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Bucs defeat Cards in I-90 rivalry

Team finally able to play volleyball after season opening delays

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Nov 1, 2020

Alicia Machacek sets the ball in BEA’s game against Fairmont.

Volleyball action on Thursday night, Oct. 29, saw the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers travel to Waseca to take on the Bluejays in a Big South Conference contest.

Each team was looking for their second win of the season and it Waseca who came away with the victory by a 3-0 margin. The scores of the games were 25-23, 25-17, and 25-21.

Waseca’s record improves to 2-3 while BEA has one win against two losses.

Unfortunately for the Bucs, the game was not their only loss. Alicia Machacek went down with an injury during the contest and did not return.

BEA was in every game but could not quite get over the hump to get the win.

Serving was a strong point for the Bucs with Brita Haugen going 13-for-13 from the service line while recording seven points. Miya Gustafson also was credited with seven points while connecting on all 11 of her serves and scoring two aces.

Eloise Blair got all 11 of her serves for six points and Hailey Becker scored six points with two aces while putting all of her seven serves in play.

Liz Beeler led the team with 22 set assists. She also had eight digs.

Blair had 11 kills to go along with 13 digs. Gustafson had 12 digs while Gabby Haaland and Maci Frommie each had two ace blocks.

Hougen and Becker finished with four kills each.

BEA resumes play with their first home match of the season on Monday, Nov. 2, against St. James Area.

BEA 3, Fairmont 2

It was a nail-biter but the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers got their first win of the season by going on the road to defeat the Fairmont Cardinals 25-21, 25-21, 20-25, 19-25, 15-11.

It was the second game of the season for both squads. BEA improves their record to 1-1 while Fairmont drops to 0-2.

After winning the first two games of the evening the Bucs were looking for a three-game sweep. However, the Cardinals bounced back to win the next two games to force the fifth and deciding game.

It was not looking good for BEA when Fairmont jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the fifth game.

After gaining one point from a side out, the Bucs’ Hailey Becker served up two consecutive points to narrow Fairmont’s lead to 7-6.

BEA eventually tied the game and then took a 10-8 lead. The score was 13-11 in favor of the Maroon and Gold when Liz Beeler came to the service line and the Bucs scored twice to take the game 15-11 and win the match.

Beeler ended the night with 35 set assists for BEA. Miya Gustafson led the team with 20 digs. Eloise Blair recorded 14 kills and 14 digs while Alicia Machacek had 10 kills and four blocks. Brita Haugen contributed nine kills and eight digs, Taylor Klabunde had 14 digs and Macie Frommie had six kills.

St. Peter 3, BEA 0

The Blue Earth Area girls volleyball team finally got to take the court to play an opponent on Saturday, Oct. 24. COVID-19, which had already caused a delay in the start of the volleyball season for all of the teams across the state, delayed the beginning of competition even longer for some schools which had to deal with local coronavirus issues.

So, while it was the first game for the Bucs, their opponent, the St. Peter Saints, had already played four games prior to hosting BEA in a Big South Conference match.

The Saints took advantage of their early season experience and defeated the Bucs in three straight games 25-13, 25-19 and 25-21.

Liz Beeler handed out 12 set assists and went nine-for-nine serving for four points.

Emma Langager was nine of 11 serving with two aces for six points. She had two service aces and two kills.

Taylor Klabunde scored five points on eight of 10 serving with one service ace. She had eight digs and two kills.

Eloise Blair and Alicia Machacek led the team in kills with five each. Blair also had 10 digs to lead the team while Machacek added two ace blocks.

Miya Gustafson chipped in with nine digs.

St. Peter improved to 4-1 for the season. BEA is 0-1.