BEA tennis team tallies 3 wins
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls tennis team, ranked No. 6 in State Class A, got off to a fast start to the 2015 by picking up wins in their first three matches of the season.
The Buccaneers were at the Glencoe-Silver Lake Tournament last Tuesday, Aug. 25. At the tourney they shut out two teams, host Glencoe-Silver Lake as well as Sibley East, with 7-0 victories and took a close 4-3 win over cross county rival United South Central Rebels.
BEA 4, USC 3
The Buccaneers started off the season with an exciting 4-3 win over the USC Rebels at Glencoe.
BEA won two singles and two doubles matches while USC took two singles and just one of the doubles contests.
Buc senior Karli Olsen took on fellow senior Kia Legred of USC in a three set battle.
Legred took the first set 6-4, but Olsen came back and won the second set by the identical 6-4 score.
The third set was a marathon tie-breaker that ended in a 10-8 score in Olsen’s favor.
The Bucs also took a win at No. 2 singles when senior Natali Fellows defeated USC sophomore Carly Weber by a 6-1, 6-1, score.
The Rebels Emma Barnd, a sophomore, defeated the Bucs’ Anikka Wilhelmi at No. 3 singles by a score of 6-3, 6-1, score.
And at No. 4 singles, USC senior Kelly Neubauer defeated BEA senior Lacey Benz by a score of 6-3, 6-2.
BEA’s No. 1 doubles tandem of senior Paige Darrington and junior Gracie Leland defeated USC’s duo of senior Wendy Martinez and junior Hayley Olson by a score of 6-4, 6-3.
And the Bucs also had a hard fought win at No. 3 doubles when senior Annaliese Klinkner and sophomore Julia Hanson downed freshman Madison Loegering and eighth grader Daylyn Huper by a 6-3, 7-5 score.
But, it was the battle at No. 2 doubles that went the distance.
USC’s doubles team of senior Adriana Soto and junior Kalei Cory won the first set 6-4. But the Bucs duo of senior Angie Cyphers and sophomore Malarie Scholtes came back and won the second set by the same 6-4 score.
USC’s Soto and Cory won the third set in a 15-13 marathon.
BEA 7, G-SL 0
The Bucs swept the tournament host Glencoe-Silver Lake Panthers 7-0 in their second contest of the day.
The Bucs No. 1 singles player, Karli Olson blanked Chelsea Bandas 6-0, 6-0.
At No. 2 singles, Natali Fellows downed Justine Helmbrecht by a 6-1, 6-0 score.
Then at No. 3 singles, Anikka Wilhelmi defeated Grace Draeger 6-0, 6-0, and Lacey Benz beat Payton Liliental 6-2, 6-4 at No. 4 singles.
Paige Darrington and Gracie Leland teamed up to take a 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 1 doubles over Lindsey Wedin and Teanna V.
At No. 2 doubles, Angie Cyphers and Malarie Scholtes had to stage a come-from-behind win of 1-6, 6-3, 10-4.
Annaliese Klinkner and Julia Hanson finished off the sweep by downing Maddie Dressel and Mady Posuta at No. 3 doubles by a score of 6-4, 6-2.
BEA 7, Sibley East 0
The Bucs swept all seven matches in the contest against Sibley East.
At No. 1 singles, Karli Olsen downed Ella Lundstrom by a score of 6-3, 6-1.
Lacey Benz, playing at No. 2 singles, had her hands full with Alli Harter, but came out with a 6-4, 2-6, 10-7 win.
At No. 3 singles, Natali Fellows notched a 6-3, 6-3, victory over Faith Young.
And, Anikka Wilhelmi completed the singles sweep with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Lindsey Flieth at No. 4 singles.
BEA’s doubles duo of Paige Darrington and Gracie Leland scored a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles over Ariel Butler and Alyssa Weber.
Angie Cyphers and Malarie Scholtes combined for a 7-5, 6-4, win over Natalie Mesker and Caydyn Anderson at No. 2 doubles.
At No. 3 doubles, another close contest ended with BEA’s Annaliese Klinkner and Julia Hanson took a 5-7, 6-2, 10-4 marathon win over Mandy Thomas and Emily Tuchtenhagen.