Bucs spike Knights, 3-0
The Bucs opened their volleyball season with a three games to none victory over the host Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Knights in Lake Crystal Tuesday night. The scores of the games were 25-22, 25-18, 25-15.
“We had some first game jitters and have a lot of things to work on,” says head coach Donna Nawrocki. “I was happy with our blocking and the way we stuck with our plays.”
Blue Earth Area opened up a 20-11 lead in the first game before seeing the Knights score seven consecutive points to close the gap to three points at 21-18.
The Bucs finally broke serve and pushed their lead back to five points at 23-18 – only to have the Knights come back and make it a two-point Buc lead at 23-21. Blue Earth Area finally secured the winning point on a net serve by the Knights.
“The girls struggled but were able to work themselves out of the situation,” notes Nawrocki. “It’s something they have to be able to do.”
Game number two was close in the early going, with neither team able to breakaway. With the score tied at 13, Katie Krieger stepped to the service line and the Bucs increased the lead to 16-13. Following a side out, a block by Krista Hassing got a point and the ball back for the Buccaneers.Sydney Ristau was next to serve and aided her cause with a back row spike, making it 18-14.
Next, Hassing converted a kill off a quick set to put the Bucs up by five. A service ace by Ristau made it 20-14 in favor of the Bucs.
The Knights, just as they had in the first game, were able to battle back and again pulled to within three points at 21-18.
They killed their own momentum, however, with a net serve, giving BEA 22 points. This time the Bucs finished off their opponent with three straight points, including a game-ending ace by Hassing.
Their would be no comeback for the Knights in the final game.
The Bucs held a 17-14 lead and went on to score eight of the last nine points for the decisive victory.
All twelve varsity players saw action for the maroon and gold.
“I used a lot of different combinations tonight. I saw a lot of good things happening,” comments Nawrocki.
Sydney Ristau had a good all-around game for the Bucs.
She was 14-15 serving with two aces and 10 points and also added eight kills.
Jenny Smith also had a fine game, serving 13 of 13 with one ace, seven points, four kills, and five digs.
Ashley Olson was 10 of 11 at the service line with three aces and five points. She also had 18 set assists and four digs. Krista Hassing also recorded four kills.
The Bucs take their 1-0 record to St. Peter on Thursday, and then travel to the Luverne Invitational Tournament on Saturday.