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Girls tennis opens season

By Staff | Aug 28, 2016

The Bucs’ Julia Hanson hits a return in her No. 2 singles match at United South Central last Thursday.

It was a beautiful evening for tennis last Thursday, when the United South Central Rebels hosted the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers on the Rebels’ new tennis courts.

USC came out on top of a very close contest, winning 4-3 over BEA. As it turned out, the Rebels won the four singles matches, while the Bucs took all three of the doubles contests.

The two teams had met earlier in the week in Glencoe, with the Rebels taking that match 6-1.

“I am really proud of the way these young girls on this team have stepped up and played hard,” coach Konny Wolff says. “We have had very little practice time and yet they are playing very well at this early stage of the season.”

Several of the matches were long, hard-fought battles.

Buc freshmen Macie Stevermer and Maddie McCleary teamed up at No. 1 doubles and took on Rebel seniors Leah Meyer and Hayley Olson. The BEA team came out with a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) victory.

At No. 2 doubles, BEA eighth-graders McKenna Dutton and Tea Armstrong went to three sets and defeated sophomore Madison Loegering and freshman Trinity Seedorf, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.

Buc sophomores Carissa Engesser and Serina Wirth won 6-1, 6-2, over eighth-graders Alyson Swanson and Kori Elmer at No. 3 doubles.

It was a different story in singles, where the Rebels swept the Bucs.

USC junior Emma Barnd won 6-0, 6-1 over senior Gracie Leland at No. 1 singles.

Two juniors went head-to-head at No. 2 singles, with the Rebels’ Carly Weber coming out on top of Julia Hanson, 6-4, 6-0.

Junior Malorie Scholtes of BEA and senior Kalei Cory of USC had a three-set battle at No. 3 singles. Scholtes won the first set 6-2, but Cory took the next two, 7-5, 6-2 for the win.

At No. 4 singles, Buc eighth grader Arika Howard lost to freshman Daylyn Huper, 6-4, 6-2.

The Bucs were scheduled to play again right away the next morning, Friday, taking on the Giants of Le Sueur-Henderson on the Bucs’ home courts.

This week they take on Belle Plaine at home on Monday, travel to Albert Lea on Tuesday and then host Maple River on Thursday.

Glencoe-Silver Lake Tourney

The Blue Earth Area girls tennis team was the first Buccaneer squad to enter into fall sports competition.

The team traveled to the Glencoe-Silver Lake Tournament on Tuesday, Aug. 23, to start the year off and came away with a 1-2 record.

The Bucs lost to Sibley East, then soundly defeated host Glencoe-Silver Lake before falling to cross-county rivals United South Central.

Here is a wrap up of the tourney results.

Sibley East 5, BEA 2

The Bucs got a win from their No. 1 singles player, Gracie Leland, to start off the season. BEA’s only senior on the team, Leland defeated Alli Harter 7-5, 6-4.

Junior Malorie Scholtes lost to Ella Lunstrom 6-0, 6-4 at No. 2 singles.

Julia Hanson, a BEA junior, had a long battle with Ariel Butler at No. 3 singles. After winning the first set 6-1, Hanson lost the next two sets 6-3, 10-7.

Eighth grader Arika Howard fell 7-6, 6-4, to Brianna Kranz at No. 4 singles.

In doubles play, the Bucs’ No. 3 duo of Tea Armstrong, eighth grader, and sophomore Carissa Engesser, teamed up for a 6-1, 6-3 win over Norma Gonzalez and Mikaylen Holmes.

At No. 1 doubles, two freshmen, Macie Stevermer and Maddie McCleary, lost to Faith Young and Lindsey Flieth, 6-1, 6-0.

Eighth graders McKenna Dutton and Sydney Blagg lost 6-0, 6-3 to Mandy Thomes and Emily Tuchtenhagen at No. 2 doubles.

BEA 7, G-SL 0

It was a clean sweep for the Bucs as they shut out the host team from Glencoe-Silver Lake 7-0.

Gracie Leland got things going for the maroon and gold with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Mac Monahan at No. 1 singles.

At No. 2 singles, Malorie Scholtes took a 6-1, 7-5, victory over Mady Posusta.

Macie Stevermer defeated Grace Draeger at No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-3, while teammate Arika Howard won 6-0, 6-3 over Maddy Lemke at No. 4 singles.

The Buc duo of Julia Hanson and Maddie McCleary had a tough battle against Justine Helmbrecht and Allie Harper at No. 1 doubles, but prevailed 4-6, 6-4, 10-7.

At No. 2 doubles it was a couple of Buc eighth graders taking on a pair of sophomores. McKenna Dutton and Tea Armstrong teamed up to defeat Kaitlyn Doolittle and Tess Chap 6-0, 6-4.

And, at No. 3 doubles, Sydney Blagg and Athena Thompson won 6-2, 6-0, over Kira Mattson and Sierra Trebesch.

USC 6, BEA 1

The United South Central Rebels took down the Buccaneers 6-1 at the tourney.

The Bucs only got a win at No. 3 doubles, where Tea Armstrong and Carissa Engesser defeated Trinity Seedorf and Alyson Swanson 6-2, 6-3.

At No. 1 singles, BEA’s Gracie Leland was defeated by USC’s Emma Barndt, 6-1, 6-2. Carly Weber of USC took down BEA’s Malorie Scholtes 7-5, 6-2, at No. 2 singles.

The Rebels’ Delany Weber defeated the Bucs’ Maddie McCleary at No. 3 singles, 6-2, 6-1.

The Buc tandem of Julia Hanson and Athena Thompson lost to Rebels Leah Meyer and Hayley Olson, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 1 doubles.

At No. 2 doubles, Buccaneers Arika Howard and McKenna Dutton lost 6-0, 6-4, to Madison Loegering and Daylyn Huper of USC.