Bucs net two victories at home
The Blue Earth Area girls tennis team defeated New Ulm Thursday 4-3 to complete a 2-1 overall match record for the week.
The Bucs tennis team outlasted the Eagles in cold and blustery conditions to win the conference showdown.
BEA is now 6-4 overall and 1-1 in the South Central Conference.
The Buccaneers won all of their doubles matches and the No. 4 singles match to earn the victory over the Eagles.
New Ulm won the No. 1, 2, and 3 singles matches.
The only singles player for BEA to win was Anne Franta playing in the No. 4 slot. Franta beat Kelsey Preisinger 7-5, 6-2.
In the No. 1 doubles match, BEA’s Autumn Drake and Lindsey Prokop took down New Ulm’s team of Marissa Jonson and Hannah Jakel 7-6, 7-6.
BEA’s No. 2 doubles team of Aeli Olson and Beka Krussow also picked up a straight set victory defeating Jennifer Martins and Elyce Nelson 6-4, 6-1.
To finish the doubles sweep, BEA’s No. 3 team of Anikka Wilhelmi and Natali Fellows defeated Elissa Schmiel and Nicole Cordes 6-2, 6-3.
In No. 1 singles, New Ulm’s Emily Steinman beat Karleigh Wolff in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.
Laura Albrecht beat Kaitlyn Olsen in the No. 2 match in three sets by a score of 1-6. 6-4, 6-4.
For New Ulm’s third and final point of the match, Rachel Steinman defeated Karli Olsen 6-1, 6-7, 6-1.
The Bucs will play Mankato West on Saturday after the Register’s deadline.
Next week, the tennis team is slated for two matches. The Bucs will travel to Fairmont on Tuesday. Match time is set for 4:30 p.m. On Thursday, BEA will host Waseca in their homecoming match. Play will begin at 4:30 p.m.
The Bucs dropped a non-conference match to United South Center at home on Tuesday, but the outcome was in doubt until the final match of the day was completed.
The Rebels Linsey Thisius defeated Karli Olsen, 6-4, 6-7, 6-2 at No. 4 singles to give her team a 4-3 win. In the second set, Olsen won a 7-5 tie-breaker to knot the match at one set apiece.
The Bucs lone victory at singles came at No. 3 with Kaitlyn Olsen downing Julia Stenzel 2-6, 6-2, 7-5.
BEA’s two other wins came during doubles play. At No. 2 doubles, Aeli Olson and Beka Krussow edged Deanna Shellen and Joyce Rubio, 6-3, 6-4.
Eighth-graders Anikka Wilhelmi and Natali Fellows teamed up to beat the Rebels eighth-grade No. 3 doubles team of Lauren Allis and Angela Bixby, 6-3, 7-6. The Buc duo needed a 7-4 tie-breaker in the second set to secure the win.
At No. 1 doubles, the Bucs Autumn Drake and Anne Franta dropped a hard fought match. After winning the first set 7-5, they lost the next two 4-6, 2-6.
The Rebels’ Claire Christian was a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Karleigh Wolff at No. 1 singles, and team-
winner over Karleigh Wolff at No. 1 singles, and team-
mate Robin Staloch won at No. 2 singles over Abby Nimz, 6-4, 6-2.
Albert Lea 0
It was a clean sweep for the Bucs in a home match against the Albert Lea Tigers on Sept. 12.
BEA took advantage of beautiful conditions and lost only two sets the entire day to earn the 7-0 sweep against the Tigers.
At No. 1 singles, Karleigh Wolff dropped the first set 4-6 against Michelle Hartmann before winning the next two, 6-2, 6-1.
Abby Nimz won at No. 2 singles over Chelsea Petersen. She also needed three sets, losing 5-7 in the opening set then winning 6-2,6-4.
Kaitlyn Olsen notched a 6-2, 6-1 win over Megan Gilbertson at No. 3 singles, while No. 4 singles Karli Olsen defeated Suzie Marin in straight sets 6-0, 6-3.
Autumn Drake and Anne Franta teamed up at No.1 doubles to outlast Colleen Thompson and Kelsey Ledhart, 6-4, 6-3.
At No. 2 doubles, Aeli Olson and Beka Krussow downed Karlee Andersen and Sam Klappernick 6-2,6-3.
Eighth-graders Anikka Wilhelmi and Natali Fellows completed the 7-0 team win with a 6-0, 6-3 No. 3 doubles victory over Lynzee Underdahl and Rachel Jepsen.