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Tennis team gets hot, now is 4-1

Youthful squad gets rare wins against Waseca and St. Peter

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | May 2, 2021

Nick Frundt hits a forehand return during a match at Schroeder Courts this past week. The BEA boys tennis team lost their first meet of the season but have now won four straight contests to have a record of 4-1.

The surprising Blue Earth Area boys tennis team won their fourth contest in a row when they edged the St. Peter Saints 4-3 last Tuesday at Schroeder Courts in Blue Earth.

“It has been a long time since the boys have beaten St. Peter and Waseca,” BEA tennis coach Konny Wolff said in regards to her squad of young players.

After losing their opening meet of the year, the BEA boys team has defeated Waseca, Pipestone Area, Redwood Valley and St. Peter to achieve their 4-1 record.

The Bucs won three singles matches and one doubles match against the Saints.

Nick Frundt had a close first set against St. Peter’s Marty Anderson at No. 2 singles but escaped with a 7-6 win. Frundt dominated the second set and closed out the match with a 6-1 victory.

BEA’s James Greer downed Will Elias 6-1, 6-3 at No. 3 singles.

In the No. 4 singles match it was Jamie Johnson of the Bucs who cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Colton Abels of the Saints.

The Maroon and Gold picked up their fourth win in the No. 2 doubles match. Jerry Passe and Seth Stevermer defeated Konrad Wernsing and Chase Yeager 6-3, 6-1.

The No. 1 singles match went to three sets. BEA’s Vern Johnson won the first set against Kelson Lund 6-4 but dropped the next two sets 6-4, 10-6, with the last set being a super tiebreaker.

The Saints’ No. 1 doubles team of Tyson Schmitz and Anders Dixon downed BEA’s Joe Frundt and Devin Haase 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

At No. 3 doubles, the Saints’ Cooper Dean and Wesley Yang won the first set 7-5 over BEA’s Calvin Farrow and Brady Lorenz. Farrow and Lorenz rallied to win the second set 6-4. The third set was won by Dean and Yang, in a super tiebreaker, 10-3.

BEA 7, RWV 0

The Blue Earth Area boys tennis team made it three straight wins and improved their record to 3-1 when they swept the Redwood Valley Cardinals 7-0 on Monday, April 26, at Schroeder Courts in Blue Earth.

The Cardinals forfeited matches at No. 3 and 4 singles and No. 3 doubles to give BEA a 3-0 lead.

Vern Johnson defeated Andrew Mvetzel 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 singles.

Nick Frundt lost just two games in downing Jacob Zollner 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 singles.

BEA’s No. 1 doubles team of Joe Frundt and Devin Haase defeated Laiten Goodthunder and Cole Johnson 6-1, 6-1.

Jerry Passe and Seth Stevermer gave the Bucs their final win with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Levi Stoneberg and Noah Uven.

BEA 4, Pipestone Area 3

Blue Earth Area won their second meet in two days when they downed the visiting Pipestone Area Arrows 4-3 on Friday, April 23, at Schroeder Courts in Blue Earth.

The Bucs won three of the four singles matches and then had to wait for the No. 3 doubles team to take the court to win the deciding points.

Vern Johnson produced a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Tony Wacker at No. 1 singles to give the Maroon and Gold their first point.

Nick Frundt’s 6-3, 6-4 triumph in the No. 2 singles match against Will Rops gave BEA their second point of the day.

At No. 4 singles it was Jamie Johnson of the Bucs who won in a battle of freshmen by defeating Lucas Zupp 6-2, 6-4.

The No. 3 doubles match featured four freshmen. BEA’s Brady Lorenz and John Lappe won the match by a 6-0, 6-2 score over Cody Norberg and Chase Wilson of the Arrows.

Pipestone was victorious in the No. 3 singles match when Ryan Woodbury outlasted James Greer of the Bucs 7-5, 1-6, 7-5.

The Arrows’ No. 1 doubles team of Cole Parlson and Isaac Stiles trailed early in the first set of their match against BEA’s Joe Frundt and Devin Haase but came back to win the set 6-3. Parlson and Stiles took the match by winning the second set 6-2.

Pipestone Area’s final point of the afternoon came in the No. 2 doubles match. Jaden Lavan and Owen Minet downed BEA’s Seth Stevermer and Jerry Passe in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.

BEA 4, Waseca 3

The Blue Earth Area boys tennis team evened their record at 1-1 with a victory over the Waseca Bluejays on April 22.

Playing on their home court and in 60 degree weather, the Bucs picked up three wins in the singles matches and one in doubles to triumph by a 4-3 score.

Waseca’s Charlie Huttemier, the No. 1-ranked singles player in the section, earned the first point of the meet with a 6-0, 6-1 straight set victory over Vern Johnson of BEA at No. 1 singles.

BEA’s James Greer did not lose a game in his match against Dominic Grunzke at No. 2 singles. His 6-0, 6-0 triumph tied the meet score 1-1.

The Bucs chalked up another win when Nick Frundt downed Dahminik Deutsch 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles.

Joe Frundt and Devin Haase won the first set of their No. 1 doubles match 6-4. However, Waseca’s Ben Diedrich and Earl Hansen rebounded to win the second set 7-5 to force a third-set super-tiebreaker. The Waseca duo won the set 10-2 to give the Bluejays another team point.

Seth Stevermer and Jerry Passe gave BEA another win by downing Hunter Supalla and Jacari Jellum 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles.

Waseca’s Oliver Rohwer and Tyler Jellum defeated Calvin Farrow and Seth Matthews 6-4, 7-6 to win the No. 3 doubles match.

BEA’s Jamie Johnson provided the winning point for the Bucs with his 6-1, 6-0 triumph over Luke Oswiller at No. 4 singles.