Buccaneers defeat the Saints 6-1
After losing their first match of the year five days earlier, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers girls tennis team flexed their muscles and trounced the St. Peter Saints 6-1 last Thursday evening on the Bucs’ home courts.
The win, BEA’s 10th, evened their Big South Conference record at 1-1.
The Bucs started out with a win from Karleigh Wolff at the No. 1 singles position.
Wolff downed Rachel Huber with scores of 6-1, 6-4.
At No. 2 singles, Kaitlyn Olsen also notched a win, downing Val Bresnahan 6-2, 6-0. And at No. 3 singles, Anikka Wilhelmi also won easily, 6-2, 6-4, over Katie Sandquist.
The Bucs’ Gracie Leland had a tough battle at No. 4 singles, and ended up losing 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) to Aliza Doherty.
BEA won all three doubles matches over St. Peter.
At No. 1 doubles, Natali Fellows and Karli Olsen teamed up to defeat Jo Dietrich and Ali Sandquist, 6-3, 6-0.
The Buc duo of Beka Krussow and Paige Darrington cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Josie Carlson and Kelli Hanson at the No. 2 doubles spot.
And, at No. 3 doubles, Lacey Benz and Annaliese Klinkner completed the Buccaneer sweep of the doubles bracket by defeating Claire Thompson and Alex Gault by a score of 6-4, 6-2.
This week the Buccaneers tennis team will host Luverne in a make up match on Monday, then host New Ulm on Tuesday and travel to Fairmont on Thursday.
Waseca 5, BEA 2
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls tennis team suffered their first loss of the season last Tuesday afternoon in Waseca.
The Bucs fell to the Bluejays by a score of 5-2. The loss came in BEA’s first conference contest of the season, giving them an 0-1 record in the new Big South Conference, and a 9-1 overall season record.
The Bucs managed just one win in the singles matches, and one in doubles.
Anikka Wilhelmi was involved in a long, hard-fought battle at the No. 3 singles position. But, at the end of the contest, she prevailed over Waseca’s Mallorie Gehloff, 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7-2).
BEA’s other win was not so drawn out. The Bucs’ No. 2 doubles team of Beka Krussow and Paige Darrington defeated the Bluejays’ Halle Mercier and Aly Storjohann by a score of 6-3, 6-1.
At No. 1 singles, Karleigh Wolff fell to Maddie Muotka, 6-2, 6-0.
BEA’s Kaitlynn Olsen lost to Anna Hoehn at No. 2 singles by a score of 6-4, 6-2. And at No. 4 singles, Buccaneer Gracie Leland lost to Stephanie Butterfield, 6-2, 6-0.
Natalie Fellows and Karli Olsen of BEA teamed up at No. 1 doubles and faced Katie Tlusty and Maddy Knoll but lost 6-4, 6-0.
At No. 3 doubles, Lacey Benz and Annaliese Klinkner squared off against Ella Seehafer and Anna Johnson and fell by scores of 6-3, 7-5.
BEA 5, TCU 2
The No. 6 rated girls tennis team in Class A continued their winning ways last week by taking on the Tri-City United Titans in a home match on Saturday, Sept. 6. The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers came out with a big 5-2 victory.
The win boosted the Bucs record to a perfect, unblemished 9-0.
The Bucs split the four singles matches with the Titans, but it was BEA who took all three of the doubles contests to pull out the win.
BEA’s senior No. 1 singles player took on TCU senior Kori Lowe and won, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0.
Kaitlyn Olsen, another Buc senior, battled senior Courtney Hentges in three sets, but lost 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 at No. 2 singles.
At the No. 3 singles spot, juniors Anikka Wilhelmi of BEA and Kristi Frederick of TCU also went to three sets. Wilhelmi pulled out the 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 win.
Gracie Leland, a Buc sophomore, fell 6-3, 6-3, to Titan senior Rosa Ruiz.
A No. 1 doubles, a pair of BEA juniors, Natali Fellows and Paige Darrington, teamed up to down Molly Tiede, a senior, and Guadalupe Ruiz, ninth grader, 6-2, 6-1.
Beka Krussow, a BEA senior and Karli Olsen, a junior, took on juniors Emily Holicky and Chase Arndt at No 2 doubles and won 7-5, 6-2.
At No. 3 doubles the Buc junior duo of Lacey Benz and Annaliese Klinkner downed senior Lexi Briseno and sophomore Alyssa Quist, 6-2, 6-4.