B.E. Area netters win season-opening tour
GLENCOE – The Blue Earth Area Bucs girls tennis lineup opened the season in style by netting three dual-meet decisions to capture the Glencoe-Silver Lake Invitational on Tuesday.
Blue Earth Area swept the doubles bracket to open the four-team competition with a 6-1 victory over Jordan.
The Bucs’ sophomore tandem of Karli Olsen and Natali Fellows coasted to a 6-1, 7-5 triumph over Carina Larson and Lydia Read at the No. 1 spot in the lineup, while Beka Krussow and Paige Darrington combined court skills to outslug Sam Kulas and Julia Fogarty at second doubles, 6-0, 2-6, (10-4).
Lacey Benz and Annaliese Klinkner wrapped up Blue Earth Area’s doubles sweep via a 7-5, 6-2 win over Nicole Samuelson and Lexi Lightfoot at No. 3 doubles.
Karleigh Wolff, Anikka Wilhelmi and Kaitlyn Olsen each produced straight-set victories for the Bucs during singles action.
Wolff served a 6-1, 6-3 loss to Rachel Menke at the No. 1 spot in the bracket, Wilhelmi netted back-to-back 6-2 set decisions over Katherine Ichinose at third singles, while Kaitlyn Olsen shut out Natalie Taylor at the No. 4 spot, 6-0, 6-0.
Victoria Read posted Jordan’s only team point via a 6-4, 6-0 decision over Lindsey Prokop at second singles.
Blue Earth Area then flip-flopped the brackets, sweeping the singles division en route to claiming a 6-1 semifinal victory over Sibley East.
Wolff, Kaitlyn Olsen, Prokop and Wilhelmi shifted spots in the singles bracket, with each player capturing straight-set triumphs.
Wolff rolled to a 6-1, 6-2 decision over Breann Walsh at first singles, while Kaitlyn Olsen generated a 6-1, 6-0 win over Ella Lundstrom at the No. 2 spot. Prokop downed Alli Harter at third singles, 6-3, 6-0, while Wilhelmi outlasted Mariah Schrupp at the No. 4 position, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.
Karli Olsen and Fellows teamed at No. 1 doubles for the second straight meet and coasted to back-to-back love-set victories over Alicia Kranz and Ashley Mercier.
Krussow and Darrington did likewise for the Bucs, flattening Kelsey Klausermeier and Karissa Sorenson at the No. 2 doubles spot, 6-1, 6-1.
Faith Young and Lindsey Flieth netted Sibley East’s only point by downing Benz and Klinkner at third doubles, 6-3, 6-0.
Blue Earth Area then dominated the singles bracket again, posting a 5-2 victory over Glencoe-Silver Lake in the tournament finale.
Wolff netted back-to-back 6-2 set wins over Callie Raduenz at No. 1 singles, while Buc teammate Kaitlyn Olsen also rolled to a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Lindsey Wedin at the No. 2 spot in the bracket.
Prokop claimed a 6-3, 6-2 third-singles decision over Ashlyn Ratike for the Bucs, while Wilhelmi duplicated Wolff and Kaitlyn Olsen’s winning score in downing Emily VonBerge at fourth singles.
Krussow and Darrington collected Blue Earth Area’s lone doubles point, besting Laura Becker and Ellie Lepel in a hard-fought battle, 7-5, 6-4.
Glencoe-Silver Lake earned its two points in doubles by claiming the 10-point tiebreakers.
Kelly Arnold and Rachel Rusten downed Karli Olsen and Fellows at first doubles, 6-4, 3-6, (11-9), while GSL’s Ashley Miller and Jenessa Urban tallied a 4-6, 6-3, (10-6) decision over Benz and Klinkner at third doubles.
Blue Earth Area (3-0) travels to Le Sueur-Henderson on Friday to face the host Giants and the Fairmont Cardinals in a triangular starting at 9:30 a.m.