BEA wins 5-1 in crossover
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls tennis team fresh off getting named the No. 1 seed in the Section 2A Tennis Tournament won their 16th match of the season last Thursday night at home.
The Buccaneers downed the team from River Valley by a score of 5-2.
BEA lost one match in both singles and doubles competition, but still pulled out the big win.
Both of the matches that the Bucs lost were very close contests.
Karleigh Wolff opened up the evening with a win over Kalyn Hass at No. 1 singles, 6-3, 6-0.
Then the Bucs’ Anikka Wilhelmi outlasted her No. 2 singles opponent, Lauren Laffen, winning in three sets, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
Annaliese Klinkner cruised to a win at No. 3 singles, defeating Alyssa Rubey by scores of 6-4, 6-2.
At No. 4 singles, BEA’s Gracie Leland won her first set in a long tie breaker, 6-6 (7-5). However, she lost the next two, 6-3, 6-3.
In doubles action, Natali Fellows and Karli Olsen teamed up for the Bucs and downed Erica Ries and Natalie Stevens, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 1 doubles.
At No. 2 doubles, Beka Krussow and Paige Darrington combined for a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Ashley Johnson and Carissa Evens.
Lacey Benz and Angie Cyphers teamed up at No. 3 doubles to take on Karlie Ries and Sara Havgo.
The Buc duo won the first set 6-3, but then fell 6-4 in the second set. They then lost a heartbreaker, 10-8 in the third set.
As the No. 1 seed in the Section Tourney, the Buccaneers will take on the winner of a Sept. 29 match between No. 8 seed Maple River and No. 9 Jordan.
The Bucs will host one of those two teams at home on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 4 p.m. If they win they will advance to the next round, playing either No. 4 seeded Sibley East or No. 5 seed TCU.
The United South Central Rebels are seeded No. 6 and will take on No. 3 seed Le Sueur-Henderson on Oct. 2.
St. Peter got the No. 2 seed and plays No. 7 Belle Plaine on Oct. 2.
BEA 5, Luverne 1
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls tennis team powered their way through the Big South Conference ‘crossover’ match held in Blue Earth last Tuesday.
The Buccaneers won a 5-1 decision over the Cardinals of Luverne.
The last match of the day, No. 3 doubles, was suspended due to rain.
At the time the match was called off, Blue Earth Area’s tandem of Lacey Benz and Angie Cyphers were leading, having won the first set 6-4. The score was tied at 4-4 in the second set.
That match did not count, however, causing the final score to be 5-1.
The Buccaneers took control early in the match.
BEA’s Karleigh Wolff took a 6-4, 6-2 win over Kynzie Smerlsrud at No. 1 singles.
At No. 2 singles, the Buc’s Karli Olsen fought her way to a 6-4, 7-5 win against the Card’s Samantha Pierce.
Anikka Wilhelmi cruised to a shut out win over Monaya Hustoft, 6-0, 6-0, at the No. 3 singles position, while teammate Gracie Leland nearly did the same thing at No. 4 singles, defeating Brooke Nattress 6-1, 6-0.
In doubles action, the Buccaneer duo of Natali Fellows and Paige Darrington won a 6-2, 6-3 No. 1 doubles match over Luverne opponents McKenzie Wenninger and Danielle Kneip.
At No. 2 doubles, BEA’s Beka Krussow and Annaliese Klinkner lost to the Luverne team of Lexie Severtson and Joci Oye, 7-6 (5), 6-3.
The victory boosted the Buccaneers’ overall season record to 15-1 and they now stand at 5-1 in the Big South Conference.