The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers swept the New Ulm Eagles 3-0 in volleyball action Thursday night in New Ulm.
But, the three games were a lot closer than the final tally might indicate. BEA took the games 25-22, 25-20, 25-15, to seal the South Central Conference victory.
The Eagles led early in both of the first two games.
In game one, New Ulm was up 6-3, before BEA came back for a 7-6 advantage.
The Eagles were back in the lead at 10-7, before the Buccaneers slowly took command of the game. Kills by Krista Hassing and Whitney Pirsig gave BEA the lead at 21-16 and they eventually put game one away at 25-22.
In game two, New Ulm led early by scores of 6-2 and then 9-4 and finally at 13-6.
BEA scored eight unanswered points to take back the lead at 14-13. New Ulm made a run of their own and reclaimed the lead, 17-14.
But the Bucs came back with ace serves by Janessa Jahnke and Monica Krieger and led 20-19.
The Bucs took five of the next six points to win 25-20.
In game three, BEA took the lead early at 5-2 and never looked back.
The Bucs led 19-11 and then cruised to the 25-15 finish to win the game and the match.
The win pushed BEA's record to 16-6 overall and 7-1 in the SCC.
Krieger had 26 set assists for the Bucs and 11 service points. Ashton Hendricksen had 11 digs.
Hassing finished with 22 kills and six digs while teammate Jahnke added nine kills, six digs and four blocks.
Audrey McDonald had 11 service points for the Bucs.
BEA now hosts Fairmont on Tuesday for another SCC match.
JCC 3 BEA,?0
The Blue Earth Area volleyball team played Jackson County Central on Monday and came back with another loss.
The shut out match ended 3-0 in JCC's favor.
The Huskies are currently third in their conference and have an overall record of 11 wins, 5 losses and one tie.
JCC?won the first two games in the match without much of a fight from BEA 25-16 and 25-15. The Bucs tried to keep the score closer in the third game but still fell to the Huskies 25-23.
Monica Krieger led the Bucs in set assists and serves in Monday's match up against JCC. She assisted with 17 sets and went 13 for 13 at the service line. Krieger had one ace and scored seven points serving for BEA.
Janessa Jahnke finished the match with an impressive 16 digs and eight kills for the Bucs. She also had three ace blocks.
Krista Hassing also helped the team along with nine kills, nine digs and two ace blocks.
Whitney Pirsig and Megan Wirtjes both had five digs for the Bucs.
The loss against JCC?didn't impact BEA's conference standing but put their overall record at 15-6.
They remain 6-1 in South Central Conference play.
BEA?goes 4-2 at Buc Invite
The Blue Earth Area volleyball team hosted the Buc Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 29.
The Bucs played against United South Central, Minnesota Valley Lutheran, Southwest Star Concept, Albert Lea, New Richland and Martin County West.
BEA won four matches and lost two.
BEA took on USC in their first round of the tournament where each team played two games per round.
The Bucs won their first round against the Rebels, 2-0, with both games ending in a score of 25-17.
Monica Krieger led the Bucs against the Rebels with 18 set assists.
Krista Hassing had nine kills, seven digs and four ace blocks. She also went nine for ten at the service line with five aces.
Janessa Jahnke had four kills and two ace blocks for the Bucs. She also served a perfect 12 for 12 and scored two aces.
Ashton Hendricksen had three kills in the first round.
The second round put the Bucs up against the MVL?Chargers. BEA?won this round 2-0 with game scores of 25-17 and 25-23.
The Bucs were hot on the service line in their round against the Chargers with Hassing leading the way.
She had a perfect 11 of 11 at the service line with two aces. Hassing also had 13 kills, 9 digs and three ace blocks.
Wirtjes went 7 for 7 serving for the Bucs and also had four digs.
Ciarra Olson served 7 for 7 at the service line as well with two aces.
Krieger led the team with 18 set assists and had nine digs. She served 9 of 10 for the Bucs with three aces.
Jahnke had nine kills and four ace blocks.
In the third round of the invite, BEA?played Southwest Star Concept where they lost the first game 25-17 and won the second 25-22.
Krieger had 16 set assists and went 9 of 10 at the service line, scoring four aces.
Hassing led the team in kills in with eight. She also had one ace block and went 6 of 6 in serves.
Jahnke had seven kills, seven digs and three ace blocks. She also served 7 of 7 for the Bucs scoring two aces.
Nicole Krinke had six digs and served 6 of 6 for BEA?in the third round.
The Bucs went on to play the Albert Lea Tigers in the fourth round. The Bucs won both games in the match with scores of 25-18 and 25-17.
Krinke had 18 set assists, one ace block and went 7 for 8, scoring one ace for BEA.
Leading the team in kills was Hassing who racked up 10 in the fourth round. She also had seven digs and two ace blocks.
Jahnke had seven kills, six digs and went 8 of 10 at the service line.
BEA played two very close scoring games in round five against NRHEG, but lost 26-24 and 26-24.
Krieger had 19 set assists and served 11 of 12 with two aces.
Hassing had 11 kills, six digs and three ace blocks.
Jahnke had five kills, eight digs and two ace blocks. She served a perfect 9 of 9 for the Bucs with three aces.
Audrey McDonald went 6 of 7 at the service line with one ace. She also had two kills for BEA.
The Bucs tied MCW,?winning one game a piece in round six. MCW won the first game 25-22 and BEA won the second 25-21.
Riley Mack served a perfect 5 of 5 for the Bucs with one ace. She also had four digs.
Hendricksen led the Bucs with eight kills and seven digs.
Krieger had eight set assists while Hassing had six kills and two ace blocks.
Olson went 5 for 6 at the service line with one ace. She also had three digs.
At the end of the tournament, the Bucs had won a total of eight games and lost four.