BEA sweeps Bluejays, 3-0
The Blue Earth Area team completed a three-game sweep of the Waseca Bluejays last Tuesday night at home.
But, all three games were hotly contested. Scores were 25-20, 25-16, 25-19.
“It wasn’t always pretty, but we got the job done,” says Buccaneer volleyball coach, Donna Nawrocki.
The Bucs started the night out with a fast 7-2 start, and looked to be cruising their way through the first game.
However, the Bluejays came back and took over the lead at 20-19.
With Katie Krieger serving, BEA scored the next six points and completed a come-from-behind victory, 25-20.
Game two had the score tied at 13-13 when Krista Hassing got the team going with two kills in a row.
AnneMarie Hoyt also had a big kill, and the Bucs were up 18-13 and rolling along.
Jenny Smith ended the game at 25-16 with a vicious kill the Bluejays had no chance to return.
The Bucs never trailed in game three, but the score was tied three times. First, at 8-8, after a Bluejay kill. Next at both 15-15 and 16-16.
The Bucs built up a slim lead after that, using a series of kills and Bluejay miscues to get the win.
Syd Ristau put the exclamation point on the victory with an over-the-net hit, and the Bucs won 25-19.
Ristau and Smith each had eight kills during the match.
Smith also had 11 digs, and was 11 of 12 serving with six points and two aces.
Allie Curtis was also 11 of 12 serving with eight points.
Ashley Olson had 18 set assists and nine digs. Maddie McDonald added eight digs.
Hassing had three ace blocks, while Krieger added two.
“It was our first home win,” Coach Nawrocki says. “And it was a three-game sweep, so we will take it.”
The Bucs had previously lost to LeSueur-Henderson and New Ulm at home. BEA’s record stands at 9-2 overall, and 3-1 in the South Central Conference.
The Bucs travel to St. James on Tuesday, and New Ulm on Thursday, this week. They host the Buccaneer Invitational on Saturday.