Tennis goes 2-1 for the week
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer tennis team fell just short on Thursday night when they traveled to New Ulm for a South Central Conference match.
The Bucs, who were riding a two-match winning streak, lost to the Eagles 4-3.
BEA won three of the four singles matches, but New Ulm swept the three doubles contests to take the win.
Emily Slama started things off for BEA with a win at No. 1 singles, downing Hannah Stark 6-0, 6-1.
Abby Nimz took her Eagle opponent, Emily Steinman, to three sets at No. 2 singles, but eventually lost 6-4, 0-6, 7-5.
At No. 3 singles, Kelly Shortenhaus won her three-set match against Rachel Strandmark, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 6-0. Karleigh Wolff added a win at No. 4 singles, downing Hannah Jakey 6-1, 7-5.
In doubles play, Jordan Hanevik and Blaire Zierke fell 6-1, 6-1, to Kelsey Preisinger and Kara Hendrickson at No. 1 doubles.
It was New Ulm’s Erin Rubie and Laura Albrecht besting BEA’s Autumn Drake and Lindsey Prokop 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 in a hard-fought match at No. 2 doubles.
Kaitlyn Olsen and Makeila Shortenhaus lost to Marissa Johnson and Jessica Albrecht 6-4, 6-4 at No. 3 doubles.
The loss dropped the Bucs overall season record to 5-6, and 0-2 in the conference.
This week the BEA netters host Fairmont on Monday, then travel to USC on Tuesday, and to Waseca on Thursday.
BEA 6, Austin Pacelli 1
The Buccaneers tennis team cruised to a big win last Tuesday evening, when they downed Austin Pacelli 6-1 at Schroeder Courts.
The match was a makeup from one postponed earlier in the season due to rain.
BEA got wins from all four of their singles players, including a forfeit victory for Julia Meyer at No. 4 singles.
Emily Slama cruised to a shut out match at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-0, over Lauren Rieker.
At No. 2 singles, Abby Nimz had a 6-2, 6-1 win over Abby Leif. At No. 3 singles, eighth-grader Karleigh Wolff had a close 7-5 first set win over senior Steph Kocer, then cruised to a 6-1 win in the second set.
Autumn Drake and Lindsey Prokop teamed up for a win at No. 1 doubles, 6-4, 6-1, over Lindsey Chapek and Lisa Tan.
At No. 2 doubles, the Bucs Aeli Olson and Malissa Schaefer fell to Mindy Nguyen and Maggie Leif in a hard-fought, three-set match. Scores were 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
BEA eighth-grader Kaitlyn Olson and seventh-grader Annika Wilhelmi teamed up to defeat Austin Pacelli eighth-grader Tiffany Hoesing and seventh-grader Betsy Ettinger, 6-1, 6-0.
The win evened the Buccaneers season record at 5-5.
BEA 4, Albert Lea 3
The Bucs squeaked out a narrow 4-3 win over Albert Lea last Monday night. BEA got three wins from their singles players, and one doubles team, to hammer out the win.
Karleigh Wolff got a key victory for the Buccaneers at the No. 4 singles spot.
Wolff, an eighth-grader, lost a hard-fought first set, 7-6 (7-5) to Kristen Enger, a senior.
But, she bounced back and won the second set 6-3, and finished off the match with a 6-2 score in the third set.
Emily Slama continued her winning ways at No. 1 singles, defeating Michelle Hartmann 6-0, 6-2. Kelly Shortenhaus also notched a win at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-2, over Kayla Swee.
Abby Nimz fell at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-2 to Ashley Gilbertson.
It was a pair of Buc eighth-graders, Kaitlyn Olsen and Makeila Shortenhaus, who defeated two Albert Lea seniors, Alicia Hall and Courtney Stewart, at No. 3 doubles. Scores were 6-3, 7-6 (5-2).
At No. 1 doubles, Aeli Olson and Malissa Schaefer lost to Alissa Allison and Ashley Peterson, 6-3, 6-2.
Autumn Drake and Lindsey Prokop lost 6-3, 6-1, to Chelsea Peterson and Megan Gilbertson.