Bucs beat New Ulm in 5 game thriller
Volleyball just doesn’t get any more exciting than this.
On the road in New Ulm Thursday night, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers pulled off a come-from-behind victory in a five game marathon.
The Bucs started the night winning the first game 25-21, but lost the next two 25-15, 25-22.
That set up a must-win fourth game for BEA. However, they fell behind early and it appeared the night would end with a loss to the Eagles.
Down by 11 points at 21-10, the Bucs started to mount their dramatic come-back. They scored six unanswered points to cut New Ulm’s lead to five.
The Eagles got two more points to go up 23-16 and it looked grim for the Bucs chances.
BEA kept in the game and tied it at 24-24. Games go to 25 points, but a team has to win by two, so play continued.
The Bucs got their very first lead of the game at 27-26 but could not get the match point. Neither could New Ulm when they were ahead 29-28 and the game continued.
After another tie at 29, the Bucs got the necessary two points and won 31-29.
With the match tied up two games apiece, both teams gave it their best shot in the fifth game, which is played to just 15 points.
The BEA girls kept a slim lead in the early part of the final game, but the Eagles kept pace and the game was tied at least eight times.
New Ulm took the lead at 14-13 and served for match point. A kill by the Buc’s Danika Stindtman tied it at 14-all.
The Bucs pulled ahead at both 16-15 and 17-16, but both times they failed to get the final match point.
Finally BEA completed the miracle victory by scoring two points in a row and winning 19-17.
Stindtman was the stats leader for the Bucs, getting 21 kills and 13 digs. Kate Hassing added six kills. Jenny Smith was 29 of 31 from the serving line, generating 23 points for the Bucs.
Kirsten Johanson had 33 set assists for BEA. Sydney Ristau had three ace blocks.
The win made BEA’s record 2-0, 1-0 in the conference. It was New Ulm’s fourth loss of the season.
Next up for the Buccaneers is a home match Tuesday night against St. Peter.