Such was the case last Tuesday night when the Jackson County Central Huskies came to Blue Earth to take on the Buccaneer volleyball team.
Blue Earth Area would fall to JCC in four games, but they would not make it easy for the Class AA No. 2 ranked visitors.
In fact, the Bucs came out firing on all cylinders and set the Huskies back on their heels by taking game one 25-20.
Unfortunately, the local team couldn’t contain the powerful visitors and lost the next two games 25-17, 25-19.
Some teams may have rolled over at that point and let the other team continue their momentum and give up.
Not so for the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer volleyball team. They were ready to give game four everything they had. And they did.
BEA jumped out to a fast 3-0 lead in the final game. They continued to hold on to a very slim lead for quite a while, until JCC fought back and finally tied the game at 15-15.
That was just the start of the real battle yet to come.
The Huskies built their lead to 20-17, then up to 22-18. It appeared they had regained the momentum and were going to cruise to a win.
Behind 23-19, the Buccaneers crawled back into the game behind the serving of Sara Warmka and some gutsy play by every Buc player on court.
Soon they had tied the mighty Huskies at 23 a piece.
Now the real battle began.
BEA had the first chance at game point, up 24-23. JCC tied it back up. The Bucs had another chance by going ahead 25-24. JCC tied it again.
This time the Huskies had a chance to end it after they went ahead 26-25. But this time BEA tied it up.
After that, the Huskies went ahead again, 27-26, and this time they managed to get game point with a Buc miscue.
JCC won the fourth game 28-26 in an exhibition of excellent volleyball by both squads.
“I thought the girls came out of the gate determined and ready to go,” says Buc Coach Donna Nawrocki. “They worked hard the entire match, and were competitive throughout. JCC is always a well accomplished team, and the girls were able to challenge them in every set, almost pushing it to five.”
Warmka led the Bucs at the service line, going a perfect 22 of 22 with 14 points and one ace. She also led with 21 digs.
Macy Henningsen was 15 of 17 serving with nine points. She also had 29 set assists.
Krista Hassing had 13 kills, 16 digs and four ace blocks. Annemarie Hoyt added eight kills and 13 digs. Janessa Jahnke added 12 kills.
“The intensity the girls showed tonight is going to be needed in the next several weeks,” Coach Nawrocki adds.
The Bucs record fell to 14-6 overall, 7-1 in the South Central Conference.
A match on Thursday with Waseca was cancelled due to the funeral of a 16-year-old Waseca girl. The match will be rescheduled only if it is needed to determine conference standings.