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Bucs beat Cards in I-90 showdown

Drop first game, but bounce back to take the next three over rival

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Sep 19, 2021

Eloise Blair goes high for a kill during a recent volleyball match. Blair had 16 kills in the Bucs’ victory over Fairmont.

Blue Earth Area toppled the Fairmont Cardinals in volleyball last Tuesday night, Sept. 14, in Blue Earth. The Bucs lost the first game to their I-90 rival before reeling off three straight victories to win the contest 3-1.

Fairmont took the first game of the evening 25-22. The second game went into overtime with BEA coming out on top 29-27.

The Bucs won the third game by a 16-point margin with a 25-9 triumph and closed out the contest with a 25-16 win in the fourth game.

Eloise Blair once again had a strong game at the net with 16 kills. She also led the team in digs with 14 and was credited with eight points on 12-for-14 serving.

Also showing some good play at the net were Alicia Machacek and Maci Frommie, who each had seven kills and two ace blocks.

Liz Beeler led the Bucs with 21 set assists while Haley Kalis had 12.

Kate Armon contributed 12 digs, Kalis had nine, Beeler and Taylor Klabunde each had eight.

Klabunde had a good game at the service line with 15 points, including two service aces, on 24-for-25 serving.

Beeler was good on 20 of her 21 serves for 13 points. Kalis and Hailey Becker each had six service points on 13-for-15 serving.

The Bucs are back in action on Tuesday, Sept. 21, when they travel to St. James to take on the Saints in a Big South Conference contest.

Look for a story on that contest in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.

St. Peter Invitational

Blue Earth Area traveled to St. Peter on Sept. 11 to participate in the St. Peter Invitational Tournament.

“There were some good teams at the tournament,” BEA head coach Donna Nawrocki said. “We should have been able to be in the mix more but we struggled to get an offensive flow.”

HLWW 2, BEA 0

BEA began their day by facing the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Lakers who won three of their four matches during the day.

The Lakers took the first game from the Bucs by a score of 25-13 before winning the second game 25-9.

Eloise Blair had 13 digs and three kills in the contest. Maci Frommie added four kills. Taylor Klabunde had seven digs and Kate Armon had six.

Nicollet 2, BEA 0

The Bucs played better in their second match of the day but still came up short. Nicollet won the first game 25-21 and the second game 25-17.

Taylor Klabunde had eight service points for BEA while also contributing to the team’s defensive effort with eight digs.

Kate Armon led the team with nine digs and Eloise Blair added eight.

Hailey Becker had three kills, while Blair, Maci Frommie and Alicia Machacek each had two.

Liz Beeler recorded seven set assists against Nicollet.

NRHEG 2, BEA 0

The Bucs came close but could not pull out the win against the Panthers from New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva. NRHEG took the first game 25-18 and won the second game 25-21.

Liz Beeler had seven set assists and was credited with six points while going nine-for-nine from the service line.

Eloise Blair had 16 digs and Kate Armon had 10.

Blair also led the team with four kills. Taylor Klabunde, Alicia Machacek, Hailey Becker and Maci Frommie each had two.

Machacek also had three ace blocks.

Haley Kalis was successful on seven of her eight serves for five points.

NRHEG 2, BEA 0

The Panthers and the Bucs met a second time and the Panthers were once again victorious in two games. The scores were 25-22 and 25-14.

Liz Beeler had seven set assists for the Bucs. Haley Kalis had four.

Eloise Blair had five kills, Taylor Klabunde had three and Brita Haugen finished with two.

Blair led the team with 11 digs, Klabunde had eight, Armon had seven and Brandi Uecker recorded two.

Alicia Machacek was successful on six of her seven serves for five points including two service aces.

Hailey Becker had three service aces and three service points on six-for-seven serving.