Bucs volleyball lose to Fairmont in close game
Blue Earth Area opened their home volleyball season Thursday night with a tough loss to their I-90 rival Fairmont losing three close games 25-22, 25-21, 25-22.
The visiting Cardinals got out of the gate fast opening up a 13-2 lead early in the first game before the Buccaneers began to chip away closing the gap to four points trailing 17-13.
With Gabby Haaland serving the Bucs reeled off five straight points thanks in part to two ace blocks by Alyssa Ripley and an ace serve by Haaland to take an 18-17 lead.
The Cardinals rebounded to take a 21-17 lead but the maroon and gold battled back to knot the game at 21 all. An out of bounds serve by the Bucs gave the lead back to Fairmont but Ripley’s soft touch around the net and excellent placement tied the game at 22.
Unfortunately for Blue Earth Area the visitors closed out the game with three consecutive points for the 25-22 win.
The roles were reversed in the second game with the Buccaneers jumping out to an early 9-4 lead. Blue Earth Area maintained the lead and held a 20-14 advantage before Fairmont scored ten consecutive points to take control with a 24-20 lead. The Bucs finally stopped the Cards to close the gap to 24-21 but the visitors came away with the 25-21 win when the serve by the Bucs went into the net to end game two.
Game three was another close contest. The score was tied at 13 when Hannah Johnson’s play at the net resulted in two points for the Buccaneers. Johnson’s excellent placement of her spikes resulted in Fairmont unable to return the ball as the Bucs moved out to a 15-13 lead.
With Adrianna Granillo serving, Ripley had an ace block that gave the Bucs an 18-13 lead. The Cardinals were unable to handle Granillo’s next serve and Blue Earth Area increased their lead to 19-13.
Once again the Cardinals fought back to earn a tie at 20 points apiece. Fairmont then took the lead 23-20 before the Bucs earned a side out to close within two points trailing 23-21.
Kiera Osmundson stepped to the service line and delivered an ace serve to pull the Blue Earth Area within one point with the score 23-22. The Cardinals however closed out the game and the match with two consecutive points to make the final score 25-22.
Maddie Armon led the Bucs with 19 set assists. Johnson finished with 11 kills for the home team followed by Ripley with six. Granillo was 16 for 16 serving with two aces and 11 points. Armon was 10 of 13 serving for seven points while Haaland finished eight of nine serving with two aces and six points.
Osmundson led the team with seven digs followed by Johnson and Granillo with six digs each.
The Buccaneers were to play in a tournament on Saturday, Sept. 8, and stay on the road with games at New Ulm and Waseca next Tuesday and Thursday respectively. Results of theses matches will be in next week’s Faribault County Register.