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Bucs fall to Fairmont Cards, 3-1

By Staff | Sep 21, 2014

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers continued to find their chemistry on the court in last Thursday’s game against the Fairmont Cardinals.

Although the Bucs lost 3-1, it could have gone either way as BEA?kept their opponents working to win their games.

The first game went to Fairmont, but the Bucs continued scoring and forced them to win by two points, 27-25.

The second game ended 25-22 leaving the Bucs behind by just three points this time.

But, the maroon and gold wasn’t going to accept defeat so they worked even harder in the third game, which paid off. They won the third game 25-18 forcing the match into a fourth game.

The fourth game also could have ended in either team’s favor, with both trailing one another up until the conclusion.

The last game went to Fairmont with just a three point difference, 25-22.

Samantha Barslou led the Bucs in kills at the net with 13. She also had seven digs and two ace blocks.

Alissa Norman aided the team with 17 set assists and also had led the team in digs with nine.

Devyn Braunshausen was the strength behind the back line serving a near perfect 19 for 20 and accounting for 10 points. She also had four kills.

Lindsey Jacobs also did well serving and was 16 for 17 accounting for nine points. She also had seven digs.

Samantha Ripley was the top Buc when it came to ace blocks with five she also had five kills.

Lindsey Norman had seven digs against Fairmont.

The Bucs loss against the Cardinals puts their overall record for the season at 0-11 and their conference record at 0-5.

BEA hosted the Buc Invite on Saturday after the Faribault County Register deadline.

This week the girls will host Waseca at home on Tuesday and St. James at home on Thursday.

New Ulm 3, BEA?1

The Buccaneers put up a good fight against the New Ulm Eagles last Tuesday, forcing the visiting team into four games to decide a winner.

Blue Earth Area hosted the match which was their fourth conference competition of the season.

The match score ended in New Ulm’s favor, 3-1, but the scores stayed close enough the games could have gone either way.

“This was a great game,”?Buc coach Donna Nawrocki says. “It was a good effort by the whole team.”

The first game of the match was the first the maroon and gold has won this season. They squeaked ahead 25-22 and took the first game.

It seems the second game was a bit more of a lull for the Bucs and that game went to the Eagles, 25-13.

The girls came back determined in the third game, hoping to tally another win. The game finished with just a three point separation, 25-22. Unfortunately, the Eagles claimed that win, bumping the match score up to 2-1.

The fourth game would decide the fate of the evening. If the Bucs won, the match would be tied and they would have to play a fifth to decide a winner. However, if the Eagles won the fourth game they would be the champions, which is just what happened.

The Eagles claimed the fourth game win, but just barely. The score bounced back and forth forcing the Eagles to acquire a two-point lead. The game eventually ended in their favor, 28-26.

After having three players out on injury during the first few games of the season, two of those three were back in action during the Bucs vs. Eagles match.

Lindsey Norman, who returned to the court when the Bucs took on St. Peter, was back again. She had five kills for the Bucs against New Ulm.

Devyn Braunshausen, who had previously been healing an injury also, was back on the court for the first time since she got hurt.

Braunshausen led the Bucs in kills with seven and was a leader behind the service line, as well. She was 17 for 19 serving accounting for nine points and two ace points.

Mariah Twedt was the other Buc player out on injury.

Alissa Norman continues to find action on the court this season. She led the team in set assists with 17, and also had two ace blocks.

Lindsey Jacobs was 15 for 16 behind the service line scoring nine points. She also had 16 digs.

Senior Kylie Ahl had 11 digs and two ace blocks. Sam Ripley had four kills and Sofie Blair went 9 for 10 serving, scoring six points and one ace point.

Sam Barslou led the team in digs with 17.