Tennis team gets off to fast start
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls tennis team is off to a great start this year.
In fact, it is a perfect start.
Not only have the Buccaneers started the season with a perfect 3-0 record, they also won all three of those matches by perfect 7-0 scores.
The Bucs played three matches in the Glencoe Invitational Meet on last Tuesday, Aug. 20, and defeated host Glencoe-Silver Lake, United South Central and Sibley East, by those identical 7-0 scores.
“We played well, good enough to win all three matches,” Coach Konny Wolff says. “And the girls were tired and still played hard.”
The Buccaneer girls were tired because they had played in a big individual invitational tourney the day before. That tournament was large enough it was held in both Pine City and North Branch Minnesota at the same time.
“We did well at the tournament and came home with six trophies,” Coach Wolff says. “And it was against some very good competition, with five of the eight teams there having been in the state tournament.”
Arika Howard defeated a player from Litchfield and took the championship. Téa Armstrong, Macie Stevermer and Marissa Benz, as well as the doubles teams of Sydney Blagg and Olivia Myers, and Britt Howard and Lyndsey Borris, all took second place.
Coach Wolff says playing against some top players in the state and doing well was really a boost to the confidence of the Buccaneer girls.
Here is a wrap up of the first three matches of the season for the Bucs.
BEA 7, Sibley East 0
As in all three of the matches played at the Glencoe-Silver Lake Invitational, all of the matches started with a 2-2 score. This was due to having a three and a half hour rain delay before the first match even started.
Buc junior Téa Armstrong was at No. 1 singles and won 6-3, 6-2, over senior Brianna Kranz. At No. 2 singles, BEA senior Macie Stevermer downed sophomore Jacquelyn Wibstad 6-4, 6-4.
At No. 3 singles, junior Arika Howard defeated junior Rachel Widmer in a close match, 3-6, 6-3, (7-3). And completing the singles sweep it was sophomore Marissa Benz winning 6-3, 6-3, over junior Ashtyn Bullert.
In doubles action, it was Buc juniors McKenna Dutton and Cali Beyer downing seniors Isabel Figrema and Maty Messiner, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 1 doubles. At No. 2 doubles juniors Britt Howard and Lyndsey Borris took on freshmen Holly Otto and Mallory Sylvester and won 7-6, (12-10), 6-4.
And at No. 3 doubles it was sophomore Kylie Rosenau and eighth grader Addison Armstrong downing two freshmen, Jessica Widmer and Shelby Dieball, 6-3, 6-3.
The win put BEA’s record at 3-0.
BEA 7, USC 0
In their second match of the day the Buccaneers took on their cross-county rivals, the Rebels of United South Central. Three of the matches were close, but BEA came out with the clean sweep 7-0 win.
Téa Armstrong downed senior Daylyn Huper 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. It was Macie Stevermer defeating Trinity Seedorf, a senior, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 2 singles.
At No. 3 singles, Arika Howard defeated Rebel sophomore Sara Manta by a score of 7-6 (7-2), 6-3. And Marissa Benz won over junior Olivia Schwartz at No. 4 singles with a score of 6-2, 6-3.
In doubles, McKenna Dutton and Britt Howard defeated USC juniors Delaney Weber and Lauren Zebro by scores of 3-6, 7-5 (7-4) at No. 1 doubles.
At No. 2 doubles, Cali Beyer and Kylie Rosenau won another battle over junior Alyson Swanson and sophomore Maya Zebro, 6-4, 5-7, (7-3).
And at No. 3 doubles, Lyndsey Borris and Sydney Blagg took on freshman Kelsie Chapman and sophomore Elizabeth Roman and came out with a 6-2, 6-3 win.
BEA 7, Glencoe 0
The Buccaneers’ first match of the day last Tuesday was against the host team from Glencoe-Silver Lake, which started three and a half hours late due to rain, so the scores of each match started at 2-2.
At No. 1 singles Téa Armstrong downed Taylor Hatlestad, 6-3, 6-3. Buccaneer Macie Stevermer defeated Katelyn Lemke 6-2, 6-2, at No. 2 singles. At No. 3 singles Arika Howard beat Tatyana Tracheno, 6-2, 6-2. And at No. 4 singles it was Marissa Benz also winning 6-2, 6-2, over Leah Nemec.
In doubles action it was McKenna Dutton and Cali Beyer teaming up at No. 1 doubles and downing Emma Malz and Ella Malz, 6-3, 6-2. At No. 2 doubles it was Britt Howard and Lyndsey Borris over Britt Richter and Courtney Hatlestad, 6-3, 6-4. Kylie Rosenau and Addison Armstrong completed the sweep with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Jenna Trippel and Lauren Terlinden at No. 3 doubles.
Taking into account each set started at 2-2, the Bucs only allowed the G-SL players just seven games while taking 56 games themselves.