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BEA tennis off to a hot start

By Staff | Aug 26, 2018

BEA’s Arika Howard concentrates on keeping her eyes on the ball during her No. 2 singles match against Delaney Weber last Thursday evening in Wells.

For the second time in less than a week, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls tennis team took on the Rebels of United South Central.

And, the results both times were the same BEA won 6-1 over USC.

This time the competition was on the Rebels home courts in Wells last Thursday evening.

The Buccaneers’ Ta Armstrong, playing at No. 1 singles, led off with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Daylyn Huper.

Arika Howard defeated Delaney Weber in a 7-6 (2), 6-2 battle at No. 2 singles. At No. 3 singles, Macie Stevermer also notched a win, downing Kaitlyn Dylla, 6-1, 6-3.

And, at No. 4 singles, McKenna Dutton took a 6-2, 6-1 win over Kori Elmer of USC.

The Rebels took their win at No. 1 doubles, when Madison Loegering and Trinity Seedorf teamed up to defeat Carissa Engesser and Marissa Benz by a score of 6-0, 6-0.

At No. 2 doubles, BEA’s Britt Howard and Cali Beyer downed Olivia Schwartz and Alyson Swanson, 6-1, 6-4.

Maddie McCleary and Lyndsey Borris won 6-1, 6-0, over Lauren Zebo and Kelsie Chapman at No. 3 doubles.

The win kept the Buccaneers’ season record at a perfect 4-0 mark.

Glencoe-SL Invitational

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls tennis team is off and running for the 2018 season.

The Bucs traveled to Glencoe last week to participate in the annual early season invitational at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School.

The BEA girls came home with a perfect 3-0 record in the three matches they participated in. In fact, they only lost one match all day.

The Buccaneers downed Sibley East 7-0, Glencoe-Silver-Lake 7-0, and United South Central 6-1.

Here is a wrap up of the three contests:

BEA 7, Sibley East 0

BEA sophomore Ta Armstrong played at No. 1 singles for the Bucs and defeated senior Emily Tucktenhagen 6-3, 6-1.

At No. 2 singles, sophomore Arika Howard downed junior Rianna Kranz 6-3, 6-2. At No. 3 singles, junior Macie Stevermer won 6-1, 6-2, over freshman Jacquelyn Webstad.

And, at No. 4 singles, it was Buc sophomore McKenna Dutton who defeated sophomore Aly Dieball.

In doubles action, the Buc duo of senior Carissa Engesser and junior Sydney Blagg took on sophomore Rachel Widmer and junior Isabel Figueroa at No. 1 doubles and won 6-0,6-2.

At No. 2 doubles it was Britt Howard and Cali Beyer, two Buc sophomores, against two seniors, Hailey Haggenmiller and Teresa Ehrich. BEA won 6-3, 6-2.

It was junior Maddie McCleary and sophomore Lyndsey Borris who played at No. 3 doubles and defeated sophomore Ashtyn Bullert and senior Maddy Rechtzigel and won 6-2, 6-3 to complete the Buccaneer sweep.

BEA 7,

Glencoe-Silver Lake 0

Once again it was a clean sweep for the Bucs.

Ta Armstrong got things going with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Justine Helmbrecht at No. 1 singles.

At No. 2 singles, Arika Howard blanked Sacha Wilifite 6-0, 6-0.

Macie Stevermer won 6-1, 6-1 over Kira Masten at No. 3 singles and it was McKenna Dutton scoring a 6-0, 6-0, sweep over Emma Malz.

In doubles, Carissa Engesser and Sydney Blagg downed Kate Doolittle and Di Fleck 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles.

Britt Howard and Cali Beyer teamed up at No. 2 doubles and defeated Lily Schmitt and Taylor Hatlestad 6-3, 6-0.

In the closest contest in the match, Maddie McCleary and Lyndsey Borris combined efforts for a 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, victory over Krissy Major and Kate Lemke at No. 3 doubles.

BEA 6, USC 1

The Bucs only lost one match on their way to a victory over their cross-county rivals, the Rebels of USC.

Once again BEA sophomore Ta Armstrong got things going with a 6-0, 6-2 win over USC junior Daylyn Huper at No. 1 singles.

It was sophomore Arika Howard over fellow sophomore Delaney Weber at No. 2 singles, with BEA’s Howard scoring the 6-3, 6-2 win.

At No. 3 singles it was junior Macie Stevermer downing sophomore Keri Elmer, 6-0, 6-2. And at No. 4 singles, sophomores McKenna Dutton and Olivia Schwartz faced off with Dutton the 6-0, 6-1 winner.

In the closest match of the contest, BEA senior Carissa Engesser and junior Sydney Blagg took on USC senior Madison Loegering and junior Trinity Seedorf.

The Buc duo won the first set 6-1, but the Rebel twosome won the second set 6-3 and the tiebreaker set 10-6 and the match.

Britt Howard and Cali Beyer, both sophomores, took on Katie Dylla and Aly Swanson, also both sophomores, and won 6-4, 6-3, at No. 2 doubles.

Buc junior Maddie McCleary and sophomore Lyndsey Borris won 6-0, 6-4 at No. 3 doubles over Rebel sophomore Lauren Zebro and freshman Sarah Mantor.

Next up for the Bucs was a rematch with the Rebels in Wells on Thursday, Aug. 23. Then they hosted Le Sueur-Henderson on Friday, Aug. 24, Belle Plaine on Monday, Aug. 27, and Pipestone Area on Tuesday, Aug. 28. They travel to Maple River for a match on Thursday, Aug. 30.