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Bucs lose to St. James and St. Peter

Team battles but comes up short in Big South Conference clashes

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Sep 26, 2021

Liz Beeler sets the ball for one of her teammates during the Bucs’ contest with St. Peter.

Blue Earth Area fell to St. Peter 3-0 in volleyball action in Blue Earth, Thursday, Sep. 23. The Saints won 25-19, 25-17 and 25 15.

The Saints jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the first game and the Bucs could not overcome the deficit. BEA did get as close as four points when they cut St. Peter’s lead to 22-18 but the visitors held on for the victory.

In the second game, the teams had battled to a 5-5 tie before the Saints went on an eight-point run to take a 13-5 lead.

BEA closed the gap to 13-9 but St. Peter responded with another run to take an 18-10 lead. The Saints ended up winning 25-17.

The third game was similar to the second game with the score being close in the early part of the game before the Saints pulled away for a 10-point win.

Eloise Blair and Taylor Klabunde were the leaders at the net with eight kills each. Hailey Becker and Maci Frommie each had one ace block.

Liz Beeler and Haley Kalis each had 11 set assists for the evening.

Blair led the team in digs with 15. Kate Armon added seven while Beeler and Klabunde had six each.

Blair was 10-for-10 at the service line and was credited with five points. Kalis was successful on nine of her 10 serves. She also had one ace and four points. Hailey Becker was 8-for-9 serving with one ace and three points.

The Bucs returned to action on Saturday, Sept. 25, when they traveled to Wells to compete in the USC Invite.

The Bucs resume Big South Conference play when they travel to New Ulm on Tuesday, Sept. 28, to take on the Eagles. On Thursday, Sept. 30, they are on the road to play the Martin County West Mavericks.

The next home game for BEA is Oct. 4, when they host the Waseca Bluejays in a Big South Conference contest.

St. James 3, BEA 1

The Blue Earth Area girls volleyball team lost the first two games of their match against St. James but fought back valiantly to take the third game. However, the Saints closed out the match with a win in the fourth game to gain the victory, three games to one.

The contest, played in St. James on Sept. 21, saw the home team win the first game by the score of 25-21.

St. James won the second game 25-23 before the Bucs came out on top in the third game 25-21.

BEA was hoping to force a fifth game but the Saints prevailed in the fourth game by winning 25-21.

Haley Kalis led BEA in set assists with 16 with Rylan Storbeck adding 13.

Alicia Machacek led the attack at the net with 15 kills followed by Eloise Blair with 10. Taylor Klabunde added five kills and Hailey Becker had four. Machacek also led the team in ace blocks with four. Blair had three and Becker had two.

Three players reached double figures in digs. Blair led the team with 25, Kate Armon had 20 and Klabunde had 10.

Kalis was credited with 17 service points on 23-for-25 serving. She had two aces. Becker was successful on 17 of her 19 serves for 11 points.