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Bucs remain undefeated in tennis

By Staff | Sep 13, 2020

Freshman Addison Armstrong rushes the net to return a shot during a recent match at Schoeder Courts.

The Blue Earth Area girls tennis team put their 5-0 record on the line when they traveled west on Thursday, Sept. 10, to take on their I-90 rival, the Fairmont Cardinals.

It was the most difficult test of the year for the Maroon and Gold but the team rose to the occasion and returned to Blue Earth with a 5-2 victory and a 6-0 record.

Addison Armstrong and Arika Howard collected the first two team points for BEA.

Armstrong downed Fairmont’s Abi Peyman at No. 3 singles 6-0, 6-0.

The outcome in the No. 4 singles match was the same with BEA’s Howard picking up the win over Anika Haugen 6-0, 6-0.

Ta Armstrong made it 3-0 in favor of the Bucs with her 6-2, 6-3 victory over Claire Nemmers in the No. 1 singles match.

Fairmont got on the board when Briana Joseph won the No. 2 singles match over BEA’s Marissa Benz 7-5, 6-0.

Cali Beyer and Olivia Dutton secured the win for the Bucs when they won the No. 3 doubles match over Libby Totzke and Hope Klanderud 6-4, 7-5.

BEA’s No. 1 doubles team of McKenna Dutton and Kylie Rosenau found themselves in a tension-filled contest with Fairmont’s Maggy Totzke and Lauren Davis.

The Fairmont duo won the first set 6-3. Dutton and Rosenau fought back to take the second set 6-2.

Dutton and Rosenau remained undefeated for the year when they won the final set 6-4.

At No. 2 doubles, BEA’s Lyndsey Borris and Britt Howard won the first set 6-3 over Emily Haugen and Ellie Hernes but the Fairmont pair got the victory by winning the last two sets 7-5, 6-1.

BEA 7, River Valley 0

Make it five wins in a row for the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers girls tennis team.

The Bucs defeated the River Valley Wildcats 7-0 in Big South Conference East Division play on Tuesday, Sept. 8, in Sleepy Eye.

BEA dominated the contest and only lost a total of seven games in 14 sets.

Ta Armstrong continued her strong play at No. 1 singles. The senior collected a 6-0, 6-1, win over Brooklyn Moldan.

Junior Marissa Benz remained undefeated for the season by downing Kaydince Thomas at No. 2 singles 6-0, 6-3.

Addison Armstrong had another strong showing at No. 3 singles. She defeated Kierra Lafferty 6-0, 6-0.

Arika Howard made it a clean sweep for the Bucs in the singles matches with her triumph at No. 4 singles. Howard downed Taylor Berkner 6-0, 6-0.

BEA also dominated the doubles matches.

The No. 1 doubles team of McKenna Dutton and Kylie Rosenau defeated Meghan Stevens and Alexis Garza 6-1, 6-0.

At No. 2 doubles, Britt Howard and Lyndsey Borris were victorious over Sydne Wahl and Erika Wells 6-1, 6-1.

Caly Beyer and Olivia Dutton completed the sweep by upending Jasmyne Windscitl and Presley Dockter 6-0, 6-0, in No. 3 doubles.

BEA 7, New Ulm 0

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers girls tennis team traveled to New Ulm on Thursday, Sept. 3 to take on the New Ulm Eagles. It was the second meeting of the season for the two teams in the COVID19 shortened schedule.

The Bucs opened the season by blanking the Eagles 7-0 on Aug. 25 in Blue Earth and the result was the same this time around with the Bucs once again claiming a 7-0 victory.

BEA did not lose a single set during the contest. Ta Armstrong was a 6-0, 6-1, winner at No. 1 singles over Makiah Otto of the Eagles.

At No. 2 singles, Buccaneer junior Marissa Benz defeated Abby Hietala 6-0, 6-3.

Addison Armstrong kept the streak going for the Bucs with a 6-1, 6-2, victory over Malia Emerson.

BEA’s Arika Howard complete the sweep in the singles matches with a 6-0, 6-1, win over Lydia King.

After playing at No. 4 singles in her previous match, Kylie Rosenau rejoined McKenna Dutton at No. 1 doubles to take on Maddie O’Conner and Emily Guggisberg of the Eagles. Rosenau and Dutton continued their winning ways with a 6-2, 6-0, triumph over their New Ulm opponents.

Lindsey Borris and Britt Howard lost only one game in their 6-0, 6-1, win over New Ulm’s Marissa Todesco and MaKenna Simpson.

BEA’s Cali Beyer and Olivia Dutton had the only clean sweep of the day at No. 3 singles. The duo claimed a 6-0, 6-0, win over Calyn Glaser and Kale Frauenholtz.

The win over the Eagles gave the Bucs a record of 4-0 for the year.