BEA shocks Mavs, net 4-3 win
Buccaneer girls tennis coach Terry Barnes was doing a lot of pacing around the Schroeder Courts in Blue Earth last Thursday night.
Barnes was attempting to keep track of six matches at the same time as Blue Earth Area took on Martin County West.
“I knew it could be a close match, and I wanted to see how each of our players was doing,” Barnes says. “They beat us 4-3 last year, and it would be a huge boost for our team if we could beat them this year.”
The Bucs did just that, reversing last year’s score and downing the Mavericks 4-3.
“I think the key was when Abby (Nimz) pulled out an awesome win at No. 2 singles,” Barnes says. “She really stepped up.”
Nimz, a sophomore, lost her first set to Maverick senior Alexis Janssen by a resounding score of 6-1.
But Nimz came back to win the next set 6-4, then finished it off with a big 6-1 win.
The Bucs’ No. 1 singles player, Emily Slama, was back from missing several matches due to illness, and she polished off her MCW opponent, Aziley Smith, 6-2, 6-2.
Kelly Shortenhaus had a big battle against MCW’s Kelci Russenberger, but lost in three sets.
Shortenhaus won the first set 6-2, but lost a hard-fought second set 7-5, before falling 6-3 in the third set.
Eighth-grader Karleigh Wolff won her match at No. 4 singles 6-3, 6-0, over Kaleigh Russen-berger.
The Bucs got one win out of the three doubles matches.
Lindsey Prokop teamed up with Kaitlyn Olsen for the first time this season and the two pulled out a 6-2, 6-2 win over Megan Suter and Jennifer Hagen. At No. 1 doubles, Jordan Hanevik and Autumn Drake won their first set over MCW’s Karen Suter and Lindsey Treitline, but then lost 6-4, 6-4 to lose the match.
Blaire Zierke and Annika Wilhelmi lost to Shawna Dressen and Emily Laurence 6-1, 6-2, at No. 3 doubles.
The win puts BEA’s season record at 3-4.
This week the Bucs host St. James on Thursday.