Bucs stay undefeated in win over Fairmont
The Fairmont crowd was loud at Blue Earth Area High School Thursday night, but the Buccaneers’ performance was louder, as the varsity volleyball team claimed its third consecutive victory of the year in a sweep of the Cardinals.
BEA began the evening on the right foot with a 5-0 start in the first game, and despite some pushback from the rival Cards as the night wore on, even neck-and-neck battles swung the Buccaneers’ way, giving the home team a clean slate of 25-19, 27-25 and 25-22 victories.
“This is what the girls wanted,” head coach Donna Nawrocki said. “Every game so far, from eighth grade to varsity, they’ve been winning, so these guys wanted to finish it off, and they did.”
Now 3-0 on the year with a Big South Conference win under their belt, the Bucs cruised early in their first bout with the Cardinals, at one point leading their opponent 13-6. And while a Fairmont rally latter narrowed the deficit to 19-18, the dink-and-dunk over-the-net success of Lindsey Norman and Co. catapulted BEA to its first “W” of the match.
“They were tight early on,” Nawrocki said, “but they just read the courts.”
And they read it well, as the rest of Thursday evening showed.
Fairmont capitalized on some mishandled serves to keep the second game close, kicking off a back-and-forth clash that prevented either side from distancing itself by more than a few points until late in the contest. And even after breaking free to build a 19-13 lead over the Buccaneers, the Cardinals were again upended by BEA’s resilient defense.
Scoring six consecutive points to tie the game at 19, the Bucs traded barbs with Fairmont again and again, pushing the scoreboard to a 25-25 stalemate. Two straight points, including one induced by a call against Fairmont, clinched the Buccaneers’ second win of the night and set up the sweep.
The sides swapped courts, but the results stayed the same in the third act.
A back-and-forth ensued for much of the contest before BEA prevailed, 25-22, delivering the night’s final kill after an extended volley.
Norman, who had two ace blocks, headlined the Bucs’ attack with 11 kills on the evening, while Sofie Blair and Samantha Barslou were also credited with five apiece.
Lindsey’s sister, Alissa, led BEA with 22 set assists and also logged nine digs. Blair had nine as well, and scored 12 points to go along with two aces from the serving line.
Kaylor Jacobs notched five aces against Fairmont Thursday, scoring nine points as a server for the Bucs.
After an invitational at Luverne High School on Saturday, Sept. 10, the Buccaneers were next scheduled for a match with New Ulm on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Two days later, they are slated to take on Waseca in a road match also scheduled for 7:30 p.m.