Bucs shut out competition all week
On a breezy, but sunny, Thursday afternoon, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls tennis team traveled to Fairmont for a conference match and came home with a 6-1 victory.
The Buccaneers’ only loss came at No. 2 singles when BEA’s Kaitlyn Olsen had to quit with an injury default.
Olsen had lost the first set to the Cardinal’s Abby Fitzgerald by a score of 6-1. But, Olsen had bounced back and won the second set 6-1, and was leading in the third set by a 3-2 score when she was forced to forfeit the match.
Karleigh Wolff started things out for the Bucs with a victory at No. 1 singles over Sophie Shelgren.
Wolff won the first set 6-3, and came through with a closer 7-5 win in the second set.
At No. 3 singles, BEA’s Anikka Wilhelmi downed Ellie Tonder by identical set scores of 6-4, 6-4.
Gracie Leland defeated her Fairmont opponent, Lauren Carlson, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 4 singles.
In doubles action, Natali Fellows and Karli Olsen teamed up at No. 1 doubles to take on Shantel Quist and Madisyn Plumhoff. The Buccaneer duo won 6-2, 6-3.
At No. 2 doubles, Beka Krussow and Paige Darrington were paired up and took a 6-1, 6-1, win over Morgan Cihoski and Brittany Bass.
Lacey Benz and Annaliese Klinkner closed things up for the Bucs by defeating Cardinals Anna Hernes and Hayley Fogelson 6-3, 6-3, at No. 3 doubles.
The victory pushed the Bucs overall season record to 14-1, and they are now 4-1 in the Big South Conference.
This week the Buccaneers will play in a Big South Conference crossover match on Tuesday, then host the team from River Valley on Thursday.
BEA 7, New Ulm 0
The Class A, No. 7 state-ranked Blue Earth Area Buccaneers continued their winning ways last Tuesday afternoon by shutting out the New Ulm Eagles on the Blue Earth tennis courts.
The Buccaneer girls tennis team completely dominated the visiting Eagles on what Buc head coach Terry Barnes called a top 10 day for tennis, weather-wise.
Despite having several of the Buccaneer players struggling with illness, BEA showed why they deserve to be in the top 10 state rankings.
Karleigh Wolff, who missed one match earlier in the week due to illness, downed her No. 1 singles opponent, Taylor Rolduan, 6-1, 6-2.
At No. 2 singles, Kaitlyn Olsen breezed past Sara Guymon 6-0, 6-1. Anikka Wilhelmi shut out her Eagle opponent, Rose Dobie, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles.
Gracie Leland also won at No. 4 singles, downing Abbey Frauenholtz, 6-3, 6-1.
The Bucs doubles teams also had little trouble in notching three wins.
Natali Fellows and Paige Darrington got things going at No. 1 doubles by defeating Jane Arnoldt and Gracelyn Sarkar, 6-1, 6-2.
The Buccaneer duo of Karli Olsen and Beka Krussow blanked Matea Sievert and Meleah Reinhart, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 2 doubles.
Lacey Benz and Annaliese Klinkner combined to take on Emma Vranich and Breanna Widmer at No. 3 doubles and completed the Bucs clean sweep with a 6-3, 6-2 win.
The victory pushed the Buccaneer season record to 13-1 and gave them a 2-1 record in the Big South Conference.
BEA 7, Luverne 0
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls tennis team pulled out a couple of close matches to complete a sweep of the Luverne Cardinals, winning 7-0 in Blue Earth Monday night.
The match had been postponed from Aug. 21 due to weather.
The closest match of the afternoon was at No. 3 doubles with the Bucs’ Anikka Wilhelmi taking on the Cards’ Sam Pierce.
Wilhelmi took the first set in a close battle, 7-5. She then dropped the second set to Pierce by a 6-2 score.
The two girls had a long tight contest in the third set, with Wilhelmi prevailing 7-6 (7-5).
The other singles matches were not that close.
Playing at No. 1 singles, Kaitlyn Olsen topped Kynzie Smedsrud, 6-2, 6-3.
And at No. 2 singles, Karli Olsen dispatched Lexie Sevedson, 6-0. 6-0.
BEA’s Gracie Leland defeated Monaya Hustolf at No. 4 singles by a score of 6-3, 6-0.
In doubles action, Buccaneers Natali Fellows and Paige Darrington teamed up to down Danielle Kneip and McKenzi Wenninger 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles.
At No. 2 doubles, Beka Krussow and Annaliese Klinkner took three sets to defeat Jaci Oye and Tatiana Gust. The Buc duo won the first set 6-2, but lost the second set 6-4. They rebounded and won set three by a score of 7-5.
Lacey Benz and Angie Cyphers defeated Bryanna Wessels and Kayla Rud at No. 3 doubles by a score of 6-3, 6-3.
The win boosted the Buccaneers’ overall season record to 12-1, while they went to 1-1 in the Big South Conference.
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls tennis team snagged fourth place in an eight-team invitational at Mankato West on Saturday, Sept. 13. They tallied 14 points.
The Buccaneers were led by second place finishes from Karli Olsen at No. 2 singles and Kaitlyn Olsen and Karleigh Wolff teaming up at No. 1 doubles.
Karli Olsen opened her tourney competition by defeating Lexi Baumann of Chaska, 6-1, 6-0.
Next, she downed Marissa Swenson of Mankato West by a score of 7-5, 6-2.
In the championship match, Olsen lost a hard fought 2-6, 6-4, (10-3) contest to Grace Sperr of Holy Family Catholic.
Kaitlyn Olsen and Wolff, who usually play singles for the Buccaneers, teamed up at doubles and won their opening match 6-1, 6-1 over Hunter Clark and Shea Oman of New London-Spicer.
They went on to down Hannah Weng and Maddison Ahrens of Mankato West by a score of 6-2, 6-4.
The Buc duo then lost in the championship match by a score of 6-3, 6-1 to Gretchen McDonald and Kyla Bills of Rosemount.
Other Bucs who placed were Gracie Leland at No. 4 singles who took third place and the No. 2 doubles team of Paige Darrington and Beka Krussow who claimed fifth place in the tournament.
Lacey Benz and Annaliese Klinkner ended up in sixth place at No. 3 doubles.
Natali Fellows took seventh place at the No. 1 singles spot and Anikka Wilhelmi also took seventh at the No. 3 singles position.
BEA 7, Maple River 0
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers tennis team had to score seven points in several of their sets, but eventually they came away with a 7-0 victory against the Maple River Eagles on Friday, Sept. 12 in Mapleton.
Karleigh Wolff started things off for the Bucs by shutting out the Eagles’ Hannah Proehl 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.
At No. 2 singles, Kaitlyn Olsen defeated Steph Beto 6-1, 6-0.
The Bucs’ Anikka Wilhelmi out lasted her opponent, Vanessa Barkowsky, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1) at No. 3 singles.
Gracie Leland cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 4 singles over Sarah Stromer.
In doubles action, all three Buc duos had close matches but all three pulled out wins.
At No. 1 doubles, Natali Fellows and Paige Darrington defeated Megan Langworthy and Rachel Rigdon by scores of 6-1, 6-6 (7-5).
Karli Olsen and Beka Krussow teamed up at No. 2 doubles to take on Emily Spear and Katelyn Langworthy and the Buc duo won 7-5, 6-2.
At No. 3 doubles, Lacey Benz and Angie Cyphers had a three set battle against Mariah Proehl and Hannah Evenson, but the Buccaneers came out with a 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 win to seal the sweep of the Eagles.