Headed to State tennis
One Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls tennis player and three from United South Central are headed to the State Individual Tennis Meet next week.
USC’s Claire Christian won the Section 2A Girls Tennis Singles Meet on Monday, with BEA’s Karleigh Wolff taking true second.
That means both girls are headed to State.
The USC Rebels doubles team of Lindsey Thisius and Kia Legred took first place in the Section doubles competition and are also headed to State.
The USC girls as a team had qualified for the State Meet earlier by defeating the BEA girls in the Section 2A Team Tournament.
During last Thursday and Monday’s individual competition, USC and BEA faced off against each other quite often again.
USC’s Christian defeated BEA’s Wolff 6-2, 6-4 in the championship match to earn first place.
To gain a spot in the championship match, Wolff had earlier defeated USC’s Julie Stenzel by scores of 6-2, 6-2, in order to advance.
After losing to the No. 1 seeded Christian, Wolff had to play yet another match on Monday, this time to determine true second place.
She faced off against Breann Walsh of Sleepy Eye, who had lost to Christian earlier.
The No. 2 seeded Wolff handled Walsh with a 6-4, 6-3 victory and earned her trip to the State Tournament.
Walsh then took on USC’s Stenzel to determine true third place and won by injury default.
BEA’s other entrant into the singles division of the Section Tournament was Annika Wilhelmi.
The Buccaneer first defeated Grace Olson of Belle Plaine, 6-4, 6-0, before falling to USC’s Christian 6-0, 6-0 in the second round.
In doubles action at Swanson Center at Gustavus Adolphus College, the USC duo of Thisius and Legred, seeded No. 1, defeated No. 3 seeded Victoria Reed and Rachel Menke of Jordan for the championship, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.
The Jordan pair had defeated BEA’s Karli Olsen and Natali Fellows in the previous match, 6-1, 6-4. The Buc duo had the No. 2 seed in the tourney.
The Buc pair then had to face off against Ashley Morrison and Jane Schneider of Belle Plaine in order to determine true third place.
The BEA doubles team took that match 6-3, 6-4 to claim the third place trophy.
Earlier, that same Buc doubles team had defeated Joyce Rubio and Angela Bixby of USC by scores of 6-2, 6-0 in order to advance.
BEA’s other doubles team, composed of Kaitlyn Olsen and Lindsey Prokop, had lost to Thisius and Legred of USC by scores of 6-2, 6-2.
In opening round action, which was held on Thursday, Oct. 10, BEA’s Wolff had defeated Val Bresnahan of St. Peter, 6-1, 6-1 and Mariah Schrupp of Sleepy Eye, 6-3, 6-1. USC’s Christian had downed Katherine Ishinose of Jordan, 6-0, 6-0 before taking on BEA’s Wilhelmi.
USC’s Stenzel won her opening round match over Paige Moran of Jordan, 6-1, 6-1, and then Carlie Brandt of Le Sueur-Henderson, 6-4, 6-4.
In doubles play, Thisius and Bixby of USC beat a St. Peter doubles team, 6-1, 7-5, and BEA’s Olsen and Fellows downed an LSH duo, 6-3, 6-0, before the two met up against each other.
The State Tennis Tournament will be held Oct. 22-25 at the Reed-Sweatt Tennis Center in Minneapolis.
The team portion is set for Tuesday and Wednesday, while the singles and doubles competitors square off on Thursday and Friday.