BEA bedevils Saints, 5-0 in SCC
It took four games to get the job done, but the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer volleyball team defeated St. Peter on Thursday night to go to a perfect 5-0 record in the South Central Conference.
After cruising to a 25-15 win in the first game, the Bucs fell to the Saints 25-14 in the second game to even the match.
BEA came back with a 25-18 win in game three, and then put the match away by winning 25-17 in the fourth game.
BEA’s overall season record improved to 7-4 with the win in St. Peter.
Ashley Olson led the Bucs with 11 kills. She also had 16 set assists, two ace blocks and 11 digs.
Jenny Smith was 17 of 18 at the service line, with 10 service points. She also led in digs with 22 and had nine kills.
Morgan Dickman had 13 set assists and 13 digs to help out in the win. Kate Hassing had three ace blocks and nine kills. Katie Krieger added two ace blocks.
Maddie McDonald was a perfect 9 for 9 at the service line with six serving points and two aces.
This week the Bucs have a couple of home matches as part of Homecoming week at BEA. They host St. James on Tuesday night, and New Ulm on Thursday night.
BEA 3, Waseca 0
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer volleyball team got a three game sweep over Waseca on Tuesday night, but it wasn’t all that easy.
The Bucs won 32-30, 25-22, 25-19 for the conference victory, upping the Bucs South Central Conference record to a perfect 4-0.
Sydney Ristau had nine kills and Kate Hassing eight to lead the Buccaneers. Both also had two ace blocks. Hassing had 17 digs.
Ashley Olson had 10 assists and 20 digs to help out her team.
Teresa Claeys was 22 of 23 serving with three aces and 17 serving points to pace the Bucs.
Morgan Dickman had 12 assists and 18 digs. Jenny Smith was 17 of 19 serving with 11 points.
The Bucs have an overall record of 6-4.
This week they host St. James here on Tuesday night.
JCC 3, BEA 0
The Class AA 2nd-ranked Jackson County Central Huskies defeated the host Blue Earth Area Buccaneers 3-0 in volleyball action last Monday night. The Huskies won all three games by an identical 25-13 score to move their overall record to 12-1.JCC got off to a fast start in game one as they tallied the first eight points before the Bucs were able to get on the scoreboard. The Huskies continued their strong play as they never allowed the Bucs to score more than three consecutive points at a time on the way to their 12-point victory.
“They are true to their ranking,” comments Buc Coach Donna Nawrocki. “We haven’t seen that tempo of play yet this year.”
Game two started much the same way as game one, as the Huskies again built an early lead. This time the Bucs were able to battle back, aided in part by some rare mental mistakes by the Huskies. The Bucs seemed to gain the momentum as they closed the gap to one point, trailing 12-11.
The Huskies regrouped, however, and outscored the Bucs 13-2 to close the door and get the victory in game number two.
Blue Earth Area grabbed their only lead of the night in game three, jumping out to a 4-0 edge. JCC, however, turned things around taking a 10-6 lead. The Bucs rebounded and fought back to pull within one point as JCC held on to a slim 12-11 advantage.
The Huskies put together their biggest run of the night, expanding their lead to 21-11, before the Bucs could force a side out. JCC closed out the game to secure their three games to none match victory.
“They are a solid overall team, they don’t have a weak rotation,” notes Coach Nawrocki.
Ashley Olson led the Bucs with five points on nine for nine serving, three ace blocks and eight digs.
Jenny Smith was eight of nine serving for four points and one ace. Katie Krieger added three ace blocks and Morgan Dickman had seven digs. Sydney Ristau and Kate Hassing led in kills with five and three respectively.
The Huskies were led by Erika Voss and Whitney Burmeister who each had 12 kills. Briel Hendrickson was 24 of 24 serving with five aces and also had 19 digs. Stacey Schuller led the Huskies with 25 set assists.