Bucs sweep past Cards
Blue Earth Area completed a season sweep of the Fairmont Cardinals in volleyball with a 25-10, 25-18, 25-20 victory last Monday evening.
Playing before their home town fans, the Bucs got off to a quick start and never trailed in either of the first two games.
BEA jumped off to an 8-1 lead with three of the points coming off service aces; two by Jenny Smith and one by Katie Krieger.
With Ashley Olson setting, the front line of Smith, Sydney Ristau, and Anne Marie Hoyt riddled the Fairmont defense with kill shots and the Bucs built a 22-10 lead.
Two more ace serves by Krieger and a block by Krista Hassing ended the game for a 25-10 Bucs victory.
Game two started off almost exactly like game one. Three ace serves by Olson helped the Bucs establish an early 8-2 lead,
Fairmont battled back and tied the maroon and gold at 16-16. An ace block by Ristau put the Bucs out in front and sent Ristau to the service line.
By the time she was done serving, the Bucs had moved back in front 22-17. Kills by Hoyt and Hassing, along with two ace serves by Ristau, helped fuel the run.
A Hoyt ace serve was sandwiched around two four-hit calls on the Cards, giving the Bucs the last three points and a 25-18 win.
An early 3-0 Buccaneer lead in game three didn’t hold up. The Cardinals chipped away at the lead and tied the game at 8-8 on a Fairmont ace serve. The visitors then took their first lead of the night on the next point, holding a 9-8 advantage.
The lead was short lived, however. A soft tap by Smith found the floor, tying the game at 9-9.
The Bucs then opened up a 13-10 lead, only to see the Cards score three straight points to knot the game at 13. A Cardinal net violation stopped their rally and gave the Bucs the lead for good.
Fairmont kept the game close, pulling to within one point of the Bucs at 19-18 – but the Cards couldn’t catch the home town team.
The game ended when a Cardinal serve sailed past the end line, giving the Bucs the 25-22 win.
Olson and Smith were the leading servers for the Bucs. Both players were 14 of 14 from the service line. Olson collected 12 points with four aces while Smith scored eight points and three aces.
Olson also accounted for 21 set assists with Hoyt and Smith leading the way with seven and six kills respectively.
Ristau and Hassing each had two ace blocks. Hassing had 18 digs followed by Hoyt with 14 and Smith with 10.
The Bucs improved their conference record to 7-1. Their next game is a non-conference match against JCC at Jackson on Tuesday. Their next conference game is Thursday, when they travel to Waseca to play the Bluejays.
Bucs fifth at invite
The Buccaneers were fifth at their own Buc Invitational last Saturday.
BEA went 1-2 in pool play. The team downed Minnesota Valley Lutheran 25-20, 25-20, then lost to Southwest Star Concept, 7-25, 26-24, 15-10, and NRHEG 25-23, 25-15 in Pool A.
The Bucs then defeated Albert Lea 23-25, 25-15, 15-8 in the fifth place match.
The Class A No. 4 ranked Martin County West Mavericks went 4-0 and claimed the championship of the invitational meet.