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Bucs lose to No. 7-ranked Cards

Suffer first loss of the season after downing Maple River and Luverne

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Sep 12, 2021

Olivia Dutton focuses on the tennis ball while she hits a forehand return in BEA’s match against Luverne.

The Class A No. 10-ranked Blue Earth Area Buccaneers traveled to Fairmont on Thursday, Sept. 9, to take on the No. 7-ranked Fairmont Cardinals in girls tennis.

The veteran Cardinal team sent the Bucs home with their first lost of the season by winning all seven matches in the contest.

At No.1 singles, Fairmont’s Claire Nemmers defeated BEA’s Marissa Benz 6-0, 6-1.

Brianna Joseph of the Cards downed Addison Armstrong 6-2, 6-4 to win the No. 2 singles match.

In the No. 3 singles match, Maggy Totzke of Fairmont scored a 6-0, 6-0 win over Kylie Rosenau.

Abi Peyman won both sets over BEA’s Karissa Lopez by identical 6-0 scores.

The fiercest battle of the day was at No. 1 doubles. BEA’s Olivia Dutton and Grace Hanson produced a 6-4 win in the first set over Fairmont’s Ellie Hernes and Lauren Davis. However, Hernes and Davis evened the match at a set apiece with a 6-4 win in the second set.

The third set was a 10-point super-tiebreaker which the Fairmont duo won 10-5.

At No. 2 doubles, Libby Totzke and Hope Klanderud of the Cards came out on top ot the Bucs’ Ella Survis and Lauren Survis 6-2, 6-0.

Fairmont’s Johanna Petschke and Anika Haugen completed the sweep with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over BEA’s Carol Schrader and Allie Lopez in the No. 3 doubles match.

Fairmont improved their record to 9-1 while BEA’s record now stands at 7-1.

The Bucs return to action on Monday, Sept. 13, at Wells against USC.

BEA 4, Luverne 3

The Blue Earth Area girls tennis team defeated Luverne by a narrow 4-3 margin in a meet played at Schroeder Courts in Blue Earth on Tuesday, Sept. 7. The victory improved the Bucs’ season record to 7-0.

Recording wins for BEA were singles players Marissa Benz, Addison Armstrong, Kylie Rosenau and the doubles team of Olivia Dutton and Grace Hanson.

Benz struggled for a little while in her match against Mia Wenzel at No. 1 singles before pounding out a 6-3, 6-2 win.

Armstrong won both of the sets in the No. 2 singles match by identical 6-1 scores over Olivia Wieneke of Luverne.

In the No. 3 singles match, BEA’s Rosenau defeated Jacey Smith in the first set 6-0. The second set was closer with Rosenau winning 6-4.

The Bucs’ fourth win of the day came when Dutton and Hanson won the No. 1 doubles match over Kristin Rud and Sarah Stegenga 6-3, 6-2.

At No. 4 singles, BEA’s Carol Schrader could not get by Luverne’s Roselyn Hartshorn, who won both sets 6-2.

Hope Thorson and Katherine Kelm of Luverne defeated BEA’s Allie Lopez and Ella Survis in No. 2 doubles 6-3, 6-4.

Luverne’s other win came at No. 3 doubles where Tori Hemme and Priscilla Muehr downed Lauren Survis and Karissa Lopez of the Bucs 2-6, 6-4, 12-10.

BEA 5, Maple River 2

The Bucs were triumphant over the Maple River Eagles by a 5-2 score on Friday, Sept 3. The contest was held at Schroeder Courts in Blue Earth.

No. 3 singles player Kylie Rosenau recorded the first win of the day for the Bucs by defeating Ally Mersman 6-0, 6-2.

Marissa Benz picked up the second win of the meet for BEA when she won the No. 1 singles match over Kayla Berg 6-0, 6-2.

The Bucs’ third win came from the No. 1 doubles team of Olivia Dutton and Grace Hanson. They were victorious over Claire Langworthy and Madison Ward, of the Eagles, 6-1, 6-1.

Addison Armstrong clinched the win for the Maroon and Gold with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Macy Sohre at No. 2 singles.

The Bucs’ fifth win of the day was in the No. 3 doubles match where Ashlyn Klinkner and Karissa Lopez downed Rachel Fields and Brooke Reuter 6-4, 6-4.

Maple River’s two wins were both three set matches.

At No. 4 singles, Kelsey Jaeger of the Eagles won the first set over BEA’s Allie Lopez 6-4. Lopez evened the match at a set apiece when she downed Jaeger 6-4 in the second set. Jaeger claimed the victory when she won the third set 10-8.

Maple River’s Ellie Braaten and Leah Proehl won a three-set victory over Ella Survis and Lauren Survis in the No. 2 doubles match 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), 10-8