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Bucs volleyball wins home invite tourney

By Staff | Oct 15, 2017

Hannah Johnson gets sky high to make a play at the Buccaneer Invitational.

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers’ volleyball team took first place at their own Buc Invite Tournament held on Saturday, Oct. 7

BEA swept through the tourney with six wins and no losses, and only losing one game in their six matches.

That loss, where BEA fell 25-20 to Minnesota Valley Lutheran (MVL) in the second game of the final match of the day, still resulted in a win for the Bucs as they had downed MVL 25-14 in the first game.

Since BEA had scored more total points in both games, the match victory was awarded to them.

The Bucs started the day off with a 25-15, 25-13, win over United South Central.

BEA’s Lindsey Norman had five kills in the match, while Sofie Blair was a perfect 13 of 13 from the service line, with two ace serves and 10 service points, as well as having five digs.

Maddi Oelke had three kills and six digs, while Alissa Norman had 12 set assists and was 8 of 9 serving with two aces and five service points.

Maddie Armon was 9 of 10 at the line, three aces and six points. Samantha Naumann added six digs with 7 of 7 serving and four service points.

Next up, the Bucs downed the Maple River Eagles 25-17, 25-22.

Blair had five kills and an ace block. Lindsey Norman also had five kills and five digs, an ace block and was 6 of 7 serving with three ace serves and five service points.

Oelke added four kills and five digs and two ace blocks, as well as being a perfect 10 of 10 serving, two ace serves and eight service points.

Hannah Johnson added three kills and Alyssa Ripley had an ace block to go with her 7 of 7 serving and five service points.

BEA took on Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial next and won 25-18, 25-16.

Blair had a big game with four kills, 10 digs and 10 of 11 serving and eight service points.

Oelke and Lindsey Norman each had five kills to lead the team, with Norman adding four digs and two ace blocks and Oelke having six digs and going 6 of 6 serving with an ace serve and four points.

Alyssa Norman had 16 set assists and 7 of 8 serving with four points. Johnson added three kills and three digs, Hailey Meyers four digs and Naumann was 6 of 7 serving and four points.

The Bucs cruised by Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain in Round 4, by scores of 25-19, 25-16.

Lindsey Norman had six kills and four digs, while Blair added three kills and six digs to go with 10 of 11 serving, an ace and seven points.

Alissa Norman had 13 set assists while Johnson added two kills and Alyssa Ripley was 5 of 6 serving with two aces and four points.

Lauren Schoenfelder, Meyers and Naumann all had five digs, while Meyers also was a perfect 8 of 8 serving with seven service points.

New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva was the next opponent for BEA, and the Bucs took down the Panthers 25-18, 25-22.

It was NRHEG’s only loss of the day and they took second place in the tourney with a 5-1 record.

Lindsey Norman dominated the net with 11 kills to go with her four digs and two ace blocks. Alissa Norman had 20 set assists and was 12 of 13 at the serving line with nine service points.

Oelke had four kills, three ace blocks and was a perfect 7 of 7 from the line with three points.

Johnson added three kills, Blair eight digs and Naumann four digs and 7 of 8 serving with four points.

BEA’s sixth and final match of the long day was the 1-1 split with MVL.

The Bucs took game one 25-14 and lost the second one 25-20.

Alissa Norman had 14 assists, eight digs, three ace blocks and 13 of 14 serving with an ace serve and 10 service points, while Lindsey Norman had six kills and six ace blocks.

Blair had three kills, eight digs and 8 of 9 serving with five points.

Oelke had five digs, Johnson four kills and Naumann a perfect 8 of 8 serving with an ace and five points.