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Buccaneer girls keep on winning

By Staff | Sep 25, 2020

Marissa Benz hits a solid backhand return in a match against St. Peter on Sept. 17. Benz won her No. 2 singles match against the Saints on Sept. 21 to help the Bucs maintain their undefeated record. With the win against River Valley on Thursday, Sept. 24, BEA kept their unblemished record intact, improving to 10-0.

Blue Earth Area made it 10 in-a-row with a 7-0 triumph over River Valley on Thursday, Sept. 24.

BEA’s No. 1 doubles team of McKenna Dutton and Kylie Rosenau got off of the court first by defeating Megahn Stevens and Alexis Garza 6-0, 6-1.

Ta Armstrong continued her strong season by defeating the Wildcats’ Brooklyn Moldan 6-0. 6-0.

At No. 2 singles, Marissa Benz of the Bucs won both of her games by identical 6-1 scores over River Valley’s Kaydince Thomas.

Arika Howard kept the ball rolling for BEA with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Kierra Lafferty.

Freshman Addison Armstrong completed the sweep in the singles matches by defeating the Wildcats’ Presley Dockter 6-2, 6-0.

BEA’s No. 2 doubles team of Britt Howard and Lyndsey Borris did not lose a game in their first set win against Sydne Wahl and Erika Lazano. Howard and Borris completed their victory by taking the second set by the score of 6-2.

The final varsity match of the day was at No. 3 doubles. Cali Beyer and Olivia Dutton of the Bucs downed Taylor Berkner and Courtlyn Runck 6-1, 6-1.

Blue Earth Area will host Luverne at Schoeder Courts on Monday, Sept. 28.

Schroeder Courts will also be the site of the Big South Conference Championship on Thursday, Oct. 1, when the Bucs will host the St. James Saints.

Section playoffs are scheduled to begin on Monday, Oct. 5, at a location to be determined.

BEA 6, St. Peter 1

The Blue Earth Area girls tennis team put their unblemished record on the line when they traveled to St. Peter on Monday, Sept. 21, to take on the Saints.

The Bucs had earned a hard-fought 5-2 victory when the two teams met in Blue Earth the prior week on Sept. 17.

While some of the matches were even more competitive in the rematch, BEA once again came out on top, winning 6-1.

The Maroon and Gold swept the singles matches. Arika Howard produced a 6-1, 6-1 straight set victory over the Saints’ Macy Weller at No. 3 singles to get the ball rolling for the Bucs.

At No. 4 singles, Addison Armstrong lost only three games while defeating Molly Voeltz 6-1, 6-2.

Ta Armstrong and Amelia Hildebrandt battled to a 6-6 tie in the first set of the No. 1 singles match before Armstrong prevailed in the tiebreaker (7-5) to win the set 7-6. Armstrong won the match with a 6-2 victory in the second set.

BEA’s Marissa Benz faced off against Annika Southworth in the No. 2 singles contest. Southworth triumphed in the opening set, winning in a tiebreaker 7-6 (7-4).

Benz regrouped and won the two remaining sets 6-4, 6-2, to claim the match.

The only straight set victory in the doubles matches came in the No. 3 doubles contest where Cali Beyer and Olivia Dutton of the Bucs downed Rhyan Holmgren and Maddie Kamm 6-3, 6-1.

McKenna Dutton and Kylie Rosenau locked up in another three-set duel with the Saints’ Lizzy Orth and Emily Salfer.

When the teams met last week, Dutton and Rosenau won the first set before the St. Peter duo took the last two sets to win the match.

This time it was Orth and Salfer who won the first set 6-3.

Dutton and Rosenau stepped up their game however and forced a third set with a 6-2 victory in the second set. The BEA pair gained the match victory by taking the last set 6-4.

“After the first set Kylie and I talked about keeping things simple and going back to the basics,” Dutton said after the match. “We were overthinking things in the first set.”

St. Peter gained their only win of the day at No. 2 doubles. Josie Wiebusch and Jayna Matejak opened with a 6-3 victory over Britt Howard and Lyndsey Borris in the first set.

Howard and Borris regrouped to win the second set 6-2.

The third set came down to a tiebreaker with St. Peter winning the set 7-6 (7-4).

The victory over the Saints improved the Bucs record to a perfect 9-0 this season.