Rebels edge Bucs in Section play, 4-3
After a one-day rain delay, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer and United South Central Rebel tennis teams met in Wells for the opening round of the Section 2A Team Tennis Tournament.
USC won the match 4-3 by taking all four of the singles matches. BEA claimed wins in all three doubles matches.
The Rebels advanced in the tournament while the Bucs season – as a team – came to an end.
Both teams will be sending members to compete in the Section 2A Individual Tennis Tournament, held at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter beginning last Thursday.
The BEA-USC team tournament match was scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. last Monday afternoon. However, a heavy rain hit Wells at that time and lasted until 5 p.m.
Crews of workers tried to dry off the courts with squeegees and leaf blowers. However, by 7 p.m. it was determined the courts were not safe for play, and the match was postponed until the following afternoon.
Buc Coach Terry Barnes continued using a different lineup than what was used most of the season.
“I felt we had a good chance to sweep the doubles,” he says. “We just needed to pull out one win in the singles in order to win.”
The Rebels, however, prevailed in all four singles contests.
USC’s Claire Christian defeated BEA’s Abby Nimz in No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-0.
The Buc’s Karli Olsen lost to Robin Staloch in a close match, 6-3, 7-5 at No. 2 singles.
The Rebel’s Julia Stenzel shut out Buccaneer Allie Curtis 6-0, 6-0, at No. 3 singles. And, it was Linsey Thisius of USC prevailing over Camille Driscoll at No. 4 singles 6-3, 6-4.
BEA claimed its three wins in the doubles, but all three were relatively close contests.
Bucs Karleigh Wolff and Kaitlyn Olsen teamed up to down Monica Bye and Kia Legred at No. 1 doubles.
After a close 7-6 (7-1) first set, the BEA duo won the second set 6-2.
At No. 2 doubles, Autumn Drake and Lindsey Prokop needed three sets to defeat USC’s Deanna Shellen and Joyce Rubio 5-7, 6-1, 6-1.
And at No. 3 doubles, BEA’s Aeli Olson and Beka Krussow downed Lauren Allis and Angela Bixby 7-5, 6-1.
The Buccaneers ended their season with a 9-8 overall season record. They were 1-4 in the South Central Conference.