In order to pull out the win, the Bucs would have to win the next three games.
“The girls knew what they needed to do,” Bucs coach Donna Nawrocki says. “Following the second game, we huddled up and I told them they had to want it (the victory), more than the Saints did.”
The Buc girls responded, winning the next three games and the match.
The victory put their South Central Conference record at a perfect 5-0. The next closest team has had two losses in the SCC.
BEA had a chance to win the first game against the Saints, serving for two match points. But, they just could not put the game away.
St. Peter eventually claimed the win, 28-26.
Game two was another close battle, but the Bucs fell to the Saints 25-22.
Then came the huddle and the coach’s speech. The BEA girls responded in high fashion, roaring to a crushing 25-9 win over St. Peter.
The St. Peter coach tried to break the Bucs’ momentum with timeouts and substitutions, but nothing worked.
The Buccaneers continued to dominate in the fourth game, winning 25-19. The game was not as close as the score indicates, as BEA built up a large early lead.
The big Buccaneer momentum continued into the fifth and final game, as BEA jumped out to a 13-3 lead and won the game 15-5.
Annemarie Hoyt dominated at the service line, going a perfect 28 of 28 with 21 points and seven aces. She also had 17 digs.
Meanwhile, Krista Hassing and Janessa Jahnke were dominating the net with 17 kills apiece. The each also had four ace blocks.
Jahnke also tied Hoyt with 17 digs.
Macy Henningsen tallied 46 set assists for the Buccaneers, while Sara Warmka added 11 kills and Nicole Carr 15 digs.
Coach Nawrocki pointed to a volleyball sign in the gym that reads “Hustle and heart will set us apart.” She says the team proved that on Thursday night.
BEA’s record went up to 9-3 for the season.
This week the Bucs host St. James on Tuesday and New Ulm on Thursday, for two more SCC contests.
BEA 3, Waseca 0
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer volleyball team kept their South Central Conference record at a perfect 4-0 with a three game sweep over the Waseca Bluejays last Tuesday.
The match, played in Waseca, was only close in the last game.
The Bucs won the first two games easily at 25-14 and 25-17. The last game was tighter, with the final 25-21.
Annemarie Hoyt led the way for BEA with seven kills and eight digs.
Krista Hassing excelled at the net and the service line. Hassing was 15 of 16 serving with 11 points and two ace serves offensively. She also had five ace blocks defensively.
Macy Henningsen had 18 set assists for the Bucs, while also serving 19 of 21 with 16 service points.
Sara Warmka and Janessa Jahnke each added five kills for the Buccaneers. Megan Wirtjes added three digs for the team.
BEA boosted their overall season record to 8-3.
The Bucs will host St. James on Tuesday and New Ulm on Friday on Thursday for two more key conference matches.
Fact BoxMacy Henningsen