BEA wins Luverne tourney
For the first time since Donna Nawrocki has been coaching, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers volleyball team won the Luverne Invitational Tournament, held on Saturday, Sept. 11.
BEA played in five matches, winning four and tying one – but taking the tiebreaker on total points scored in the two games.
The Bucs defeated host Luverne in the first game, split with Southwest Christian (Edgerton) in match No. 2, then defeated Edgerton Public, Pipestone and Vermillion, S.D.
“We had great serve receive and were able to run a lot of different offensive options,” Coach Nawrocki says. “Our defense was aggressive and we were able to keep a lot of rallies going. It was a great overall effort by the team.”
The following is a synopsis of the Bucs winning effort:
In match No. 1, BEA downed the host Cardinals 25-14, 25-4.
Sydney Ristau had seven kills in the match, and Krista Hassing added four.
Jenny Smith was a perfect 18 for 18 serving with two aces and 15 points, while Ashley Olson was 11 of 12, three aces and 10 points.
Olson also had 14 set assists and five digs. Anna Marie Hoyt had eight digs, and Katie Krieger three ace blocks.
In match No. 2, the Bucs won the first game against a tough Southwest Christian squad, 25-21, but lost the second one 25-23. However, the took the overall win on total points scored.
Smith had six kills, Hoyt added three. Smith was also a perfect 12 of 12 serving with two aces and seven points.
Krieger was 11 of 13 from the line, with three aces and eight points.
Olson was 8 of 9, two aces and six points. She also had 10 set assists and eight digs. Allie Curtis tallied eight digs.
Ristau had the Bucs lone ace block.
Match No. 3 pitted BEA against Edgerton Public. The Bucs won 25-10, 25-21.
Smith led BEA with six kills and was 11 of 12 serving, with an ace and nine points. She also had five digs.
Hassing, Hoyt and Ristau all added four kills. Ristau was also 9 of 9 serving with two aces and seven points, plus she had an ace block – as did Krieger.
Olson was 7 of 9 from the line with two aces and seven points. She had 17 set assists and had six digs.
Sara Warmka also had five digs.
Next up for BEA was a 25-22, 25-21 win over Pipestone in match No. 4.
In this match, Ristau had seven kills Hassing six. Hassing also had two ace blocks and five digs.
Hoyt was 10 of 10 serving with one ace and six points, and also led the team with seven digs.
Curtis was 8 of 8 serving with six points, and Krieger was 7 of 9 from the line with two aces and five points.
Olson had 18 set assists, one ace block and six digs.
The fifth and final game of the day had the Bucs up against Vermillion, S.D. and BEA came out the winner, 27-25, 25-13.
Ristau had five kills and an ace block, while Smith also had five kills and five digs.
Hoyt continued to serve well, going 15 of 15 with two aces and 12 points. She also had a team-leading seven digs.
Curtis was 7 of 7 at the line, with four points, and Krieger was 7 of 9 and five points.
Olson had nine set assists and five digs.