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Volleyball action is back

Bucs lose on the road to Bluejays in five-game thriller

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Sep 12, 2021

Hailey Becker (11) goes high to attempt a kill against the New Ulm Eagles in volleyball action in Blue Earth on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

It came down to a fifth and deciding game when the Blue Earth Area volleyball team traveled to Waseca on Thursday, Sept. 9.

With the match tied at two games apiece, it was the host Bluejays who were triumphant with a 15-10 win in game five to win the contest.

“The girls gave a good effort,” BEA coach Donna Nawrocki said. “We were so close.”

Waseca won the first game 25-21 before BEA evened the contest with a 25-17 win in the second game. The Bucs won the third game 25-22 but the Bluejays rebounded to win game four 25-23 to force the final game.

Eloise Blair led BEA at the net with 18 kills. Brita Hougen added six kills, Alicia Machacek and Taylor Klabunde had five kills and Hailey Becker had four.

Liz Beeler had 20 set assists and Haley Kalis had 15.

Blair and Kate Armon led the BEA’s defense with 24 digs apiece. Beeler had 11 digs and Klabunde had 10.

Beeler was 20 of 21 at the service line for 14 points. Blair also had 14 points on 19 of 21 serving. Klabunde had three service aces and 10 points while making 17 of her 19 serves. Kalis was 13 of 14 serving for six points.

The Bucs were in action on Saturday, Sept. 11, at the St. Peter Invitational.

New Ulm 3, BEA 0

It was an exciting scene at the Blue Earth Area gymnasium when the New Ulm Eagles came to town to take on the host Buccaneers.

New Ulm ended up prevailing in the contest, winning 25-19, 25-21, 25-22.

“We had some leads but we just could not finish,” BEA head volleyball coach Donna Nawrocki said. “There was some intense defense out on the court tonight.”

The Bucs, playing before a no COVID-19 restrictions crowd, fed off of their fans’ enthusiasm during the evening. The players gave a phenomenal effort despite falling short on the scoreboard.

Eloise Blair led the Bucs at the net with 10 kills followed by Hailey Becker with seven and Taylor Klabunde with three. Becker also contributed four ace blocks.

Blair also led the team on defense with 18 digs while Klabunde and Kate Armon each had 10.

Haley Kalis led the team in set assists with 11, Liz Beeler had nine and Brita Hougen had two.

Two players, Kalis and Klabunde, were perfect from the service line. Kalis was successful on all nine of her serves and Klabunde made all 13 of her serves. Hailey Becker was 10-for-12 from the service line and Kate Armon was 8-for-11.

Becker and Armon were each credited with seven service points, Klabunde had six and Kalis had three.