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Volleyball team still after first win

By Staff | Sep 8, 2019

Blue Earth Area faced New Ulm in volleyball on Tuesday, Sept. 3. It was the first home match for the Buccaneers of the season. Brita Hougen, above, tries to hit the ball between two Eagle players.

The Blue Earth Area volleyball team traveled to Waseca looking for their first win of the season. Although the Bucs made it close, it was the Bluejays claiming the victory in three games.

After dropping the first game 25-15, the Maroon and Gold battled hard in game two before falling 25-23. Waseca then closed out the match with a 25-18 win in the final game.

Waseca improved their record to 4-1 while BEA fell to 0-4 overall, 0-3 in the Big South Conference.

BEA had a good night at the service line. Brita Hougen, Mari Vargas, Emma Langager and Miya Gustafson combined to go 37-for-38 from the service line while scoring 21 points.

Hougen had a good all-around game. She connected on all 14 of her serves which resulted in 10 points. She also tied for the team lead with Eloise Blair in digs with 10 and had three kills.

Gabby Haaland, above, stays focused while preparing to strike the ball. Haaland topped all Buc players with six kills. Hougen and Heidi Herrmann each had three kills for the Maroon and Gold. New Ulm won the match 3-0.

Gabby Haaland led the way with five kills and also recorded an ace block. Maci Frommie had four kills and one ace block. Heidi Herrmann recorded two ace blocks.

Liz Beeler led the team with 14 set assists.

The Bucs competed in a tournament on Luverne on Saturday, Sept.7. They will return home to face Martin County West on Monday, Sept. 9, and Fairmont on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Results of those matches will be in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.

New Ulm 3, BEA 0

After opening their season on the road for their first two contests, the Blue Earth Area volleyball team finally was able to play on their home court when they played host to the New Ulm Eagles on Tuesday night, Sept. 3.

Unfortunately for the Bucs it was the Eagles who came out on top by winning all three games. New Ulm won 25-13, 25-22 and 25-11.

The Bucs were trailing 3-2 in the first game when the Eagles utilized their strong front line to score a couple of ace blocks on their way to a 6-0 run which put New Ulm in front 9-2. BEA could not recover from the early deficit and the Eagles pocketed a 25-13 win.

New Ulm took an early 8-3 lead in the second game. This time the Bucs mounted a spirited comeback to forge a 9-9 tie.

It was actually a net serve by the Eagles which got BEA rolling. Brita Hougen of the Bucs followed with a service point to cut New Ulm’s lead to 8-5.

A net violation on the Bucs put the Eagles on top 9-5. The Bucs gained a sideout to make it 9-6. Eloise Blair stepped to the service line and three points later BEA had tied the game at 9-9.

The Eagles then scored three consecutive points to go up 12-9, but once again the Bucs fought back.

After getting the ball back on a sideout, Gabby Haaland had one of her two ace blocks for the evening to pull the Bucs within one at 12-11. BEA scored the next point to pull into a 12-12 tie.

The score was 14-13 in favor of the Eagles when the longest volley, and probably the most exciting point of the night, took place. Both teams exhibited tremendous effort to keep the ball in play as the ball went back and forth over the net many times. It was Heidi Herrmann who finally found an open spot on the floor to give the point to the Bucs and tie the game at 14-14.

A kill by Hougen gave the Bucs their first lead of the game at 15-14. BEA would score the next two points to take a 17-14 lead.

It was New Ulm’s turn to fight back and they rallied to tie the game at 17-17. The game remained close and the two teams were tied18-18, 19-19 and 20-20 before a net violation on the Bucs gave the Eagles the lead for good at 21-20.

The Bucs did not go down without a fight. Kills by Haaland and Herrmann brought BEA to within two points of the Eagles at 24-22. However, New Ulm slammed the door on the comeback with a kill by senior outside hitter Nora Windschill, to end the game.

BEA dug a deep hole for themselves in the third game. New Ulm opened up a 13-2 lead and the Bucs could not recover.

The Maroon and Gold finally put together a 5-0 run but the Eagles’ lead was too large. New Ulm prevailed in the final game 25-11.

Liz Beeler had 13 set assists and was 11 of 12 serving with two aces and six points. Haaland finished with six kills, eight digs and two ace blocks. She hit seven of her eight serves and was credited with four points.

Hougen and Herrmann each had three kills and one ace block. Hougen was 6-for-7 serving for three points. Eloise Blair led the team on defense with 15 digs.