BEA sweeps by Saints
It was a three game sweep for the Blue Earth Area Bucs volleyball team in their opening conference match.
The Bucs traveled to St. Peter and won by scores of 25-7, 25-23, and 25-12 last Thursday night.
The Bucs dominated game one.
Besides playing well themselves, they were also aided by many net violations and errant serves committed by the Saints.
BEA jumped out to a 3-0 lead. The Saints scored two points to pull within one at 3-2. It would be the only time the Saints would score consecutive points in game one.
Kills by Sydney Ristau, Jenny Smith, Anne Marie Hoyt, a stuff by Krista Hassing, an ace block by Katie Krieger and punch shot by Ashley Olson helped the Bucs to a 15-5 advantage
Smith headed to the service line with the Bucs holding an 18-7 lead and proceeded to serve the last seven points, the last point coming on a service ace.
It looked like game two might be a blowout as the Bucs, led by three kills by Ristau, quickly gained a 6-2 advantage.
The Saints, however, started to have some success and kept the Bucs from gaining a large lead.
Trailing 14-10, the Saints made their move and scored eight consecutive points to take an 18-14 lead.
The home team held a 22-19 lead but a Smith kill brought the Bucs to within two. The Bucs and the Saints traded net serves to make it 23-21 in favor of the Saints.
Ashley Olson was next to serve and with the aid of two kills by Smith and one kill by Ristau, the Bucs came back to claim game two 25-23.
“I’ve told the girls that once we get a lead we need to stay aggressive and not let the opponent in the back door,” notes Bucs’ mentor Donna Nawrocki. “We really had to dig in and see what we were made of in game two.” The Bucs seemed to heed their coach’s advice in game three. Strong play at the net with consecutive blocks by Krieger and Ristau broke a 1-1 tie and the Bucs never looked back.
Scoring most of their points at the net with kills, blocks, or stuffs, the Bucs opened up a 10 point lead at 13-3. The Saints never threatened – coming no closer than eight points, before falling 25-12.
Olsen collected 28 set assists for the night. Smith and Hoyt each had 10 kills, followed by Ristau with six.
Hassing had four ace blocks, Krieger and Ristau added two ace blocks apiece.
Smith was 16 of 18 serving scoring 13 points and four aces. Olsen hit nine out of 10 serves for eight points and one ace.
Hoyt and Smith each had nine digs.
The Bucs participate in the Luverne Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 11. They return home to host the New Ulm Eagles on Monday, before traveling to Fairmont to take on the Cardinals on Thursday.