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Buc tennis team starts off at 4-0

By Staff | Aug 25, 2017

The Bucs’ McKenna Dutton makes a play at the net during her doubles match versus USC on Thursday.

For the second time in two days the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls tennis team defeated the United South Central Rebel girls. And, the results were nearly the same except for one incomplete match due to rain.

After downing the Rebels 5-2 at the Glencoe-Silver Lake tournament on Tuesday, the Bucs defeated the Rebels again on Thursday on their home courts in Blue Earth. This time the final score was 4-2, as the No. 3 doubles match was incomplete due to rain.

The rest of Thursday’s match was a whole lot like the one on Tuesday. The Rebels won two of the four singles matches and the Bucs won the rest.

And, just like on Tuesday, the deciding doubles matches were close, very close.

The Buccaneer duo of ninth graders Arika Howard and Ta Armstrong defeated junior Madison Loegering and sophomore Daylyn Huper in three sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-0 at the No. 1 doubles match.

The No. 2 doubles match also went to three sets.

BEA’s ninth graders McKenna Dutton and Britt Howard combined to defeat USC’s ninth graders Alyson Swanson and Katie Dylla, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.

The No. 3 doubles match between Buc ninth graders Cali Beyer and Lyndsay Borris and Rebel ninth grader Lauren Zebro and eighth grader Sarah Mantor was called off when clouds reappeared and it began to rain.

USC senior Carly Weber downed BEA’s Macie Stevermer, a sophomore, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 1 singles and ninth grader Delaney Weber of USC defeated senior Malarie Scholtes of BEA, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 2 singles.

However, Buc senior Julia Hanson took a 6-0, 6-2, win at No. 3 singles over Trinity Seedorf, a sophomore, and Carissa Engesser, a BEA junior, won 6-2, 6-1, over USC ninth grader Kari Elmer at No. 4 singles to solidify the BEA win.

Glencoe-Silver Lake

Invitational Tournament

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls tennis team started their 2017 season off with a bang.

The Bucs started their year at an invitational tennis meet at Glencoe-Silver Lake on Tuesday, Aug. 22.

The Buccaneer girls went 3-0 at the invite, downing Sibley East 5-2, host Glencoe-Silver Lake 7-0, and ending with a 5-2 victory over cross-county rival United South Central.

Here is a recap of the season opener tournament.

BEA 5, Sibley East 2

The Bucs fell at No. 1 and 2 singles, but then swept the Wolverines the rest of the way.

BEA sophomore Macie Stevermer played at No. 1 singles for the Bucs, losing to senior Faith Young, 6-2, 6-0. At No. 2 singles, Malarie Scholtes lost 7-5, 6-3, to fellow senior Lindsey Flieth.

At No. 3 singles, Julia Hanson, a senior, defeated Ariel Butler, a junior, 6-2, 6-1. Buc junior Carissa Engesser defeated Wolverine junior Emily Tuchtenhagen, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 4 singles.

Freshmen Arika Howard and Ta Armstrong teamed up at No. 1 doubles and defeated sophomore Brianna Kranz and senior Norma Gonzalez, 6-0, 6-1.

At No. 2 doubles, sophomore Maddie McCleary and freshman McKenna Dutton won 6-3, 6-2, over junior Harley Haggenmiller and senior Mikayla Holmes.

And, at No. 3 doubles, sophomore Sydney Blagg and freshman Britt Howard downed two freshmen, Rachel Widmer and Ashlyn Bullert, 7-5, 6-2.

BEA 7, G-SL 0

The Bucs cruised through the host Panthers lineup to sweep their way to the 7-0 win.

Macie Stevermer started things off at No. 1 singles with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Katie Doolittle.

At No. 2 singles, Malarie Scholtes took on Allie Harpel and won 6-0, 6-2.

It was Julia Hanson defeating Sasha Wilheit at No. 3 singles, 6-2, 6-0, while fellow Buccaneer Carissa Engesser swept Di Fleck at No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-0.

The maroon and gold duo of Arika Howard and Ta Armstrong defeated Grace Draeger and Jushne Helmloret 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1 doubles.

At No. 2 doubles, Maddie McCleary and McKenna Dutton won 6-2, 7-5, over Addie Stew and Lily Schmidt.

Sydney Blagg and Britt Howard finished the sweep with a 6-2, 6-1, defeat of Katelyn Lemke and Kenzie Davis at No. 3 doubles.

BEA 5, USC 2

The Bucs final match of the day put them up against the United South Central Rebels.

The two teams split in the four singles matches, but BEA pulled out some hard-fought doubles wins to gain a 5-2 victory.

The Bucs No. 1 doubles team of Arika Howard and Ta Armstrong cruised to a 6-0, 6-2, win over Madison Loegering and Trinity Seedorf.

But it was not so easy for the other two doubles pairs.

Maddie McCleary and McKenna Dutton defeated USC’s Alyson Swanson and Katie Dylla 6-2 in the first set at No. 2 doubles, but after that it became a battle. The BEA duo prevailed 7-6 (10-8) to win the match.

At No. 3 doubles, Sydney Blagg and Britt Howard of the Bucs took on Rebels Lauren Zebo and Sarah Mantor. It was a tight first set with BEA coming out on top 7-5, then taking a close second set 6-4.

None of the sets in the singles matches were all that close.

USC’s Carly Weber defeated BEA’s Macie Stevermer 6-2, 6-0, at No. 1 singles. It was Delaney Weber of USC defeating Malarie Scholtes at No. 2 singles by a score of 6-0, 6-4.

At No. 3 singles, BEA’s Julia Hanson took on USC’s Daylyn Huper and won 6-2, 6-2. The Bucs’ Carissa Engesser defeated Rebel Kori Elmer, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.