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BEA, USC players compete at State Tournament

By Staff | Nov 3, 2014

The entrants in the State Individual Girls Tennis Tournament from Faribault County ran into some tough competition last week.

Blue Earth Area’s Karleigh Wolff was the lone Buccaneer to make it to the State Tournament, competing in the singles bracket.

Wolff, a senior, took on Jada Hoffman of Minnewaska Area in the opening round of the tournament. Hoffman, also a senior, came out on top with scores of 6-3, 6-4.

The match was held at 8 a.m. last Thursday at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis.

Wolff had defeated Hoffman when the two had met earlier in the week, when the Bucs played Minnewaska Area in the team tournament, and won 4-3.

The loss dropped Wolff into the consolation bracket and a match played at noon that same day.

The Buccaneer’s No. 1 singles player took on a familiar Big South Conference opponent, Waseca’s Maddie Muotka. Wolff put up a battle but lost 6-2, 6-3.

Muotka went on to win the consolation (fifth place) trophy.

Wolff called going to the State Tournament with her whole team and as an individual player a great experience to end her high school career with.

“I don’t think playing the matches in the team competition on Tuesday and Wednesday had any effect on her play in the individual competition on Thursday,” says Wolff’s mother, Konny Wolff, who is the assistant Buccaneer tennis coach. “She played very strong throughout the week.”

Karleigh Wolff won all three of her matches in the team competition.

Konny Wolff says her daughter was distracted by the fact Buccaneer head coach Terry Barnes had a heart related issue at the State Tourney and ended up at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital.

“Karleigh was worried about Coach Barnes and that may have affected her play,” Coach Wolff says.

Barnes ended up having a defibrillator put in his chest during surgery at the hospital, and is now home recovering.

The county’s other entrant at the State Individual Tennis Tournament was the United South Central doubles team tandem of junior Kia Legred and senior Lindsey Thisius.

The two Rebels notched a win in the opening round of the State Tourney when they defeated Katie Mulvey, an eighth grader, and Elena Turbenson, a senior, from Trinity at River Ridge.

The set scores were 6-3, 6-3.

The USC duo lost their next match 6-4, 6-3, to eventual state champions Grace Zumwinkle, a sophomore and Kendall Kozi- kowski, a junior, from Breck.