Tennis team finished last week 2-1
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer tennis team had a successful trip to Sleepy Eye on Thursday night.
The BEA girls defeated the River Valley Wildcats by a score of 6-1.
River Valley is a combination of Sleepy Eye, Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s and Springfield players.
The Bucs’ Karleigh Wolff started things off at No. 1 singles by downing Kayln Haas 6-0, 6-2.
Kaitlyn Olsen won 6-1, 6-4 over Lauren Laffen at No. 2 singles. Lindsey Prokop also notched a victory at No. 3 singles, scoring 6-1, 6-0 over Alyssa Rubey.
At No. 4 singles, Lacey Benz lost to her Wildcat opponent, Sara Haugo, by scores of 6-2, 6-3.
Natali Fellows and Karli Olsen teamed up at No. 1 doubles and defeated Erika Ries and Natalie Stevens in two sets, 6-1, 6-3.
At No. 2 doubles, Beka Krussow and Paige Darrington were the winners over Ashley Johnson and Carissa Evers with a 6-2, 6-1 victory.
Finishing up the Buccaneer win were Anikka Wilhelmi and Annaliese Klinkner who scored a 6-4, 6-0 victory at No. 3 doubles over Taylor Hoffman and Karlie Ries.
This past Saturday, the Bucs competed in the South Central Conference Tournament. Details will be in the next Register.
The Buccaneers received the No. 2 seed in the Section 2A Tournament.
On Thursday, Oct. 3, the Bucs will take on the No. 7-seeded Tri-City United team.
United South Central is the No. 1 seed in the tourney. They will also be playing on Thursday, against either Le Sueur-Henderson or Maple River.
Waseca 5, BEA 2
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers girls tennis team found out last Tuesday night just how good the Waseca Bluejay girls are.
The Bucs lost 5-2 to the Bluejays on BEA’s home courts.
The Buccaneers managed just one win in both the singles and doubles brackets, but several other matches were also hard fought and close.
At No. 4 singles, BEA sophomore Anikka Wilhelmi dispatched her senior Waseca opponent, Anja Baumgarn, 6-2, 6-1.
Beka Krussow and Paige Darrington paired up at No. 2 doubles and defeated Stephanie Butterfield and Mallorie Gehloff 6-3, 6-3.
At No. 2 singles, Kaitlyn Olsen had a tough three-set loss. She lost the first set 6-4 to Waseca’s Anna Hoehn, then rallied for a 6-3 win in the second set. Olsen lost set three 6-3.
Olsen’s sister Karli and partner Natali Fellows had a similar scenario at No. 1 doubles. The Buc duo won the first set 6-4 over the ‘Jays’ Olivia McIntosh and Maddy Knoll.
But, the BEA team couldn’t hang on and lost the next two sets 6-3, 6-4.
BEA’s Karleigh Wolff was defeated 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles by Waseca’s Maddie Muotka. Lindsey Prokop lost to Katie Tlusty 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 3 singles slot.
Kali Viland and Annaliese Klinkner took on Aly Storjohann and Ella Seehafer at the No. 3 doubles spot and lost a hard-fought first set 7-6 (7-4) before losing the second set 6-1.
The loss dropped BEA’s overall record to 11-5 and put them at 2-3 in the South Central Conference.
BEA 7, New Ulm 0
In a match that was postponed from Tuesday, Sept. 17 due to weather, the Blue Earth Area girls tennis team crushed the New Ulm Eagles 7-0 on Monday last week.
Not only did the Bucs shut out the Eagles, none of the sets were very close. BEA only gave up nine games in the competition while winning 168.
The Bucs’ Karleigh Wolff started things out with a 6-2, 6-0 win over the Eagles’ Maya Sarkar at No. 1 singles. Kaitlyn Olson followed with a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles over Miriam Jakel.
At No. 3 singles, Lindsey Prokop blanked Taylor Boldman 6-0, 6-0. Anikka Wilhelmi added a 6-0, 6-1 win against Rose Dobie at No. 4 singles.
Karli Olsen and Natali Fellows paired up at No. 1 doubles for a 6-1, 6-0 win over Emma Vranich and Gracelyn Sarkar.
With BEA’s Beka Krussow sidelined due to illness, Coach Terry Barnes did some substituting.
At No. 2 doubles, Kali Viland joined Paige Darrington and the two defeated Sara Guyman and Jane Arnold 6-1, 6-0. Lacey Benz stepped in at No. 3 doubles with Annaliese Klinkner and the Buc duo downed Mattea Sievert and Sicily Trullinger 6-3, 6-0.
The Eagles are in a rebuilding year. The team has no seniors listed and only three juniors. Several eighth and ninth graders are on the starting varsity squad.
BEA’s record went to 11-4, 2-2 South Central Conference, with the shutout victory.