Bucs seeded No. 2 in Section Tourney
The Blue Earth Area Bucs’ girls tennis team lost a close match Thursday afternoon to River Valley, falling 4-3.
It was the final regular season match for the BEA netters, who sport a 10-5 record as they enter post-season tournament action.
The Bucs gained the No. 2 seed in the Section 2A Tennis Tournament and will play at home on Thursday, Oct. 4.
BEA will host the winner of a match between Belle Plaine and TCU that will be played on Monday.
If the Buccaneers win, their next tournament action will be on Monday, Oct. 8, at Swanson Center at Gustavus Adolphus College.
Waseca has the No. 1 seed, Jordan is No. 3 and St. Peter No. 4.
The USC Rebels are seeded at No. 5 and will face the Saints in St. Peter, also on Thursday, Oct. 4.
Before the Bucs enter the Section Tournament, they will also compete in the SCC Conference Tournament which was on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Waseca.
Against River Valley on Thursday, BEA had one singles win and two from their doubles teams.
Kaitlyn Olsen defeated Natalie Stevens 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4 singles.
No. 2 doubles duo of Aeli Olson and Paige Darrington downed Marlayna Evers and Erika Ries, 6-2, 6-3.
And, at No. 3 doubles, Beka Krussow and Kali Viland won 6-0, 6-1 over Katelyn Johnson and Taylor Hoffman.
Karleigh Wolff had another three set battle at No. 1 singles, but fell 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to Kallie Smith, after having won the first set.
Lindsey Prokop, at No. 2 singles, lost 6-3, 6-2 to Becky Roiger, and Anikka Wilhelmi fell 6-2, 7-5 to Lauren Laffen at No. 3 singles in a battle between two freshmen.
Buccaneers Karli Olsen and Natali Fellows lost 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 doubles to Emily Johnson and Kalyn Haas.
Waseca 6, BEA 1
The Blue Earth Area girls tennis team’s winning streak came to an abrupt halt last Tuesday night when they traveled to Waseca.The tough Bluejay squad claimed the South Central Conference crown by downing the Bucs 6-1. The loss was just the fourth for the Buccaneers, and only their second loss in the conference.
BEA’s record fell to 10-4 overall and 3-2 in the South Central Conference.
The Bucs’ only win against the Class A No. 3-ranked Bluejays came at No. 4 singles where BEA’s Kaitlyn Olsen defeated Waseca’s Anna Hoehn 6-4, 6-1.
The Bluejays, with five seniors on the team, compared to just one for the Bucs, showed off their experience.
At No. 1 singles, BEA’s Karleigh Wolff was defeated by Waseca’s Abby Collins in a very close, hard fought match, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).
Lindsey Prokop fell to Alicia Knoll at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-1, while Anikka Wilhelmi lost to Maddi Muotka, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles.
The Buc ninth-grade duo of Karli Olsen and Natali Fellows took on Bluejay seniors Abbe Hoehn and Shanly Nelson at No. 1 doubles.
The Buc pair made it close in the first set, losing 7-5. But, they lost by 6-1 in the second.
Aeli Olson, BEA’s lone remaining senior on the varsity lineup, teamed up with freshman Paige Darrington at No. 2 doubles and lost 6-2, 6-3, to senior Bailey Krueger and junior Olivia McIntosh.
Beka Krussow and Kali Viland were defeated 6-0, 6-0 by Katie Husty and Maddy Knoll at No. 3 doubles.
BEA will have a chance for revenge against the Bluejays if the two meet for the Section 2A Tennis Tournament.
Waseca is seeded No. 1 and BEA is at No. 2. The Bucs open the tournament by hosting either Belle Plaine (No. 7 seed) or TCU (seeded No. 10.) on Thursday Oct. 4.
BEA 6, Maple River 1
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls tennis team continued their winning ways by downing the Maple River Eagles 6-1 on Saturday, Sept. 22 in Mapleton.
The win boosted the Bucs’ season record to 10-3 overall and 3-1 in the South Central Conference.
Karleigh Wolff led off at No. 1 singles with a decisive 6-3, 6-0 win over the Eagles’ Samantha Bammert.
The next two singles contests were a bit closer.
Lindsey Prokop fought off Erin Hislop at No. 2 singles for a tight 6-4, 7-5 Buccaneer win.
The Bucs’ Anikka Wilhelmi won her first set 6-1 at No. 3 singles over Megan Langworthy, but fell 6-2 in the second. Wilhelmi rallied for a crushing 6-0 win at third set for the victory.
BEA’s Kaitlyn Olsen had a close 7-5 win in her first set at No. 4 singles, but then added another Buc 6-0 win in the second set over Hannah Proehl.
BEA’s No. 1 doubles team of Karli Olsen and Natali Fellows won 6-3, 6-1 over Sam Beto and Rachel Rigdon.
No. 2 doubles duo of Aeli Olson and Paige Darrington easily won set one with a 6-1 score, but battled to a 7-5 win in set No. 2 for their victory over Maple River’s Brittany Groskreutz and Alissa Groskreutz.
The Bucs team of Beka Krussow and Adrien Whittlieff lost their No. 3 doubles match against Cassie Barkosky and Emily Spear by scores of 6-4, 6-3.
The match was played under cold and windy conditions at Mapleton.