Bucs advance to semifinals
The Blue Earth Area girls tennis team cruised through the quarterfinals of the Section 2A Team Tournament on Wednesday night.
The No. 2 seed Buccaneers downed the No. 7 seeded Tri-City United/ Cleveland (TCU/C) Titans by a score of 5-2.
The match was originally set to be played on the Bucs’ home courts on Thursday night. But, due to possible bad weather forecast for Thursday, the match was moved to Wednesday night.
With the win, the Buccaneers now advance to the semifinals of the team tourney where they will face the No. 3 seeded St. Peter Saints on Monday, Oct. 7 at 9 a.m. at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.
If the Bucs win, they will advance to the Section finals set to be held later that same day.
The No. 1 seeded United South Central Rebels also cruised to a win on Wednesday night and will also be playing on Monday.
For the Buccaneers, No. 1 singles player Karleigh Wolff had to wait a while to play her match against Titan Breanna Jaycox.
With only six courts available, the two No. 1 singles players had to wait until a court opened up, and then were able to get their match completed despite threatening rain clouds in the sky.
The Bucs’ Wolff dispatched the Titans’ Jaycox by a score of 6-3, 6-0.
BEA’s No. 2 and 3 singles players did not fare as well.
Kaitlyn Olsen lost to Kori Lowe at the No. 2 spot, 6-0, 7-5. And at No. 3 singles, Lindsey Prokop fell 6-2, 6-1, to Courtney Hentges.
Annika Wilhelmi had little trouble defeating Rosa Ruiz at No. 4 singles by a score of 6-1, 6-1.
In doubles action, Natali Fellows and Karli Olsen cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 win over Molly Tiede and Jessica O’Meara at No. 1 doubles.
Beka Krussow and Paige Darrington had to fight hard to gain their win at No. 2 doubles.
After losing the first set 6-4, they battled back with a 6-4 win in set two and a hard-fought, close 7-5 win in the third.
At No. 3 doubles, Kali Viland and Annaliese Klinkner notched a win over Chase Arndt and Guadalupe Ruiz by scores of 6-3. 6-2.
“Tournaments and homecoming week coming together in the same week can be tough on kids,” says Buc head coach Terry Barnes. “Keeping focused on all the extra events can be even tougher. We played very well considering the situation.”
The win put BEA’s overall record at 13-5 for the season.