Eagles soar past Bucs
Blue Earth Area fell to the visiting New Ulm Eagles in volleyball action last Monday evening. It was a three game sweep for the Buccaneer’s South Central Conference foe, as the Eagles won the three games 29-27, 25-21, 25-20.
The loss drops the Bucs’ conference record to 1-1. The Eagles improved their conference record to a perfect 2-0 having also defeated Waseca.
“We were sluggish and that affected us in every aspect of our game,” says Bucs coach Donna Nawrocki. “We didn’t receive serve well and that kept us from running our offense.”
Game one was a back and forth battle in the early going with both teams having a difficult time holding serve.
New Ulm eventually opened up a four point lead at 10-6. The Bucs closed the gap to one point, trailing 11-10, only to see New Ulm score three straight points to once again hold a four point advantage at 14-10.
Coach Nawrocki called a quick time out and the Bucs regrouped and fought back to tie the game at 15-all. The game was tied again at 16 when a tip by Krista Hassing, an ace serve by Sydney Ristau, and a violation against the Eagles, put the Bucs up 19-16.
Now it was the Eagles who would put together a rally. Their efforts put them back on top over the Bucs 21-20.
A kill by Jenny Smith tied the game up and the Bucs tacked on two more points to take a 23-21 lead. The Eagles closed the gap to one point before a left-handed tip by Ashley Olson made it 24-22 in favor of the Bucs – with the chance to serve for the match.
New Ulm fought off the game point and came back to tie the game at 24-24.
A back row attack by Hassing gave the Bucs another chance to close the game out. The Bucs blocked an Eagles’ kill shot, but the ball landed out of bounds for an Eagle point and a 25-25 tie.
The Eagles gained the advantage this time and had a chance to serve for the win but a net serve tied the game at 26.
A kill by Ristau gave the Bucs a 27-26 lead and another chance to win the game. However the Bucs’ serve sailed wide and the Eagles followed with an ace serve and a hard kill to gain the 29-27 win.
Game two was another close game. The Eagles and the Bucs were tied at 12 when New Ulm began to take control. Blue Earth Area trailed by no more than four points throughout the game, falling behind 16-12.
The Bucs would come as close as one point at 20-19, but could not overtake the Eagles who eventually scored the 25-21 victory.
New Ulm and Blue Earth Area battled to 6-6 tie in game three before New Ulm pulled away to a 12-6 lead.
A Jenny Smith kill finally stopped the Eagles’ run and halted their momentum. Hassing stepped to the service line with the Bucs trailing 13-9 and by the time she was done BEA had gained a 15-13 lead.
The two teams were then tied at 15, 16, 17, and 18. New Ulm took the lead 19-18 and never trailed again, as they completed the three game sweep with a 25-20 victory.
Hassing was 12 of 13 serving with one ace and nine points to lead the Bucs. Smith and Krieger each recorded six points. Smith was 12 of 12 from the service line while Krieger was nine of 12 with one ace.
Smith led the team with seven kills followed by Ristau with six and Hassing with five. Ristau also recorded two ace blocks.
Olson had 16 set assists. Smith led the way with 15 digs, Hassing and Olson added 12 and eight digs respectively.