BEA blanks St. Peter, 3-0
Blue Earth Area defeated St. Peter in volleyball action Thursday night. The Bucs won the first two games by comfortable margins, before having to stage a late-game rally in the third to complete the sweep.
Game scores were 25-11, 25-10, 25-23, as the Bucs defeated the Saints for the second time this year.
“We came out and played aggressively right away,” said head coach Donna Nawrocki. “That is something we need to do.”
Blue Earth Area improved their conference record to 4-1. The Saints fell to 0-5 in the conference.
The Bucs took a 6-1 lead in the opening game with Jenny Smith, AnneMarie Hoyt, Sydney Ristau, and Katie Krieger making the most of kills and tips to spark the opening run.
St. Peter would cut the lead to 6-4 before the Bucs began to pull away. Smith’s kill to end the game gave the Bucs the 14-point victory – which was also their largest lead of the game.
The maroon and gold continued their solid play in the second game. St. Peter tallied the first point of the game before a side out tied the game at one each.
Smith, who led her team in kills, digs, and serving, stepped to the service line and recorded the next nine points as the maroon and gold opened up a 10-1 lead.
Although there was a lengthy delay as the referees and St. Peter coaches tried to figure out which Saints’ players were supposed to be out on the floor, it didn’t derail the Bucs’ march to victory.
The Bucs maintained at least a seven point margin throughout rest of the game. Ashley Olson served the final seven points, as the Bucs sewed up a 25-10 victory.Game three was a battle from the beginning, as the lead changed hands four times in the early going. A kill by Krieger gave the Bucs a 12-8 lead and it appeared that the home team might be ready to pull away.
St. Peter fought back and ran off six consecutive points to turn a 14-11 deficit into a 17-14 lead.
The Saints would hold the lead until a Hoyt return hit the net and fell to the floor on the St. Peter side, tying the game at 21.
Two points later, the Bucs found themselves trailing 23-21. A back row hit by Hoyt found the floor for a point and cut the Saints’ margin to one.
Smith was up next to serve for the Bucs, who tied the game on a Krieger stuff at the net.
The Bucs got point number 24 – and the lead – when a Saints’ kill shot sailed long and out of bounds. Smith finished off the game – and the match – with a service ace for the 25-23 win.
Smith finished the night with 10 kills, 20 digs, and 19 points on 24 out of 24 serving. She also recorded two service aces.
Hoyt had eight kills to go along with 12 digs.
Ristau finished with seven kills and two ace blocks while Krieger scored four ace blocks.
Krista Hassing had 12 digs for the Bucs and Olson recorded 30 set assists. Olson was also the second leading server, hitting all 16 of her serves for 11 points and one service ace.