SCC showdown Eagles claw Bucs, 3-1
It was billed as a battle between the South Central Conference volleyball leaders.
Both the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers and the New Ulm Eagles had identical 5-1 conference records going into last Thursday night’s match in New Ulm, and were tied for the SCC lead.
Unfortunately for the Bucs, the Eagles claimed the top spot, defeating the Buccaneers 3-1 in four games, with scores of 25-20, 25-15, 9-25, 25-19. The Bucs dropped to 5-2 in the conference, while the Eagles soared to 6-1.
Perhaps the Bucs could take some solace in the fact that the game with the largest margin of victory was the one they won – and won big.
The other three saw the Bucs have their moments, but they just couldn’t overcome the Eagles’ firepower.
It was the second time this season the Bucs had lost to the Eagles.
In game one on Thursday, BEA was close at one point, trailing by just two at 14-12. But, they trailed by as many as five the rest of the way out, and lost the game, 25-20.
The Eagles took a 5-0 lead in game two and appeared to be on a roll.
After trailing 11-7, the Bucs’ Katie Krieger started serving and Krista Hassing and Sydney Ristau started hitting, and suddenly the Bucs had tied the game at 11-all.
However, the Eagles grabbed the next nine points in a row, and led 20-11. BEA could not overcome the large deficit and lost by 10 points, 25-15.
Needing a win in game three in order to stay in the match, the Bucs got it, and they did it in a big way.
After jumping out to a 6-1 lead, the Bucs extended it to 11-3.
With Jenny Smith at the service line, the Buccaneers proceeded to reel off seven unanswered points and took a commanding 18-4 lead.
The Eagles managed five more points before a tip at the net by Krieger ended the game, 25-9.
BEA couldn’t hold the momentum going into game four, and quickly fell behind 4-0 to the Eagles.
The Bucs fought back, gaining a tie at 6-6, but could never get ahead. They trailed by four or five the rest of the way out, losing 25-19 at the end.
Despite losing, the Bucs put up some good stats.
Ashley Olson was a perfect 16 of 16 serving, with 10 points and three aces. She also had 22 set assists.
Smith had nine kills to lead the Bucs, as well as 11 digs. Hassing added 13 digs and five kills, two ace blocks and two ace serves. She was 12 of 14 serving.
Ristau had six kills and three ace blocks for the Bucs, while Krieger also added three ace blocks.
The Buccaneers overall season record fell to 11-3 with the loss.
On Saturday, they were set to host the Buc Invitational. Details will be included in next week’s Faribault County Reg-ister.
This week, the Bucs host Fairmont on Monday night, for another SCC contest.