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Buc volleyball team sweeps St. Peter Saints

By Staff | Sep 22, 2008

The Blue Earth Area girls volleyball team defeated the visiting St. Peter Saints on Tuesday to move their conference record to 4-0.

The Bucs earned the victory with a three game sweep winning by scores of 25-19, 25-12, and 25-21.

While it was good to get the win, the Bucs seemed to suffer from some lackluster play, with many unforced errors.

“It was not our most polished performance,” Head Coach Donna Lee commented.

The girls started game one taking a 1-0 lead and never trailed. St. Peter kept it close though, and trailed by only one point midway through the game at 14-13.

The Bucs, with Kate Hassing serving, opened the lead back up to five points at 18-13 and then maintained at least a four point lead for the remainder of the game. Sydney Ristau closed out the game serving the last two points for the Buc win.

It appeared the Bucs had gotten on track in game two as they raced out to an early 7-0 lead behind the serving of Jenny Smith. The closest the Saints could come was within three points as they cut the Blue Earth Area lead to 11-8.

The Bucs took over from there, extending the lead. Their biggest margin came as Kate Hassing served the winning point to give the Bucs a 13-point victory.

Game three proved to be the closest game of the contest as the Saints held the lead in the early going and stretched the margin to four points at 13-9.

The Bucs clawed their way back with Hassing serving to tie it up at 13 all. A side out by each team made the score 14-14 before the Bucs grabbed the lead for good.

The Saints stayed close and were within striking distance trailing by only two points at 22-20. The Bucs were able to maintain their lead and sealed the victory with a Ristau spike to end the game.

Leading the way for the Bucs were Danika Stindtman with 12 kills and Smith with seven. Smith was also 18-18 serving with 3 aces.

Hassing also had a good night at the service line hitting 16 of 16 serves with three aces. Kirsten Johanson had six digs and 24 set assists.

In earlier action the B and C squads were victorious as both squads joined the varsity team in being undefeated in conference play.