Tennis team drops two
United South Central showed why they are undefeated, as they flexed their muscles and swept the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers 7-0, last Tuesday night in Wells.
With six seniors, of their 10 varsity players, the Rebels have a seasoned group of veteran tennis players.
“They are not only seniors, they are ‘good’ seniors,” says BEA Coach Terry Barnes. “They have some excellent players.”
USC’s Ali Ramsley defeated BEA’s Emily Slama in a battle of talented senior players in the No. 1 singles spot.
Rachel Mattick of USC downed Abby Nimz of BEA, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 2 singles. At No. 3 singles, it was the Rebels’ Robin Staloch over the Bucs’ Kelly Shortenhaus, 6-3, 6-0.
Jordan Hanevik of BEA moved from her usual doubles team position, to fill in at No. 4 singles for an injured Karleigh Wolff. She was defeated by Claire Christian, 6-2, 6-0.
In doubles action, USC’s Brianna Schroeder and Megan Chicos beat BEA’s Blaire Zierke and Autumn Drake, 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles.
At No. 2 doubles, Dani Roberts and Cami Christian, of the Rebels, defeated Buccaneers Aeli Olson and Makeila Shortenhaus, 6-0, 6-2.
In the closest contest of the match, the Bucs’ Lindsey Prokop and Kaitlyn Olsen faced the Rebels Ali Ward and Monica Bye at No. 3 doubles.
The match wound up going to a super-tiebreaker to determine a winner.
Because the winning team (USC) had already been determined, the two coaches decided to go to the super-tiebreaker instead of a third set for the No. 3 doubles. A super-tiebreaker goes to 10 points, instead of the usual seven in a regular tie-breaker.
The score of the final match was 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), (10-8), with the USC duo prevailing.
Cards down BEA
The actual tennis match was closer than the score indicates.
Last Monday night the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers fell to the visiting Fairmont Cardinals, 5-2.
While it looks like a lop-sided win for the Cards, the Bucs were actually close in four of the matches they lost. If two of those could have gone the other way, things would have turned out differently.
BEA notched their two victories in the singles division.
Emily Slama dispatched Syd Ruen, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 singles. At No. 3 singles, Kelly Shortenhaus won 6-1, 6-4, over her Cardinal opponent, Kaleigh Ger-hardt.
Abby Nimz lost in two close hard-fought sets, 6-4, 7-5, to Kelly Bloomgren at No. 2 singles. Karleigh Wolff lost a three-set match, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, to Allison Moeller at No. 4 singles.
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