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Buc netters win two, lose one

BEA defeats two conference rivals; Fairmont, Waseca

May 2, 2011
by Chuck Hunt, Register Editor
It came down to the last match of the day.

Because the Blue Earth Area tennis courts have six courts, one match has to be held after the other six are done.

On Thursday afternoon, the BEA and Waseca match was tied up, 3-3. BEA had won three singles matches and Waseca had tallied victories in all three doubles matches.

That left the No. 4 singles match yet to go.

Riley Holmseth and Matt Metzdorff played to three sets before Holmseth pulled out the win, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 and the Buccaneers had a 4-3 win over the visiting Bluejays.

The Bucs now have a 2-2 record, but are 2-0 in the South Central Conference.

Aaron Wilhelmi got things started for BEA with a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles over Jacob Denn.

At No. 2 singles, Wade Wilhelmi also notched a victory over Pat O’Neil, 6-3, 6-4.

Then at No. 3 singles the Bucs wins continued with Colan Surratt downing John Lewer in three sets, 6-1, 2-6, 6-3.

In doubles, Waseca took all three matches.

Hans Kittleson and Hunter Myers lost to Eric Gehring and Josh Kimball, 7-5, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles.

At No. 2 doubles, Eric Purvis and Nick Lein won the first set 7-5, but lost the next two 6-1, 6-0 to Ben Johnson and Josh Metzdorff.

At No. 3 doubles Chance Andrews and Ryan Gronewold fell to Ryan Von Enck and Dakota Johnson, 6-0, 6-2.

HFC 5, BEA 2

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer tennis team saw only their No. 2 and No. 3 singles players notch wins against Holy Family Catholic last Monday afternoon, as BEA fell 5-2.

The match was held at 1 p.m. in Blue Earth since there was no school that day, due to Easter vacation. The weather was perfect for tennis, for a change.

Wade Wilhelmi defeated Kenton Luke at the No. 2 singles spot in a marathon match.

Wilhelmi won the first set 6-4. He lost the second set in a long, close battle, 6-7 (4). The third set saw Wilhelmi pull out the win, 10-8.

Colan Surratt had an easier time with BEA’s other win, downing Tanner Towey 6-3, 6-3, at No. 3 singles.

At No. 4 singles, Riley Holmseth was involved in another long contest.

After losing the first set 6-4, Holmseth came back and downed his opponent, Jake Esenther, by the identical 6-4 score.

The two then battled it out in the third set, with Holmseth eventually falling by a score of 15-13.

Aaron Wilhelmi lost his match 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles to Conner Oberle.

All three BEA doubles teams fell to their HFC opponents.

Hans Kittleson and Hunter Myers lost 6-1, 6-1 to David Forbes and Erik Elton at No. 1 doubles.

At No. 2 doubles, Eric Purvis and Chance Andrews lost 6-0, 6-0 to Sam Forbes and Max Tauton.

Ryan Gronewold and Nick Lein lost to Luke Smith and Andrew De Nucci, 6-0, 6-0.

The loss dropped the Bucs’ record to 1-2 for the season, while they stay at 1-0 in the South Central Conference.

BEA 4, Fairmont 3

It all came down to the No. 1 singles match to determine whether the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers or the Fairmont Cardinals would win a match played in Fairmont on Thursday, April 21.

The team score was tied 3-3 when Aaron Wilhelmi defeated Patryk Tusinski 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, enabling the Bucs to pull out the 4-3 win.

Wade Wilhelmi had defeated his Cardinal opponent, Alex Kopischke, 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 at No. 2 singles.

At No. 1 doubles, the BEA team of Colan Surratt and Hans Kittleson had defeated Luke Sandersfeld and Grant Becker by identical set scores of 6-3, 6-3.

Eric Purvis and Chance Andrews combined to pull out a win at No. 2 doubles.

After losing the first set 7-5 to Fairmont’s Skylar Hurd and J.T. Viesselman, the Buccaneer duo came back to win the next two sets, 6-0, 6-4, for the victory.

Riley Holmseth fell to Shawn Patterson in a long match at No. 3 singles. Holmseth lost the first set 7-6 (7-3), won the second set 6-3, then lost the third 6-4.

BEA ninth-grader Hunter Myers lost 6-2, 6-3 to senior Trevor Kopischke at No. 4 singles.

At No. 3 doubles, Ryan Gronewold and Nick Lein lost 6-1, 6-3 to Fairmont’s Joe Washa and Sterlin Johnson.

This week the Bucs play Mound-Westonka at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter on Monday, then host St. Peter on Tuesday at Schroeder Courts in Blue Earth.

On Friday the team travels to Worthington.

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