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Volleyball team takes down Maple River

By Staff | Oct 29, 2017

Maddi Oelke goes down low for a dig against the Maple River Eagles Thursday night.

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer volleyball team opened up Section 2AA Tournament action in fine fashion last Thursday night. The No. 3 seed in the south sub-section Bucs swept the No. 6 seeded Maple River Eagles 3-0 on the Bucs’ home court.

Now BEA will advance to the next round, a match against No. 2 seed St. Peter on Tuesday night which will be played at Mankato East High School.

While the Bucs blanked the Eagles last Thursday, it was not as easy as it sounds. Two of the games were close and only one was not.

The Bucs took game one 25-22, then roughed up the Eagles 25-12 in game two, before ending the match with a close 25-23 score in the third set.

Several of the Buccaneers stepped up their game and had big nights.

Lindsey Norman had 12 kills to go along with eight digs and two ace blocks. She was also 14 of 17 from the serving line, with two ace serves and 11 service points.

Sofie Blair had seven kills and seven digs, one ace block and was 12 of 13 from the line with eight service points.

Maddi Oelke and Hannah Johnson each added six kills, while Oelke also led the team in digs with nine as well as three ace blocks. Alyssa Ripley also had three ace blocks.

Alissa Norman had 29 set assists in addition to six digs. She was also a perfect 12 of 12 serving with eight service points.

Samantha Naumann also had a perfect night at the line, serving 11 of 11 with six points, as well has having digs.

The next match against St. Peter on Tuesday is set for 7:15 p.m. If the Bucs win their next match would be on Nov. 2 at New Prague High School at 6 p.m.