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Girls pick up three more victories

Improve overall record to 10-1

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Sep 19, 2021

BEA’s Marissa Benz comes to the net to hit a return during her No. 2 singles match against Waseca.

Blue Earth Area head tennis coach Konny Wolff altered her lineups before the Bucs played Waseca on Thursday, Sept.16 and the Maroon and Gold defeated the Bluejays 4-3.

“We are working to find our best pairings for doubles before we get to post season,” Wolff said. “The girls played well with our adjusted lineup.”

The No. 2 doubles team of Olivia Dutton and Ella Survis picked up the first win for BEA when they dispatched Addie Pfeifer and Mia Kanewischer 6-1, 6-0.

Kylie Rosenau teamed up with Grace Hanson at No. 1 doubles to give the Bucs their second win with a 6-3, 6-0 triumph over Miranda Breck and Jaidence Medina.

No. 2 singles player Marissa Benz gave the Bucs their third win when she downed Sarah Robbins 6-4, 6-3.

Benz had barely left the court when BEA’s No. 1 singles player, Addison Armstrong, won the deciding match by beating Cece Huttemier of the Bluejays 7-5, 6-1.

Waseca’s Nicola DeJage won at No. 3 singles over Allie Lopez 6-4, 7-5.

At No. 4 singles, Takaya Schoenrock of the Jays defeated Lauren Survis 6-2, 6-4.

Waseca’s third victory was at No. 3 doubles where Sara Haley and Addie Bomsta defeated Carol Schrader and Karissa Lopez in three sets 6-2, 6-7, 3-10. The last set was a super-tiebreaker.

“Our No. 1 and No. 2 singles played well along with our No. 1 and No. 2 doubles team,” Wolff commented.

BEA 6, River Valley 1

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers girls tennis team took to the court for the second day in a row when they traveled to Sleepy Eye on Tuesday, Sept. 14, to take on the River Valley Wildcats.

BEA swept all three doubles matches and won three of the four singles matches to claim a 6-1 victory. The win improved the Bucs’ overall record to 9-1.

Marissa Benz went to three sets in her No. 1 singles match against River Valley’s Brooklyn Moldan before downing her opponent. Moldan took the first set 6-2. However, Benz regrouped and won the next two sets 6-1, 6-1.

Addison Armstrong earned another point for the Bucs with her 6-2, 6-1, triumph over the Wildcats’ Kaydince Thoms in the No. 2 singles contest.

In the No. 3 singles match, BEA’s Kylie Rosenau won in two sets over Taylor Berkner, 6-2, 6-4.

BEA’s Olivia Dutton and Grace Hanson were victors in the No. 1 doubles match. The duo produced a 6-3, 7-6, triumph over Maya Nelson and Erika Lozano.

It took three sets, but the Bucs’ No. 2 doubles team of Allie Lopez and Ella Survis gained a win over Kiera Lafferty and Sydne Wahl 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

Carol Schrader and Karissa Lopez of the Bucs won the No. 3 doubles match over Anna Rossbach and Courtlyn Runck, 7-5, 6-4.

Redwood Valley picked up a win in the No. 4 singles match when Brissa Hernandez was able to defeat Lauren Survis 6-4, 6-3.

BEA 6, USC 1

It was a meeting of county rivals when the United South Central Rebels played host to the visiting Blue Earth Area Buccaneers in girls tennis on Monday, Sept.13.

In the end, it would be the Bucs who would prevail and go home with a 6-1 victory.

BEA was able to sweep all four singles matches.

Addison Armstrong and Marissa Benz swapped spots at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions for the Bucs with Armstrong moving into the top spot on the lineup card.

Armstrong, a sophomore, was able to defeat Kelsie Chapman 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 singles.

Benz, a senior, did not lose a game in defeating Lauren Hanson 6-0, 6-0.

Senior Kylie Rosenau kept the ball rolling for BEA at No. 3 singles with a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Brylee Neubauer.

At No. 4 singles, sophomore Lauren Survis of the Bucs defeated Olivia Bungum 6-3, 6-0.

BEA’s No. 1 doubles team of sophomore Olivia Dutton and eighth grader Grace Hanson downed Maya Zebro and Macy Zebro 6-3, 6-0.

Seniors Allie Lopez and Ella Survis of the Bucs dropped the first set of the No. 2 doubles match 6-3 to USC’s Elizabeth Romano and Maya Hanson. Lopez and Survis evened the match with a 7-6 win in the second set and secured the match with a 10-4 third-set victory in a 10-point super-set.

USC got their only point in the No. 3 doubles match when Brooklyn Yokiel and Addison Mithun downed BEA sophomore Carol Schrader and senior Karissa Lopez 7-5, 6-4.