Bucs end up 6th at State
Sixth in State. Right where they were ranked most of the year.
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls tennis team ended a stellar season by taking sixth place in the Class A Team Tennis Tournament last week, and ended their year with a 20-3 season record.
After falling to the St. James Saints 5-2 in the opening round of the State Tournament, the Buccaneers bounced back and defeated Minnewaska Area 4-3 in the first round of the consolation bracket.
But, the Bucs were overpowered by the team from Rochester Lourdes, 6-1, in the battle for fifth place and the consolation trophy.
The Buccaneers had been ranked sixth in State Class A several times during the year, and Rochester Lourdes had been ranked fifth.
The team from Holy Family Catholic defeated Virginia, 6-1 for the State Championship.
Here is a rundown on BEA’s three matches:
Rochester Lourdes 6, BEA 1
The Buccaneers’ No. 1 singles player, Karleigh Wolff, was the lone winner for the BEA in the consolation match on Wednesday.
Wolff, who is also the Buccaneers’ only entrant in the State Singles Tennis Tournament, defeated Grace Gorman 6-1. 6-2 at the No. 1 singles spot.
At No. 2 singles, BEA’s Kaitlyn Olsen lost 7-5, 6-1 to Shannon Pederson.
Anikka Wilhelmi was downed by Natalie Allison 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 3 singles slot.
The Bucs’ Gracie Leland lost 6-3, 6-2 to Rochester’s Molly Belda at No. 4 singles.
In doubles action, BEA’s duo of Karli Olsen and Natali Fellows lost 6-4, 6-2 to Clare Palen and Rachel Kamath at No. 1 doubles.
At No. 2 doubles, the Bucs team of Paige Darrington and Beka Krussow lost 6-2, 6-1, to Sydney Allison and Ellen Gorman.
The No. 3 BEA doubles team of Annaliese Klinkner and Lacey Benz were defeated 6-2, 6-0, by Elizabeth Hart and Anna Clayton.
Minnewaska Area 3
After suffering an opening round loss at the hands of the Saints of St. James, the Buccaneers had to regroup for the next round in consolation play.
And, they succeeded.
BEA used some hard fought victories in doubles play to take a 4-3 win over Minnewaska Area last Tuesday.
The Buccaneers got two wins in singles play and two in doubles to seal the win.
BEA’s Karleigh Wolff started things off with a win at No. 1 singles. She defeated Jada Hoffman 6-2, 6-0.
And at No. 4 singles, Gracie Leland notched a win over Karissa LaMont, 6-2, 6-4.
Then at No. 1 doubles, the Buc duo of Karli Olsen and Natali Fellows lost their first set 7-5 to Joelle Thorfinnson and Annika Pederson. But the Buc team bounced back with a 6-1 win in the second set and then a hard-fought victory at third set, (10-7).
At No. 2 doubles, Paige Darrington and Beka Krussow took a huge three set marathon win, 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), (10-8), over Sarah Freske and Danielle Thorfinnson.
The No. 3 doubles team of Annaliese Klinkner and Lacey Benz lost a close battle 6-3, 7-5, to anna Vold and Michaela Englund.
Kaitlyn Olsen also lost a heartbreaker at No. 2 singles play, falling 3-6, 6-1, (10-8), to Makenna Hanson.
And, at No. 3 singles, Anikka Wilhelmi was defeated 6-3, 6-3 by Myranda Thoen.
St. James 5, BEA 2
The Bucs opened their State Tournament play last Tuesday morning by facing Big South Conference rivals, the St. James Saints.
St. James was ranked No. 3 in Class A during the season.
The Bucs lost a couple of close matches in doubles play action that could have tilted the match in their favor had they pulled out the doubles wins. BEA fell 5-2.
The Bucs did get victories from their No. 1 singles player and their No. 1 doubles team.
Karleigh Wolff downed Julia Boeve 6-4, 6-2 at that No. 1 singles spot.
And Karli Olsen and Natali Fellows combined to defeat Ashley Frederickson and Hollie Peterson, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 1 doubles.
At No. 2 singles, Kaitlyn Olsen lost her match 7-5, 6-0, to Aubrey Eckstrom.
Anikka Wilhelmi fell at No. 3 singles by a score of 6-0, 6-3, to Renata Hernandez.
Gracie Leland lost by 7-5, 6-0 to Miranda Jacoby at the No. 4 singles position.
No. 2 Buccaneer doubles team of Paige Darrington and Beka Krussow lost a three-set heartbreaker to Morgan Sandmeyer and Alejandra Trapero by scores of 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
And, at No. 3 doubles, the Buc duo of Annaliese Klinkner and Lacey Benz also lost a three-set heartbreaker by scores of 5-7, 6-1, 6-2, to Nicole Keonig and MacKenzie Blickem.