Off to State!
The Bucs did it.
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls tennis team became the Section 3A champions and are headed to the State Tennis Tournament as a team.
After having defeated River Valley on Monday, the Bucs downed Luverne last Thursday morning, then took a 5-2 victory over St. James later that same day to punch their ticket to the State. The new Section 3A champs were welcomed back to town with a parade of fire trucks and police cars down Main Street of Blue Earth about 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening.
But, before they pack their bags and head to the State Tournament as a team, they will first compete in the Section 3A Individual Tournament which began this past Friday and will wrap up this week on Wednesday.
The State Tournament is set for Oct. 22-25.
“With the three hours between the two matches I?was worried about the girls staying focused,” coach Konny Wolff said. “They were able to hold their composure and get the big win. Our goal was to get to State and we made the dream happen.”
Here is how the now 20-1 Buccaneer girls became the champs.
BEA 5, St. James 2
The BEA Bucs and St. James Saints had crossed paths several times this season, including battling for the Big South Conference crown, with the Bucs coming out on top each time. It was not any different in the championship match.
Ta Armstrong gave the team a strong start with a 6-2, 6-0, win at No. 1 singles over Ellie Becker.
At No. 2 singles, Macie Stevermer survived a long battle to take a win over Jaclyn Haler. Stevermer lost the first set 6-4, but came back and won the next two sets, 6-3, 6-1, for the win.
Arika Howard took a 6-1, 6-4, win at No. 3 singles over Luci Kulseth.
Marissa Benz lost a tough one at No. 4 singles, falling to Mya Hanson 6-0, 6-7 (7-4).
In doubles action, McKenna Dutton and Britt Howard teamed up for a three set win, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, over Samantha Tetzloff and Gabriela Trapero at No. 1 doubles.
At No. 2 doubles, Buccaneers Cali Beyer and Lyndsey Borris lost to Noel Wescott and Sailor Mohlenbrock, 6-2, 6-2.
Addison Armstrong and Kylie Rosenau defeated Alexia Whitney and Sofia Solorzano at No. 3 doubles, 6-2, 6-1.
BEA 6, Luverne 1
In their Section 3A quarterfinals match last Thursday, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers tennis team took care of business and defeated the Luverne Cardinals by a score of 6 to 1.
That put the Bucs into the Section 3A Championship match to be held later that same day.
Against the Cardinals the Bucs only lost one match, and that was a long, hard fought battle at No. 2 doubles.
Cali Beyer and Lyndsey Borris teamed up to take on Lauren VerSteeg and Solveig Toftland. After winning the first set 6-2, the Buc duo lost a long 7-6 (7-2) second set and then fell 10-5 in the tiebreaker third set.
All four singles players notched wins, and none were close.
Ta Armstrong had a 6-1, 6-0, win at No. 1 doubles over Roz Oye. At No. 2 singles it was Macie Stevermer over Elise Jarchow, 6-2, 6-0. Arika Howard took a 6-2, 6-0, win also, at No. 3 singles over Ainslie Robinson. And, Marisa Benz won 6-2, 6-4, over Mia Wenzel at No. 4 singles.
McKenna Dutton and Britt Howard had a close first set, 7-5, at No. 1 doubles, then won with a notclose 6-0 second set, over Brynn Their and Mela Jarchow.
At No. 3 doubles it was Addison Armstrong and Kylie Rosenau defeating Olivia Wieneke and Jacey Smith, 6-1, 7-5.
River Valley Co-op 0
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls tennis team cruised to a win in their opening round of the Section 3A Team Tournament.
The No. 1 seed Bucs shut out the No. 8 seeded Wildcats from River Valley Co-op by a score of 7-0.
The match was played last Tuesday on the Bucs home courts in Blue Earth. It started an hour and a half early, at 3 p.m., due to the possibility of stormy weather later. However, the match was competed by 5 p.m. and the storms held off until later.
The match was actually played under sunny skies and temperatures that were approaching 90 degrees.
The Bucs allowed the Wildcats to take just seven games, while amassing 84 games themselves.
Ta Armstrong played at No. 1 singles, but it was the last match of the day.
She downed her opponent, Brooklyn Moldan, by a score of 6-0, 6-1.
At No. 2 singles, Macie Stevermer defeated Kaydince Thomas by the same 6-0, 6-1, score.
Arika Howard shut out her No, 3 singles opponent, Jasmyne Windshitl, 6-0, 6-0. So did Marissa Benz at No. 4 singles, defeating Lexanna Lazatin, 6-0, 6-0.
In doubles play, the Buc duo of McKenna Dutton and Britt Howard won over Meghan Stevens and Deniz Demirturk by a score of 6-0, 6-1, at No. 1 doubles.
At No. 2 doubles, BEA’s Cali Beyer and Lyndsey Borris took a 6-1, 6-2, win over Kathrine Schroepfer and Presley Dockter.
And it was Addison Armstrong and Kylie Rosenau defeating Sydne Wahl and Erika Lanzano, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 3 doubles.
With the win the Buccaneers advanced to take on the No. 4 seed Luverne Cardinals, who had defeated the United South Central Rebels on Tuesday in Luverne.
That next match was played on last Thursday at 9 a.m at the Swanson Tennis Center at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.
St. James Invite
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers girls tennis team participated in the St. James Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 28.
It was an individuals tourney style, with just singles and doubles competing, but not as teams.
BEA coach Konny Wolff decided to use the tourney to place members of the team in different spots than their usual positions, and to add a few other team members into the slots.
Here is a rundown on what happened.
Cali Beyer played at No. 1 singles and lost to a St. James player in the first round, lost to a St. Peter player in Round 2. In Round 3 Beyer defeated a Le Sueur-Henderson player by way of an injury default.
Lyndsey Borris was at No. 2 singles and lost to a St. Peter player in Round 1, a St. James player in Round 2, then defeated a LS-H player 6-0, 6-0, in Round 3.
Addison Armstrong played at No. 3 singles and lost a close match to a LS-H player in Round 1, defeated a St. James player in Round 2 (6-2, 6-0), then a St. Peter player in Round 3, 6-1, 7-5, 10-3.
At No. 4 singles it was Buccaneer Kylie Rosenau winning her Round 1 match 6-0, 6-3, over a LS-H player, defeating a St. Peter player 6-2, 6-1, in Round 2, then losing to a St. James player in Round 3.
It was Ta Armstrong and Arika Howard teaming up at No. 1 doubles and they defeated players from St. James in Round 1, 6-2, 6-4, players from St. Peter in Round 2, 6-0, 6-1, before falling to the players from LS-H.
At No. 2 doubles it was McKenna Dutton and Macie Stevermer teaming up and defeating players from St. Peter in Round 1, 6-1, 6-0, and St. James in Round 2, 6-4, 6-2, and LS-H in Round 3, 6-1, 6-4.
At No. 2 doubles it was Britt Howard and Marissa Benz. They lost their Round 1 match to players from St. James, then won their Round 2 match against players from St. Peter. They lost to the team from LS-H in Round 3.
Sydney Blagg and Olivia Dutton teamed up at No. 3 doubles and defeated the players from LS-H in Round 1, 6-2, 6-3, then lost to the players from St. Peter in Round 2. They finished up with a 6-4, 6-4 win over players from St. Peter in Round 3.