We are the champs!
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer volleyball team claimed outright ownership of the South Central Conference championship crown with a three game sweep of the Waseca Bluejays last Monday night.
The Bucs had originally been scheduled to play Windom Area on Monday in Windom.
However, a previously cancelled match against Waseca had to be played in order to determine the conference championship.
BEA had one loss in the conference and needed to finish conference play without a second loss in order to break a tie for the SCC title.
They did just that, ending the season with a 9-1 conference record and an 18-8 overall regular season record.
The Bucs defeated the Bluejays 25-21, 25-13, 25-17.
“This was a true ‘team’ championship,” Buc coach Donna Nawrocki says. “From the girls on the court to those who push them everyday in practice, this SCC title was well earned.”
Only game one of the three against Waseca was very close.
After leading early on, the Bucs and ‘Jays were tied up at 16 each, and again at 17-17 and 18-18.
Waseca took a 20-18 lead after that. However, BEA came back for yet another tie at 21-all.
After that it was all Buccaneers and they held the Bluejays scoreless the rest of the way, taking game point on a commanding Janessa Jahnke kill.
Game two was all BEA. The Bucs led 11-3, then 16-6 and 20-10. It ended at 25-13.
The Bluejays put up a fierce battle early in game three, leading by as much as four at 7-3.
The Buccaneers were forced to play a little bit of catch-up, which they did, tying the game at 10-10.
From there on it was all BEA. Jahnke started the scoring spurt with back-to-back identical serves that both hit the net but crawled over for an ace.
The Bucs built a commanding 17-11 lead, then were up 19-13.
After leading 22-15, the Bucs saw the Bluejays make a last flurry and score several more points before another Jahnke hard kill ended the game and match.
Jahnke led in kills with 14 and was 16 of 17 serving with 11 points and two aces.
Krista Hassing added 12 kills, seven digs and two ace blocks for the conference champs.
Annemarie Hoyt led the team with 12 digs, while Macy Henningsen added nine as well as 31 set assists.
“This is a great group of girls,” Coach Nawrocki says. “I couldn’t be more proud of their accomplishments.”
BEA 7th at Rochester
The Buccaneers took seventh place at the Rochester Century Volleyball Tournament on Oct. 21-22.
BEA finished 2-2 at the tournament. They won their first match 2-0 over Winona Cotter, then lost 2-0 to Rochester Mayo, lost 2-1 to host Rochester Century and finished with a 2-0 victory over Rochester Lourdes.
In their first game, the Bucs won 26-24, 25-11 over Winona Cotter.
In the two games, Krista Hassing had 11 kills and two ace blocks. Janessa Jahnke also had two blocks and added seven kills and six digs.
Macy Henningsen had 26 set assists, six digs and was 12 of 14 serving with nine points and an ace.
Nicole Carr also had six digs and was 9 of 9 serving with six points and an ace.
The Bucs lost two games to Rochester Mayo 25-12, 25-13.
Hassing had five kills and two ace blocks.
Jahnke was 6 of 8 serving with four points. Sara Warmka was 5 of 5 with one point. She also led in digs with six.
Annemarie Hoyt added four kills for BEA and five digs. Henningsen had 12 set assists and five digs.
The Bucs went to three games against Rochester Century but fell 25-16, 18-25, 15-11.
Hassing led with eight kills and three ace blocks and seven digs, and was 9 of 11 serving with seven points.
Serving leader was Carr who was 10 of 10 from the line with six points and an ace. Hoyt was 9 of 9 with five points and also added eight digs.
Warmka led with 11 digs and added five kills for the Bucs. Jahnke had seven kills and three ace blocks.
Monica Krieger had 10 set assists and Henningsen added nine.
The Buccaneers finished up their tournament action by defeating Rochester Lourdes 25-8, 25-17.
Hassing had eight kills and three ace blocks. Jahnke had seven kills and two ace blocks, as well as going 18 of 18 from the service line with 15 points and six serving aces.
Megan Wirtjes was also perfect at the serving line with a 9 of 9 performance with seven points and two aces.
Warmka had six kills, Hoyt four and Carr four for BEA. Henningsen had 20 set assists.