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Buc tennis gets back on winning track

By Staff | Sep 3, 2017

Malarie Scholtes concentrates on the ball as she hits a return in a recent match. Scholtes and her doubles partner Carissa Engesser won their match vs. Pipestone

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers girls tennis team got back on their winning ways by scoring a 6-1 win over the Pipestone Arrows last Tuesday afternoon.

For the second match in a row, the Bucs were sporting a changed up roster, and this time it seemed to do the trick. BEA won a couple of close matches, and nearly pulled off a clean sweep as their only loss was also close.

Macie Stevermer continued at No. 1 singles and notched a hard-fought, three-set, come-from-behind win over Paige Ahrendt. The scores were 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Julia Hanson cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 win over Lauren Lapthorn at No. 2 singles. At No. 3 singles, Buc freshman Arika Howard notched a 6-4, 6-2, win over senior Hannah Berg. And, Tea Armstrong completed the singles sweep with a 6-0, 6-0, shut out over Gianna Njau at No. 4 singles.

In doubles action, Malarie Scholtes and Carissa Engesser teamed up for a 6-4, 7-5, win over Paige Morgan and Aspen Schelhaas at No. doubles.

McKenna Dutton and Britt Howard came close at No. 2 doubles, but fell 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, to Carmen Skyberg and Adrianna Johnson.

At No. 3 doubles, it was the Bucs’ Sydney Blagg and Cali Beyer winning 6-3, 6-4, over the Arrows’ Maciah Lorang and Tricia Nissen.

This week the Bucs host Luverne on Tuesday, then travel to Fairmont on Thursday.

Belle Plaine 5, BEA 2

The Bucs tried a shuffled up line up when they traveled to Belle Plaine last Monday afternoon, but it did not help a lot. They lost to the Tigers 5-2.

BEA’s only wins came from two singles matches.

Julia Hanson continued her unbeaten recored by downing Siri Kuhn at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 7-5. It was Hanson’s first time at No. 2 singles, moving up from her usual No. 3 spot.

Arika Howard, moving up from her usual doubles play, won 6-3, 6-1, over Katie Piampiano at No. 4 singles.

Macie Stevermer went to three sets and a tiebreaker at No. 1 singles, but fell to Kiersten Skelley, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6-4).

At No. 3 singles, Carissa Engesser also went to three sets and a tiebreaker, but lost to Kadence Bran de Leon, 6-7 (5-7), 6-0, 6-2.

Malorie Scholtes and Tea Armstrong teamed up for the first time at No. 1 doubles, but lost 6-0, 6-3, to Lilly Olson and Caitlin Pruesser.

At No. 2 doubles, McKenna Dutton and Sydney Blagg lost 6-1, 7-5, to Jessica Prader and Kimberly Teal.

Britt Howard and Cali Beyer lost in three sets to Jacelyn Defauw and Tatum Ackerman, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, at No. 3 doubles.