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Bucs lose to Saints in Section 2 Tourney

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Oct 10, 2021

Addison Armstrong hustles to return a ball during her straight-set victory against Redwood Valley.

St. James defeated Blue Earth Area in a semifinal match of the Section 2A Tennis Tournament on Thursday, Oct. 7. The final score was 5-2.

The loss brings an end to the Bucs’ season as a team with the individual tournament still to come. BEA ended their season with a 12-5 record.

Kylie Rosenau and Olivia Dutton tallied the Bucs’ two points during the match.

Rosenau defeated Eva Romsdahl in the No. 3 singles match 7-6 (7-3), 6-1.

Dutton won both of her sets by tiebreakers over Maya Kulseth at No. 4 singles. Her winning scores were 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-4).

The only three-set singles match of the day was at No. 2 singles. Sailor Mohlenbrock of the Saints won the first set over Addison Armstrong 6-3. Armstrong evened the sets at one apiece with a 6-1 victory in the second set. Mohlenbrock secured the win when she won the final set 6-0.

Jaelyn Haler defeated BEA’s Marissa Benz at No. 1 singles 6-1, 6-0.

All three doubles matches went to the Saints.

At No. 1 doubles, Keyana Haler and Allison Bluedorn downed Grace Hanson and Allie Lopez 6-2, 6-1.

The No. 2 doubles match was won by Mykela Hanson and Alexis Brekken over Ella Survis and Lauren Survis in three sets 6-4, 3-6, 11-9.

At No. 3 doubles, Mika Wessels and Mariah Mireles defeated BEA’s Carol Schraeder and Ashlyn Klinkner 6-1, 6-1.

BEA 6, RWV 1

The Blue Earth Area girls tennis team cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Redwood Valley Cardinals to advance to the semifinals of the Section 2A Tennis Tournament.

BEA’s win on Monday, Oct. 5, earned the No. 3-seeded Bucs the opportunity to take on the No. 2-seeded St. James Saints in a semifinal match on Thursday, Oct. 7, at Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter.

The Saints, who are ranked seventh in the state in Class A, triumphed over the Maple River Eagles 6-1 in their quarterfinal match.

Kylie Rosenau picked up the first win for the Bucs when she won her No. 3 singles match over Lauren Dolezal 6-0, 6-0.

Olivia Dutton picked up the second win for the Maroon and Gold, losing only one game, in the No. 4 singles match against Redwood Valley’s McKenna Flinn.

Dutton won the first set 6-0 before polishing off her opponent 6-1 in the second set.

The third team point for BEA came courtesy of Addison Armstrong’s shutout victory over the Cardinal’s Lily DeBlieck at No. 2 singles.

BEA coach Konny Wolf had a couple of players out of action for Monday’s contest so she had to retool her lineup to fill some holes.

Two of those athletes, Ashlyn Klinkner and Jazmyn Lunz, filled in as the No. 3 doubles team and provided the clinching win for the Bucs by downing Julia Lang and Ava Shaw-Kerkhoff, 6-3, 6-1.

The Bucs also picked up a win in the No. 2 doubles match when Lauren Survis and Carol Schrader out- dueled the Cardinals’ Avery Wilson and Anneliese Hammer in the only three-set match of the contest.

Survis and Schrader won the first set 7-5 only to lose the second set, 2-6. The duo rebounded to close out the match with an 11-9 win in the third set.

The final point for the Bucs came courtesy of No. 1 singles player, Marissa Benz. Benz defeated Brooke Zollner of the Cardinals, 6-2, 6-0.

Redwood Valley’s only win came in the No. 1 doubles match where Mila Jennings and Ella Stoneberg won in straight sets over BEA’s Grace Hanson and Ella Survis, 6-3, 7-5.