Bucs claim BSC championship
It took them two days to get it done, but the Blue Earth Area girls tennis team claimed the Big South Conference championship with a decisive 6-1 win over the St. James Saints.
The match started on Tuesday, Sept. 24, but was halted due to weather. The match was continued two days later, on Thursday, Sept. 26, in St. James.
“I was not sure how the delay was going to affect the girls,” Coach Konny Wolff said. “Having the delay and traveling two days was a worry. But we had a relaxed, easy going practice on Wednesday and tried to work on things we needed to work on.”
The Buccaneers have had some trouble against St. James in recent years, but this time was different. Several of the matches went to three sets to determine the winner, but the Bucs prevailed and got a huge win.
“The girls were not doing well at first, but I talked to them just to calm them down and told them to just focus on their game,” Wolff said.
Ta Armstrong got things started on the right foot for BEA, taking a 7-5, 6-4, win over St. James’ Ellie Becker, at No. 1 singles.
BEA’s Macie Stevermer suffered the Bucs’ only loss, falling to Jaelyn Haler, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 2 singles.
At No. 3 singles, Arika Howard continued her winning streak by downing Luci Kulseth, 6-1, 7-5.
Marissa Benz notched a 6-4, 6-4, win at No. 4 singles, over Mya Hanson.
All three of the doubles matches went to three sets each, with BEA taking the win in each one.
McKenna Dutton and Britt Howard teamed up to win a long, hard-fought 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5) marathon at No. 1 doubles, defeating Samantha Tetzloff and Gabriela Trapero.
At No. 2 doubles it was the Buccaneer duo of Cali Beyer and Lyndsey Borris who pulled out a 6-4, 1-6, 7-5, win over Sailor Mohlenbrock and Noel Westcott.
Buccaneers Addison Armstrong and Kylie Rosenau had to come from behind at No. 3 doubles to take a 2-6, 6-0, 6-2, win over Alexia Whitney and Sofia Solorzano.
The Maroon and Gold’s big 6-1 victory not only gave the Bucs the Big South Conference championship, but it also put their season record up to the 17-1 mark. And, it gave them the No. 1 seed in Section play.
“I was really pleased with how hard the girls played and how they all fought hard ’til the end,” Coach Wolff says. “And we ended up winning the Big South Conference championship and also got the No. 1 seed for Section play.”
The Buccaneers were scheduled to head back to St. James on Saturday, Sept. 28, to participate in the St. James Invite.
Then they will start Section Team Tournament competition on Monday, Sept. 30, on their home courts, where they will face River Valley.
The match is expected to start at 4:30 p.m.
Next up will be Section Team semifinals on Thursday, Oct. 3, at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. Finals are scheduled for the next day, Friday, Oct. 4, also at Gustavus.
BEA 7, USC 0
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls tennis team continued to roll along this season, with another 7-0 victory.
Last Monday night the Bucs defeated the Rebels of United South Central in a match played on the Bucs’ home courts.
BEA’s Ta Armstrong, a junior, returned to her No. 1 singles position and defeated USC senior Daylyn Huper by scores of 6-0, 6-1.
At No. 2 singles, BEA senior Macie Stevermer defeated Delaney Weber, a junior, by a score of 6-1, 6-0. It was junior Arika Howard winning 6-0, 6-3, over senior Trinity Seedorf at No. 3 singles.
Sophomore Marissa Benz took a 6-3, 6-2, decision over fellow sophomore Sarah Mantor at No. 4 singles.
The Buc junior duo of McKenna Dutton and Britt Howard teamed up to defeat Rebel juniors Aly Swanson and Lauren Zebro, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 1 doubles.
At No. 2 doubles, it was two more BEA juniors, Cali Beyer and Lyndsey Borris, winning 6-0. 6-2, over USC junior Olivia Schwartz and freshman Kelsie Chapman.
Buc eighth grader Addison Armstrong and sophomore Kylie Rosenau took on Rebel sophomores Maya Zebro and Elizabeth Romano and won 6-4, 6-4.
Next up for BEA was a Big South Conference crossover match against St. James.