Tennis team stays perfect with a 10-0 record
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls tennis team narrowly defeated Big South rival St. Peter Saints last Thursday night to keep a perfect unblemished 10-0 record for the season.
The Bucs downed the Saints 4-3 on St. Peter’s home courts. Because of a rain delay, the match did not get over until 10:15 p.m. Thursday night.
BEA took 3 of 4 singles matches and added just one doubles victory in order to seal the narrow win.
The closest and pivotal win for the Bucs came at No. 3 singles. BEA’s Anikka Wilhelmi took the first set 6-4 over St. Peter’s Josie Corkon, but then had to battle 7-6 (7-2) to gain the win.
Meanwhile, Karli Olsen cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles over Rachel Huber. And Paige Darrington downed Lily Elofson 6-4, 6-3, at No. 4 singles.
Natali Fellows lost a 6-2, 6-4, match at No. 2 singles to St. Peter’s Kelli Hanson.
BEA’s No. 2 doubles team of Lacey Benz and Annaliese Klinkner took a 6-2, 6-2, win over Ali Sandquist and Natalie Yang to seal the Buccaneer victory.
Gracie Leland and Angie Cyphers teamed up against Katie Sandquist and Aliza Doherty at No. 1 doubles, but lost 6-1, 6-4.
And at No. 3 doubles, Julia Hanson and Malarie Scholtes were downed 6-3, 7-5 at the No. 3 doubles slot.
The win was the first match of the season for the Buccaneers that counted towards their Big South Conference record, putting them at 1-0.
Next up for BEA was the Mankato West Invitational this past Saturday, after the deadline for this week’s Faribault County Register.
This week the Bucs host a very talented Waseca squad on Monday night, in a match that was postponed due to wind from Tuesday, Sept. 15. Then they play at New Ulm on Tuesday and host Fairmont on Thursday.
BEA 7, TCU 0
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers shut out the Tri-City United Titans in girls tennis action on Friday, Sept. 12, in Blue Earth.
The Class A seventh ranked Bucs swept the Titans 7-0 and boosted their overall season record to a perfect 9-0.
In fact, none of the matches went to three sets and only one set was hotly contested.
At No. 1 singles, Karli Olsen got BEA off on the right foot with a 6-0, 6-1 win over the Titan’s Guadalupe Ruiz.
Natali Fellows downed Kristi Frederick at No. 2 singles by scores of 6-4, 6-3. And at No. 3 singles, Anikka Wilhelmi cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 win over Alyssa Quist.
BEA’s Paige Darrington completed the singles matches with a victory over Kadi Lowe, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 4 singles.
The Buc duo of Gracie Leland and Angie Cyphers defeated Titans Chase Arnt and Emily Holicky, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 1 doubles, while Lacey Benz and Annaliese Klinkner scored a 6-3, 6-4 win over Taylor Factor and Kaitlyn Buss at No. 2 doubles.
At the No. 3 doubles spot, Malarie Scholtes and Julia Hanson took a hard fought first set from Adrianna Tiede and Faith Factor by a score of 7-5, but then the Buc team cruised to a 6-1 win in the second set.
BEA 5, USC 2
The Blue Earth Buccaneers defeated the United South Central Rebels for the second time this season, this time claiming a 5-2 win on the Blue Earth courts on Sept. 10.
USC took one singles and one doubles win, while BEA took the rest.
Karli Olsen started things off for BEA with a 6-0, 6-1 win over USC’s Kia Legred at No. 1 singles. And Natali Fellows recorded a close 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 2 singles over Carly Weber.
The Rebels’ Ema Barnd defeated Annika Wilhelmi in a three set match at No. 3 singles, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
At No. 4 singles, Paige Darrington downed Kelly Newbauer, 6-3, 6-2, for another Buccaneer point.
BEA’s Angie Cyphers and Gracie Leland took a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles over USC’s Wndy Martinez and Adriana Soto.
But, at No. 2 doubles, the Rebels duo of Leah Meyer and Hayley Olson took a hotly contested win over the Bucs’ Lacey Benz and Annaliese Klinkner. After taking the first set 6-3, the Rebels won with a close 7-6 (7-5) second set victory.
Marlarie Scholtes and Julia Hanson teamed up for a 2-6, 6-1, 6-0 three set win at No. 3 doubles, downing Kalei Cory and Daylyn Huper.
The win upped BEA’s record to 8-0 for the season.