Netters win one of three matches
The St. Peter Saints tennis team showed why they are a favorite in the South Central Conference.
The Saints blanked the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers 7-0 on BEA’s home courts last Tuesday.
The Bucs had three close matches, but in the end did not win a single set.
Wade Wilhelmi took his No. 2 singles opponent, Nathan Huber, to a long tiebreaker in their first set. After the score was 7-6, the two battled until Huber took the tiebreaker 10-8.
Wilhelmi fell 6-0 in the second set.
Riley Holmseth, at No. 4 singles, lost his first set 6-3 to Sam Pederson. In the second set, Holmseth was behind 7-6, then lost 7-4 in the tiebreaker.
At No. 2 doubles, the Bucs’ Eric Purvis and Nick Lein lost two hard fought sets by the same 7-5 scores to Ty Benner and Kevin Saulnier.
Other scores were not as close.
At No. 1 singles, Aaron Wilhelmi lost to Mitch Elofson 6-3, 6-1. No. 3 singles player Colan Surratt fell 6-3, 6-4 to Spencer Gault.
No. 1 doubles team of Hans Kittleson and Hunter Myers lost to Alex Nodeau and Ben Gault, 6-1, 6-4.
Chance Andrews and Ryan Gronewald lost to Alex Willson and Matt Huber, 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 doubles.
The Bucs’ record falls to 3-4 overall and 2-1 in the SCC.
This week the Bucs play the New Ulm Eagles on Monday in a match postponed from April.
Mound-Westonka 6, BEA 1
A tennis match against Mound-Westonka last Monday afternoon did not turn out too well for the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer team.
The Bucs fell 6-1.
BEA’s No. 1 singles player, Aaron Wilhelmi, managed the one victory for the Bucs in the match played at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.
Wilhelmi, a senior, won in a three-set battle against freshman Arend Turner.
Wilhelmi won the first set 7-5, but fell in the second set, 6-4. He rallied in the third set for a solid 6-2 win.
At No. 2 singles, Wade Wilhelmi fell 6-1, 7-5 to Luke Moorhead.
Colan Surratt lost 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 to Wells Brose at No. 3 singles. At No. 4 singles, Hans Kittleson lost 6-1, 6-1 to Sander Lee.
Eric Purvis and Hunter Myers teamed up at No. 1 doubles for BEA, and lost 6-1, 6-0 to the White Hawks’ Will Griffith and Nate Schermerhorn.
At No. 2 doubles, Chance Andrews and Ryan Gronewald fell to Hunter Botts and Hunter Putt, 6-3, 6-2.
Nick Lein and Chandler Kienitz lost to Trevor Omann and David Bingham at No. 3 doubles, 6-0, 6-0.
Mound-Westonka has just one senior on its squad this year. For the Bucs, all four singles players are seniors. Both teams feature a seventh-grader on the varsity team.
BEA 5, Albert Lea 2
Blue Earth Area won all four singles matches and added one doubles win to defeat Albert Lea 5-2 on Friday, April 29.
Two of the singles players had to stage come from behind wins to help BEA’s record advance to 3-2.
At No. 1 singles, Aaron Wilhelmi easily dispatched Logan Tufte 6-0, 6-1.
Likewise, at No. 3 singles, Colan Surratt won 6-1, 6-1 over Trevor Herfindahl.
But, at No. 2 singles, Wade Wilhelmi fell behind Dyllan Engebretson by losing the first set 6-4. He bounced back, however, and won the next two sets 6-2, 6-2.
Eric Purvis also lost his first set 6-4 at No. 4 singles to Aaron Woitas. He came back and won two straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
At No. 1 doubles. Hans Kittleson and Hunter Myers won a tight battle, 7-5, over Steven Kreun and Darik Weigel. The Buc pair won the second set 6-4.
Chance Andrews and Ryan Gronewold lost 6-4, 6-1 to Kule Zogg and Tate Tufte at No. 2 doubles.
At No. 3 doubles, Nick Lein and Edward Kuan fell to Evan Templeman and Carter Dahl, 6-1, 6-0.