Bucs clip Cards, 3-1
The Blue Earth Area volleyball team traveled to Fairmont Thursday night to take on their I-90 rival Fairmont Cardinals. The Bucs improved their conference record to 2-1 with a three games to one victory – downing their opponent 25-14, 25-19, 19-25, and 25-17.
Fairmont was leading game one 8-7 when Krista Hassing pounded one to the floor to pull the Bucs into an 8-8 tie.
Hassing then stepped to the service line and, aided by a service ace and a Jenny Smith kill, the Bucs took a 12-8 lead.
Blue Earth Area would then outscore Fairmont 13-6 to take game one 25-14.
Game two had a similar feel to the opening game. The teams were tied at 7-7 when the Bucs made their move. BEA would open up a 17-10 lead and Fairmont could not recover and pulled no closer than five points.
Fairmont avoided a three game sweep when they broke a 17-17 tie in game three, outscoring the Bucs 8-2 to garner a 25-19 win.
Sydney Ristau’s kill off an Ashley Olson assist tied game four up at 3-3. Ristau then stepped to the service line and delivered a service ace to put the Bucs up for good.
The Bucs had opened up a four point lead, but the Cards were rallying and had pulled to within two. A kill by the Bucs’ Katie Krieger stopped the rally and put BEA up 10-7.
Ristau’s ace gave the Bucs a 15-10 lead, but once again Fairmont clawed their way back, cutting the Bucs”lead to 15-13.
This time the Bucs’ Olson would take on the role of rally killer. The senior setter would trade duties and deliver a spike to the floor, putting the Bucs up 16-13.
BEA then pulled away and Anne Marie Hoyt delivered the final point when her kill shot was blocked out of bounds, giving the visitors a 25-17 victory.
Ristau led the Bucs with 12 kills, followed by Hoyt with eight and Hassing with six. They were aided by Olson, who recorded 44 set assists.
Hoyt recorded 20 digs, Smith had 16, and Olson 11.
Hassing and Krieger each added two ace blocks.
Smith was 20 of 21 from the service line for 12 points, Hassing was 16 of 18 for 12 points, and Hoyt finished with eight points, hitting 13 of 13 serves.
BEA hosts Waseca on Tuesday and St. Peter on Thursday this week.