BEA suffers first loss
The previously unbeaten Blue Earth Area Buccaneers girls tennis team suffered their first loss of the season, and it was a hard one to take.
The Bucs fell 6-1 to the St. James Saints in a Big South Conference crossover contest last Tuesday afternoon in St. James.
The 13-0 Buccaneers had won the East Division of the BSC with a 4-0 record while the Saints had won the West Division.
And, the Saints were rated No. 5 in the state in Class A while the Bucs were ranked at No. 7.
Despite the lopsided score, several of the matches were extremely close, with three of them going all the way to three sets.
The biggest contest of the afternoon happened at No. 1 doubles.
The Buc duo of Gracie Leland and Angie Cyphers took on Saints Hollie Peterson and Renata Hernandez.
After losing the first set 6-2, the two Buccaneers rallied for a 6-4 win in the second set.
That set the stage for a long marathon third set that the two Saints won 6-6 (7-3).
Two other matches went to three sets and also ended in wins for the Saints.
At No. 2 singles, Natali Fellows lost to Miranda Jacoby by a score of 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. And at No. 3 doubles, Malarie Scholtes and Julia Hanson lost to Mackenzie Blickem and Nicole Koenig by scores of 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
BEA’s one and only match victory came at No. 4 singles where the Bucs’ Paige Darrington cruised to a relatively easy 6-1, 6-1 over St. James’ Kristin Lelmer.
The Bucs other singles players also had close matches.
At No. 1 singles, BEA’s Karli Olsen suffered a rare loss, falling to Aubrey Eckstrom 6-0, 7-5. The second set was a long battle, with Olsen in the lead at times.
And at No. 3 singles, Annika Wilhelmi lost a very long, tough first set to Zole Becker, 7-6 (7-1), then fell in the second set 6-2.
At No. 2 doubles, the BEA team of Lacey Benz and Analiese Klinkner fell to Ale Trapero and Bailey Trickel by a score of 6-4, 6-3.
After a quad meet back at St. James this past Saturday, after the deadline for this week’s Faribault County Register, the Buc netters will be starting Section Team and Individual tournament action this week.
The Section quarterfinals are Monday, with the Buccaneers hosting the Luverne Cardinals on the Schroeder Courts in Blue Earth.
Meanwhile team action continues on Thursday and individuals action starts on Friday and continues on Wednesday, Oct. 14, all at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.
BEA 4, River Valley 3
The Buccaneer girls tennis team took a narrow 4-3 victory over River Valley last Thursday afternoon, under some cool and windy conditions.
The Bucs took three of the four singles matches, then added one doubles win, to take the match.
The win boosted their season record to 14-1.
The Bucs had to shake up their lineup a bit, with two of their varsity players missing due to illness.
Karli Olsen started things off for the Bucs with a 6-2, 6-1, win over Kalyn Haas at No. 1 singles.
At No. 3 singles, Anikka Wilhelmi defeated Madison Hoffman 6,-4, 6-4, and Paige Darrington dispatched Lauren Klein 6-3, 6-3 at No. 4 singles.
Malarie Scholtes, filling in at No. 2 singles in place of Natali Fellows, lost to Hanna Himmelman of River Valley by a score of 6-0, 6-3.
It was the No. 2 Buc doubles team of Lacey Benz and Annaliese Klinkner who came up with BEA’s fourth win by defeating the duo from River Valley 6-2, 6-3.
At No. 1 doubles, Angie Cyphers and Gracie Leland fell by a score of 7-5, 6-3, to the River Valley team.
And, at No. 3 doubles, Buccaneer junior varsity players Carissa Engesser and Tea Armstrong teamed up, but lost 6-3, 6-2. They were filling in for Scholtes who moved up to singles play, and Julia Hanson who was ill.