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No. 4-ranked Giants sweep BEA

By Staff | Nov 8, 2010

Carly Hyland

Le Sueur-Henderson lived up to its Class AA No. 4 ranking in volleyball, defeating the visiting Blue Earth Area Buccaneers in Sub-Section 2AA semifinal action Monday night.

The Giants, who claimed third place in last year’s State Tournament, swept the Bucs 25-14, 25-12, 25-22.

The Giants jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in game one, but two kills by the Bucs’ Anne Marie Hoyt pulled BEA within two points at 4-3.

Unfortunately for the Bucs, they had trouble scoring more than one point in a row. This allowed LSH to open up a 16-9 lead.

Two more kills by Hoyt helped BEA put together a four-point run to pull close the gap to 16-13. A time out by the Giants stopped the Bucs’ momentum and the hosts scored nine of the next 10 points to secure the 25-14 win.

Jenny Smith

Game two saw LSH take an early lead and build on it. Its offensive firepower overpowered the Bucs, who struggled to stop the Giants from putting together scoring runs resulting in the 25-12 win for the Giants.

Blue Earth Area wasn’t going to go down without a fight. The maroon and gold took a 2-0 lead in game three, before the Giants came back to tie it at 4-4. The Giants then took the lead 5-4, but a Krista Hassing block pulled the Bucs back into a 5-5 tie.

LSH scored two points to take a 7-5 lead, but unlike the first two games, BEA was able to stop the Giants’ run.

A Hassing ace block and a Hoyt kill – off an Ashley Olson set – tied the game at 7-7. Hassing’s work at the net resulted in the Bucs taking an 8-7 lead. BEA continued to be aggressive and Jenny Smith’s ace serve – and a front line ace block – put the Bucs out in front 11-7.

Le Sueur-Henderson finally managed to tie the game at 13-13 and briefly took the lead at 14-13.

The BEA squad tied the game at 14-14. Sydney Ristau then came through with an ace block to put the Bucs back into the lead, 15-14.

The Bucs were unable to hold the lead, however, and the Giants stormed in front 22-18.

But, the Bucs kept their poise and Katie Krieger’s ace block cut the Giants’ advantage to one point at 22-21- forcing a Giant time out.

A front line block by the Bucs landed out of bounds, giving the Giants a 23-21 lead. LSH scored the next point, resulting in a Bucs’ time out.

A kill into the net by the Giants made the score 24-22, but a kill shot by the Giants gave them a 25-22 victory.

Smith was 11 of 11 serving with one ace and six points. Krieger scored four points on 8 of 9 serving.

Leading the team in ace blocks was Hassing with four, Ristau with three and Krieger with two.

Olson contributed 16 set assists with Hoyt getting six kills. Hassing and Ristau each added four kills. Smith led the team with eight digs.

The Bucs end the season with a 20-9 record. It was the last game for six seniors – Ashley Olson, Carly Hyland, Charlotte Haugh, Maddie McDonald, Katie Krieger and Sydney Ristau.

No. 4-ranked Giants sweep BEA

By Staff | Nov 8, 2010

Carly Hyland

Le Sueur-Henderson lived up to its Class AA No. 4 ranking in volleyball, defeating the visiting Blue Earth Area Buccaneers in Sub-Section 2AA semifinal action Monday night.

The Giants, who claimed third place in last year’s State Tournament, swept the Bucs 25-14, 25-12, 25-22.

The Giants jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in game one, but two kills by the Bucs’ Anne Marie Hoyt pulled BEA within two points at 4-3.

Unfortunately for the Bucs, they had trouble scoring more than one point in a row. This allowed LSH to open up a 16-9 lead.

Two more kills by Hoyt helped BEA put together a four-point run to pull close the gap to 16-13. A time out by the Giants stopped the Bucs’ momentum and the hosts scored nine of the next 10 points to secure the 25-14 win.

Jenny Smith

Game two saw LSH take an early lead and build on it. Its offensive firepower overpowered the Bucs, who struggled to stop the Giants from putting together scoring runs resulting in the 25-12 win for the Giants.

Blue Earth Area wasn’t going to go down without a fight. The maroon and gold took a 2-0 lead in game three, before the Giants came back to tie it at 4-4. The Giants then took the lead 5-4, but a Krista Hassing block pulled the Bucs back into a 5-5 tie.

LSH scored two points to take a 7-5 lead, but unlike the first two games, BEA was able to stop the Giants’ run.

A Hassing ace block and a Hoyt kill – off an Ashley Olson set – tied the game at 7-7. Hassing’s work at the net resulted in the Bucs taking an 8-7 lead. BEA continued to be aggressive and Jenny Smith’s ace serve – and a front line ace block – put the Bucs out in front 11-7.

Le Sueur-Henderson finally managed to tie the game at 13-13 and briefly took the lead at 14-13.

The BEA squad tied the game at 14-14. Sydney Ristau then came through with an ace block to put the Bucs back into the lead, 15-14.

The Bucs were unable to hold the lead, however, and the Giants stormed in front 22-18.

But, the Bucs kept their poise and Katie Krieger’s ace block cut the Giants’ advantage to one point at 22-21- forcing a Giant time out.

A front line block by the Bucs landed out of bounds, giving the Giants a 23-21 lead. LSH scored the next point, resulting in a Bucs’ time out.

A kill into the net by the Giants made the score 24-22, but a kill shot by the Giants gave them a 25-22 victory.

Smith was 11 of 11 serving with one ace and six points. Krieger scored four points on 8 of 9 serving.

Leading the team in ace blocks was Hassing with four, Ristau with three and Krieger with two.

Olson contributed 16 set assists with Hoyt getting six kills. Hassing and Ristau each added four kills. Smith led the team with eight digs.

The Bucs end the season with a 20-9 record. It was the last game for six seniors – Ashley Olson, Carly Hyland, Charlotte Haugh, Maddie McDonald, Katie Krieger and Sydney Ristau.