The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls tennis team came up with just one win in singles competition and one in doubles when they faced the Fairmont Cardinals on Thursday.
That 5-2 score gave them just their fourth loss of the season, but put them at 1-2 in the South Central Conference.
BEA's Karleigh Wolff had a long first set against her Fairmont opponent, Aubrey Green, but in the end the Buccaneer won her No. 1 singles match 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.
The Bucs' No. 1 doubles team also pulled out a win. Karli Olsen and Natali Fellows joined up to defeat Sophie Selgren and Abby Fitzgerald, 6-1, 6-4.
The rest of the match was all Fairmont.
At No. 2 singles, BEA's Lindsey Prokop was defeated by Missy Viesselman 6-0, 6-3. Kaitlyn Olsen fell at No. 3 singles to Allison Moeller 6-2, 6-2. And at No. 4 singles, Kali Viland lost to Ellie Tonder by a score of 6-2, 6-0.
In doubles action, Buccaneers Beka Krussow and Paige Darrington put up a hard-fought, three-set fight at No. 2 doubles, but in the end they lost 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 to Jill Paris and Shantel Quist.
Buc sophomores Lacey Benz and Anikka Wilhelmi lost to Cardinal seniors Briana Gratz and Andrea Carstensen, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 3 doubles.
The loss put BEA at a 10-4 season record.
This week the Bucs host New Ulm on Monday in a match that was postponed from last Tuesday due to weather.
They will also host Waseca on Tuesday and travel to Sleepy Eye on Thursday.
On Saturday they travel to New Ulm for the conference tourney.
BEA 6, Albert Lea 1
Someone watching the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers girls tennis team play against Albert Lea on Monday at Schroeder Courts probably was puzzled a bit.
Buc head coach Terry Barnes decided that he would shake things up a lot and have the girls play in many different spots than those they usually do.
The result was a BEA 6-1 victory despite the changed lineup.
Senior Lindsey Prokop was given the chance to play at No. 1 singles and defeated Lynzee Underdahl 6-1, 6-1.
Natali Fellows played at No. 2 singles and defeated her Albert Lea opponent, Kaitlyn Larson, 6-3, 6-0. Fellows' usual doubles teammate, Karli Olsen, played at No. 3 singles and won 6-1, 6-0 over Mercedes Salfou.
Buc sophomore Annaliese Klinkner lost in three hard-fought sets to Albert Lea senior Elizabeth Ogukanbi. The set scores were 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.
In doubles, usual singles players Kaitlyn Olsen and Karleigh Wolff, both juniors, teamed up to play seniors Claire Ellis and Lamanda Johnson. The BEA duo won the No. 1 doubles match 6-0, 6-0.
At No. 2 doubles Beka Krussow and Paige Darrington defeated Alexa Drescher and Carson McGiven by the same shutout score of 6-0, 6-0.
Sophomores Lacey Benz and Anikka Wilhelmi downed Anna Boettcher and Skyler Hanson by a score of 6-1, 6-0, at No. 3 doubles.
The win put the Buccaneers at a 10-3 overall season record. They remain at 1-1 for the season.
BEA third at Mankato West Tennis Invitational
The Blue Earth Area girls tennis team had a strong showing at the Mankato West Tennis Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 14, and secured third place in the eight team tourney.
The Buccaneer second doubles team of Paige Darrington and Beka Krussow placed the highest for BEA, taking second place.
Three Bucs' singles players came home with third place finishes. Karleigh Wolff took the trophy at No. 1 singles, Kaitlyn Olsen at No. 2 singles and Lindsey Prokop at No. 3.
Karli Olsen and Natali Fellows combined for a fourth place finish at No. 1 doubles. Annika Wilhelmi placed fifth at No. 4 singles to add to the team's total score.
The Buccaneers tallied 16 points for their third place team finish.
Host Mankato West came in with 31 points to take first place while Rosemount totaled 19 for second.
Fairmont and New London-Spicer tied for fourth with 15 points each.
Krussow and Darrington defeated the doubles team from Chaska 6-3, 4-6 (0) for their first win.
Next, they downed the team from Mankato West by three set scores of 6-4, 2-6, 10-5 in a real battle.
That win propelled them into the championship match where they lost to the duo from Rosemount, 6-2, 7-6.
In singles play, Wolff won her first match against Libby Andrego of East, 6-3, 7-6 (8). She then lost to Lisa Dobblelaeve of Rosemount, the eventual champion, by scores of 6-1, 6-0.
Wolff beat Allison Moeller of Fairmont for No. 1 singles third place, 6-1, 1-0, injury default.
Olsen downed Anna Leary of Rosemount 6-4, 3-6, 10-3 in the No. 2 singles spot to start off. Then she lost to Julia Nelson of Mankato West 6-0, 6-1.
Olsen went on to beat Sophie Shelgren of Fairmont 6-2, 6-0, for third place.
Prokop faced MacKenzie Loftness of New London-Spicer in the first round and defeated her in a real two-set battle, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3).
Next she lost to Rachel Hoffman of Rosemount, 6-4, 6-3.
Prokop came back to defeat Shantal Quist of Fairmont, 6-0, 6-1 for the third place spot in No. 3 singles.
Fellows and Olsen won their opening match 1-6, 6-4 (6) against the New London-Spicer No. 1 doubles team.
Next, they fell to the team from Mankato East by scores of 7-6 (1), 6-4.
That put them in the consolation bracket where they lost to the team from Rosemount 6-1, 6-1 and ended in fourth place at No. 1 doubles.
Wilhelmi lost her No. 4 singles opening round competition against Lexi Miller of Mankato West, 6-0, 6-0.
She then moved on to defeat Madisyn Plumhoff of Fairmont, 6-1, 6-3 to get into the match for fifth place.
There she defeated Sam Kulas of Jordan, 6-2, 6-2.
BEA's No 3 doubles team of Lacey Benz and Annaliese Klinkner lost all three of their competitions.