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Anyone for BEA Tennis?

By Staff | Sep 17, 2017

BEA’s freshman McKenna Dutton keeps her eyes on the ball during her doubles match against Waseca.

The hot streak continues for the Blue Earth Area girls tennis team. By virtue of their 6-1 victory over Waseca on Sept. 13, the girls have now reeled off eight straight wins.

In singles action, BEA’s Macie Stevermer and Arika Howard were both involved in grueling three set affairs. While Stevermer won her battle, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, with tenth grader Taylor Pfeifer, Howard defeated Waseca senior Emily Hildebrandt, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.

Howard found herself in the midst of one of her toughest tests of the season. That being the case, Blue Earth Area head coach Konny Wolff took time to provide some guidance to her freshman prodigy.

“Arika (Howard) struggled a little, but after talking to her after the second set, I just told her she needs to play her game and stay tough mentally,” said Wolff. “The conditioning we’ve been doing has helped us out in close matches.”

Meanwhile, fellow Buccaneers freshman Te Armstrong was dominant in her customary No. 4 singles position. Armstrong easily dispatched Waseca sophomore Morgan Bruhn, 6-2, 6-2. Afterwards, coach Wolff explained how Armstrong has gotten off to such an incredible start to the season.

“Tea has just played tough every match. I’ve worked on the mental game with (Armstrong and Howard) and just keep telling them to believe in themselves.”

In No. 1 doubles play, BEA’s Malarie Scholtes and Carissa Engesser took care of business decisively, 6-3, 6-2. The tandem of Maddie McCleary and McKenna Dutton also notched a match win for the Bucs, 6-4, 6-3. Holding down the No. 3 doubles position, Sydney Blagg and Britt Howard of Blue Earth Area also won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.

BEA 7, River Valley 0

The BEA girls tennis team continued their winning ways with a convincing win over River Valley on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Playing in Sleepy Eye, the Buccaneers did not lose a set in either singles or doubles competition en route to their seventh straight victory.

Playing the No. 1 singles position, Blue Earth sophomore Macie Stevermer edged out River Valley senior Hanna Himmelman in the first set, 7-5. Stevermer then won the second set more comfortably, 6-4.

In No. 2 singles play, Blue Earth senior Julia Hanson was on cruise control with a 6-1, 6-1 match win over River Valley’s Briana Schmidt.

Freshmen standouts Arika Howard and Te Armstrong of Blue Earth were both dominant against River Valley seniors. While Howard defeated Lauren Klein 6-2, 6-1 in No. 3 singles, Armstrong beat Kelsie Domeier 6-1, 6-2 in No. 4 singles play for the Buccaneers.

In No. 1 doubles action, Blue Earth’s Malarie Scholtes and Carissa Engesser controlled the tempo throughout and came away with a 6-2, 6-1 win over River Valley’s Courtney Sellner and Megan Himmelman.

Meanwhile, the freshman duo of McKenna Dutton and Britt Howard earned a 6-3, 6-3 win in No. 2 doubles play for the Bucs. Sydney Blagg and Cali Beyer also notched a 6-2, 6-3 victory for the Buccaneers in No. 3 doubles.

BEA 7, TCU 0

The Tri-City United Titans were no match for the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers on Sept. 9. The Bucs traveled to Cleveland and picked up their sixth straight victory in dominating fashion, blanking the Titans 7-0.

In singles action, BEA won all four of its matches in straight sets. Blue Earth’s No.1 singles player Macie Stevermer defeated fellow tenth grader Kadi Lowe, 6-4, 6-2.

Blue Earth senior Julia Hanson was victorious over Amelia Schatz, 6-1, 6-1 in No. 2 singles action. Meanwhile, Buccaneer freshmen Arika Howard and Te Armstrong both took care of business in No.3 and No. 4 singles play respectively. Howard earned a 6-2, 6-0 win while Armstrong came away with a 6-4, 6-2 victory.

BEA’s No. 1 doubles team of Malarie Scholtes and Carissa Engesser blew away their competition by winning the first set 6-1 and pitched a 6-0 shutout in the second set against TCU. Sydney Blagg and McKenna Dutton won their No. 3 doubles match, 6-3, 6-0.

The most intense battle in doubles action came from the No. 2 position. Maddie McCleary and Britt Howard of Blue Earth were involved in a fierce tug of war with Tri-City United seniors Thea Tietz and Brianna Jenson. The girls from TCU came away with a 6-4 win in the first set.

McCleary and Howard of Blue Earth Area fought back and narrowly won the second set, 7-6. The third set saw both Bucs underclassmen perform with poise under pressure en route to a 6-2 win to finish off the Titans.