Netters end season with 4-3 win over Luverne
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer tennis team wrapped up regular season play with a 4-3 victory over Luverne.
The Bucs finish the season with a 7-4 record overall and a 4-1 mark in the South Central Conference.
Against Luverne, the Bucs won all four of their singles matches to earn the meet victory.
In No. 1 singles, BEA’s Aaron Wilhelmi rallied after dropping the first set 6-1 to Luverne’s Joey Vajgrt.
The senior proceeded to win the second set 7-5 and the third set 7-6 to earn the hard fought victory.
Wade Wilhelmi won in two closely contested sets over Dustin Deutsch to pick up the Bucs’ second point of the match.
The No. 2 singles player escaped a first set tie-breaker winning 7-6 (3). Wilhelmi won the decisive set by a score of 6-4.
BEA’s dominance in singles play continued in No. 3 singles as Colan Surratt upended Joel Wohnoutka 6-4, 7-5.
Riley Holmseth rounded out the scoring for the Bucs, clinching the meet victory in a three set battle.
The No. 4 player lost the first set 5-7 and was pushed to a tiebreaker in the second set, but the senior dug in deep to win the breaker 7-4.
After winning set two, it was all Holmseth as he cruised to a third set 6-0 win.
After the sweep in singles play, BEA had the tables turned in the doubles portion of the meet.
All three doubles squads for the Bucs lost.
In No. 1 doubles, Luverne’s Scott Nelson and Blake Ziegler set the tone with a first set 6-3 win over Hans Kittleson and Hunter Myers.
In set number two, it was all Myers and Kittleson as they evened the set score after a 6-1 win.
Nelson and Ziegler had an answer in the third set winning 6-3 to seal the victory.
Luverne’s Trevor Johnson and Brandon Bosh had little trouble against BEA’s Eric Purvis and Chance Andrew’s. The No. 2 team for Luverne won 6-3, 6-1.
To close out the meet, Luverne’s Nathan Stensland and Ethan Johnson triumphed over the BEA team of Ryan Gronewold and Nick Lein. The final score of the match was 6-2, 6-0.