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Bucs cruise to fourth consecutive victory
September 10, 2017

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Whether it's been overcast and muggy, or bright and sunny outside, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers girls tennis team has been red hot lately. Their latest victory against arch rival Fairmont featured a clean sweep in singles competition.

In No. 1 action last Thursday, Blue Earth's sophomore Macie Stevermer took care of business in smooth and efficient fashion, 6-3, 6-1, over junior Sydney Hainy. BEA senior Julia Hanson, still undefeated in No. 2 singles this season, netted a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Fairmont eighth grader Claire Nemmers.

Meanwhile, Buccaneer freshmen sensations Arika Howard and Te Armstrong have now taken home hard earned victories in their last three matches. Howard and Armstrong overwhelmed both of their opponents in straight sets with Howard notching a 6-3, 6-3 win in No. 3 singles. Armstrong beat fellow freshman Lauren Green 6-2, 6-1.

In doubles competition, BEA's top tandem of Malarie Scholtes and Carrissa Engesser had little trouble with the combination of Brittany Bass and Bersen Senf en route to a 6-0, 6-4 final. In No. 2 doubles, it was Maddie McCleary and Britt Howard finishing off Makena Rodriguez and Briana Joseph 6-3, 6-3.

Blue Earth 6, Luverne 1

As the final score would indicate, the Buccaneers had little trouble dispatching the Cardinals of Luverne on Sept. 5. Macie Stevermer defeated Luverne senior Sam Pierce in three sets 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 in No. 1 singles.

BEA's trio of Julia Hanson, Arika Howard and Te Armstrong all earned straight set wins in their singles match ups as well. Despite only being a freshman, Howard's clean and efficient work over senior Joci Oye, 6-3, 6-0, showed that the wide eyed youngster has poise and composure beyond her years.

As for No. 1 doubles action, BEA's Malarie Scholtes and Carissa Engesser defeated Emily Bartels and Riley Seventson of Luverne 6-4, 6-4 in No. 1 doubles. Meanwhile, Sydney Blagg and Cali Beyer of Blue Earth won a hard fought two set match, 7-5, 7-5, against Mel Janchou and Lauren Vaseeg of Luverne.

Buccaneers 6, Eagles 1

On Aug. 31, Julia Hanson defeated Abby Bruegger of Maple River, 6-2, 6-2 in No. 2 singles action. That impressive performance was followed up by 7-5, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-3 victories by Arika Howard and Te Armstrong respectively. For this match, Howard played in her customary No. 3 position while Armstrong held her own in the No. 4 slot.

As for No. 1 doubles action, BEA's Malarie Scholtes and Carissa Engesser defeated Katelyn Longworthy and Chloe Flitter 7-5, 6-2. In doubles No. 2 and No. 3 competition, tiebreakers were needed for BEA to come out on top.

McKenna Dutton and Britt Howard won a 7-4 tiebreaker to take the first set 7-6. It was smooth sailing from there as the duo overwhelmed Sydney Trio and Kayla Rigdon of Maple River 6-1 in the second set.

As for Sydney Blagg and Cali Beyer, their tiebreaker came in the second set, following a 6-3 win in the first. The 7-0 tiebreaking win over Gretchen Marble and Sophie Christian concluded matters for the Bucs.

The red hot Buccaneers now sport an impressive season record of 7-2. The next challenge for the Bucs was a difficult road meet on Sept. 9 against the very hungry and motivated Tri-City United Titans. Results from this match will be available in next week's edition of the Faribault County Register.

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