BEA tennis team still undefeated
Schroeder Courts in Blue Earth was the site of a tennis meet between two teams who came into the battle each sporting perfect 7-0 records.
The host Blue Earth Area Buccaneers swept the singles matches against the St. Peter and then added another victory at No. 3 doubles to earn a 5-2 victory over the Saints.
Arika Howard moved up to No. 3 singles and quickly dispatched her opponent from St. Peter. Howard controlled the match from the outset and won in straight sets over Macy Weller 6-1, 6-0.
In the No. 1 singles match, BEA’s Ta Armstrong was sharp from the outset and won the opening set against Amelia Hildebrandt 6-1. Hildebrandt took a 2-1 lead in the second set but Armstrong won the next five games to win the second set 6-2.
Addison Armstrong put the Bucs up 3-0 with her win at No. 4 singles. The freshman lost only three games in her 6-2, 6-1 triumph over Molly Voeltz.
St. Peter picked up their first victory of the meet at the No. 2 doubles match.
BEA’s Britt Howard and Lindsey Borris battled hard and had opportunities to extend the match but St. Peter’s Josie Wiebusch and Jayna Matejcek were able to fend off the attacks and won the match 6-4, 7-5.
Marissa Benz had a long battle in her fist set against Annika Southworth in the No. 2 singles match.
The two players had many long volleys as they traded baseline ground strokes. Benz finally broke through to claim a 6-3 victory in the first set.
Benz, a junior, then won the second set 6-2 to put the Bucs up 4-1 and clinch the team victory.
The No. 1 doubles match saw BEA’s McKenna Dutton and Kylie Rosenau take the first set over Lizzy Orth and Emily Salfer 6-2.
Orth and Salfer regrouped and broke service against the Buc duo early in the second set on their way to a 6-3 win.
The third set saw the Bucs fall behind early in the match. Dutton and Rosenau tried to rally but Orth and Salfer held on to win the set 6-4 and gain the match point.
Cali Beyer and Olivia Dutton of the Bucs found themselves trailing 4-1 in the first set of the No. 3 doubles match against Rhyan Holmgren and Madison.
Beyer and Dutton turned things around and won the next 11 games to win the match 6-4, 6-0.
“We know they are a good team and were really tough at doubles,” BEA coach Konny Wolff said. “I thought our girls played hard and came to play. “It was a big win.”
The two teams will meet each other again on Monday, Sept. 21, in St. Peter.
BEA 6, Fairmont 1
Blue Earth Area completed a season sweep of the Fairmont Cardinals with a 6-1 win at Schroeder Courts in Blue Earth on Monday, Sept. 14. The Bucs had defeated the Cards 5-2 four days earlier in a match played at Fairmont.
Arika Howard was the first player to claim a win for the Bucs. The senior lost only one game against Anika Haugen, winning 6-1, 6-0.
Addison Armstrong was the next BEA player to walk off the court with a victory. In a match that featured two freshmen, Armstrong came out on top over the Card’s Abi Peyman at No. 3 singles 6-2, 6-0.
At No. 1 doubles, it was McKenna Dutton and Kylie Rosenau of the Bucs facing off against Lauren Davis and Maggy Totzke of the Cardinals. Dutton and Rosenau won a three-set thriller the prior week in Fairmont after losing the first set of the match.
This time the Buc duo jumped out to an early lead in the first set and then held on for a 6-3 win. Davis and Totzke fought hard to force a third set and had built a 5-4 lead in the second set only to see Dutton and Rosenau win the next three games to take the set 7-5 and put the Bucs up 3-0 in the team score.
Ta Armstrong kept her record perfect for the year with a 6-0, 6-3 triumph over Claire Nemmers in the No. 1 singles match. Nemmers had opened a 2-1 lead in the second set of the match before Armstrong took control. It was an extra-special win for the Buccaneer senior because it was her 100th career victory.
After losing her No. 3 singles match last week in Fairmont, BEA’s Marissa Benz found herself trailing Fairmont’s Briana Joseph 5-4 in the first set. Benz battled back, however, and won the set 7-5. Benz closed out the match by winning the second set 6-0.
BEA’s No. 3 doubles team of Cali Beyer and Olivia Dutton once again found themselves in a thrilling match against Fairmont’s Libby Totzke and Hope Klanderud. The Fairmont duo won the first set 6-2 only to see Beyer and Dutton rebound for a 6-1 triumph in the second set.
The match was decided in a third set super tiebreaker with Beyer and Dutton coming out on top 10-7.
Fairmont’s No. 2 doubles team of Emily Hagen and Ellie Hernes produced the only point for the Cardinals with a three-set victory over Lindsey Borris and Britt Howard of the Bucs.
Borris and Howard won the first set 6-3 before Hagen and Hernes rallied to win the second set 6-2.
Hagen and Hernes closed out the match by winning the final set 6-3.
With the victory, the Bucs improved their season record to 7-0.