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Bucs clip Redbirds, 3-1

By Staff | Nov 2, 2009

After their first game against the Montgomery-Lonsdale Redbirds on Thursday night, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer volleyball team needed to do some adjusting.

That’s because the No. 6 seeded Redbirds took it to the No. 3 seeded Bucs and won the game 25-17.

But, the Buccaneers did adjust, and swept the Redbirds in the the next three games, 25-13, 25-21, 25-19 to win the Section 2 South Sub-Section quarter final game.

With the win, BEA advances to play on Monday night, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. against New Richland-Hartland Ellendale-Geneva.

Facing Montgomery-Lonsdale on Thursday, the Bucs dug themselves a hole in game one.

After leading 3-1, BEA fell behind by a big 20-9 score. The Bucs scored the next five points, with Morgan Dickman at the line, but the rally was too little, too late.

Game two was tied at 5-5 early, but that was when the Buccaneers took control of the tempo and the net. They built up a commanding 20-11 lead, then finished the game with a kill by Sydney Ristau, then another one by Kate Hassing. The final was 25-13.

The Bucs came out smoking in game three, jumping to an 8-1 lead. The Redbirds were not giving up quite yet, however, and eventually tied the game at 14-all, and again at 15.

With Dickman once again at the service line, BEA scored the next six points to go up 20-15. Montgomery-Lonsdale rallied, and peeled off four in a row of their own, tying the game again, this time at 21-21.

BEA got the next four points, using another Hassing kill, and an ace serve by Katie Krieger, to finish the game and get the win, 25-21.

It was the Redbirds who jumped to the early lead in game four, going to 4-1, and then up to 12-5.

This time it was the Bucs who had to tie it, at 12-12, by reeling off seven straight points.

The game was tied again at 16-16, but BEA kept building the lead after that, with Jenny Smith at the service line. Her ace serve made it 19-16. Ristau got another big kill to make the score 23-19, and two miscues by the Redbirds finished the game at 25-19, giving the Bucs the 3-1 win.

Jenny Smith was 23 of 24 serving with 16 service points and one ace. She also had 20 digs. Dickman was 20 of 21 at the line, with 17 points and three aces. She also had 13 set assists and 13 digs.

Hassing had eight kills for the Bucs, Ristau added six and three ace blocks. Krieger had five ace blocks, and four kills.

Ashley Olson added 11 set assists and four kills.

The win boosted the Bucs overall season record to 15-11.

To read more of this story, see this week’s Register.