Rebels end Bucs’ season
The United South Central Rebels showed Thursday afternoon why they are the No. 2 seed in the Section 2A Tournament.
The Rebels shut out the No. 10 seeded Blue Earth Area Buccaneers on the Rebels’ home courts in Wells.
It was the second time this season that USC had blanked BEA 7-0. This time, it ended the Bucs’ tennis season, giving them an overall 6-12 record. They were 0-5 in the South Central Conference.
The Buccaneers got off to a bad start right away, when they had to forfeit the No. 1 singles match to the Rebels. BEA’s Emily Slama was unable to play due to an injury, and USC’s Ali Ramsley won by default.
USC’s senior-laden line up was too much for the younger Bucs to handle. The Rebels have six of their 10 players from the senior class, while only two Buccaneers are seniors, with one being Slama. The Bucs played three eighth graders and two ninth graders last Thursday.
USC’s Rachel Mattick downed BEA’s Abby Nimz, 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles. It was Robin Staloch of USC defeating the Bucs’ Kelly Shortenhaus, 6-0, 6-3 at No. 3 singles. Karleigh Wolff had what turned out to be the closest contest of the afternoon, but lost to USC’s Clarice Christian at No. 4 singles, 6-3, 6-2.
At No. 1 doubles, it was Brianna Schroeder and Cami Christian of USC defeating Blaire Zierke and Autumn Drake 6-0, 6-1. The Rebels Dani Roberts and Megan Chicos won over Lindsey Prokop and Kaitlyn Olsen, 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles. Bucccaneers Aeli Olson and Makeila Shortenhaus lost to Ali Wood and Monica Bye at No. 3 doubles, 6-1, 6-3.
With the quarter finals win, the Rebels advance to the semi-finals match on Monday at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.
BEA 5, Maple River 2
After a long dry spell, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers finally got back on the winning track with a big 5-2 win at Maple River last Monday night.
And, it couldn’t have come at a better time – the opening round of the Section Tournament.
The Bucs had originally had the Eagles on their schedule as a regular season home match last Monday.
However, the Bucs and Eagles wound up having to face each other in the opening round of the Section Tournament. Since Maple River was the higher seed, they got to have the home court advantage, and the match was moved to Maple River.
BEA only lost one singles match, and one doubles contest.
At No. 1 singles, Emily Slama continued her winning ways, downing the Eagles’ Becca Hagar, 6-2, 6-0. Kelly Shortenhaus added a Buccaneer win at No. 3 singles, defeating Michaela Hislop, 6-3, 6-2.
At No. 4 singles, Karleigh Wolff notched a victory over Sarah Bartell, 6-3, 6-4.
Abby Nimz fell in her match against Josie Walters, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 2 singles.
Blaire Zierke and Autumn Drake also were defeated by their Eagle opponents, Brittany Nase and Erin Hislop, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 1 doubles.
At No. 2 doubles, the Bucs’ Lindsey Prokop and Kaitlyn Olsen teamed up for a win over Samantha Banmert and Brittany Groskreutz, 6-4, 6-2.
Aeli Olson and Makeila Shortenhaus also were victorious, downing Samantha Boto and Amanda Proehl, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3 doubles.
The win propelled the Bucs to an overall 6-11 record.
The Bucs participated in the South Central Conference Meet last Saturday in Waseca.
The Bucs’ Emily Slama placed third at No. 1 singles, defeating Hannah Flor of Waseca, 6-3, 7-5.
Abby Nimz was defeated by Kelly Bloomgren of Fairmont, 6-4, 6-2 in the match for fifth place, at No. 2 singles.
At No. 3 singles, Kelly Shortenhaus finished in fifth place with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Hannah Jakel of New Ulm.
Karleigh Wolff fell 6-3, 6-2 to Fairmont’s Allison Moeller in the match for third place at No. 4 singles.
Blaire Zierke and Autumn Drake lost 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 in the battle for fifth place at No. 1 doubles.
At No. 2 doubles, Lindsey Prokop and Kaitlyn Olsen lost 6-3, 6-2 in the fifth place match.
At No. 3 doubles, the Bucs’ team of Aeli Olson and Makeila Shortenhaus took second place, when they lost 6-3, 6-1 in the battle for first place.
They were defeated by Shanly Nelson and Madi Zimmerman of Waseca.