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Buccaneers fall to Mavericks 3-0

Will host Waseca on Oct. 4, in a Big South Conference match

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Oct 3, 2021

BEA’s Maci Frommie (10) goes for a kill shots in the Bucs’ contest against Albert Lea at the USC Invite held in Wells on Saturday, Sept. 25.

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers volleyball team was on the road again on Thursday, Sept. 30, when they traveled west to take on the Martin County West Mavericks.

All three games were competitive, but in the end it was the Mavericks who prevailed in three games. Their winning scores were 25-23, 25-17 and 25-19.

Alicia Machacek led the team in kills with 11. Hailey Becker and Brita Hougen each had five and Emma Langager added four.

Haley Kalis was the team leader in kills with 13. Liz Beeler was next with nine.

Taylor Klabunde had 11 digs, Beeler was next with nine, Langager and Kate Armon each had six and Hougen finished with four.

Becker was the leading server with eight points on 12-for-15 serving. She had two aces. Beeler was 9-for-12 at the service line and finished with six points.

The Bucs will host the Waseca Bluejays on Monday, Oct. 4, in a Big South Conference match.

New Ulm 3, BEA 0

It was a tough night for the Blue Earth Area volleyball team when they traveled to New Ulm on Sept. 28, to take on the Eagles in a Big South Conference clash.

New Ulm won the contest three games to zero, winning by scores of 25-18, 25-11 and 25-7.

Hailey Becker led the team in kills with six. Taylor Klabunde had three.

Liz Beeler had 10 set assists.

Kate Armon contributed nine digs.

Emma Langager was 9-for-9 from the service line with two service aces and was credited with five points. Eloise Blair made all five of her serves. She had one ace and two points. Taylor Klabunde had one point on 5-for-6 serving.

BEA’s record in the BSC is now 1-6.

USC Invitational

The Blue Earth Area volleyball squad traveled to Wells on Saturday, Sept. 25, to take part in the United South Central Invitational Tournament. It was an opportunity for many reserves to see some action.

The Bucs were able to get in four matches and went 0-4 for the day.

Albert Lea 2, BEA 1

The Bucs started the day off on a good note when they downed the Tigers of Albert Lea 26-24 in the opening game of the day.

BEA had Albert Lea on the ropes in the second game but lost in overtime 26-24. The third and deciding game went to the Tigers by a score of 15-8.

Liz Beeler and Haley Kalis shared setting duties and each player was credited with eight set assists.

Eloise Blair led the team in kills with five, Taylor Klabunde and Hailey Becker each had four and Alicia Machacek had two.

Machacek and Maci Frommie each had two ace blocks.

Blair had 15 digs and Kate Armon added nine.

Becker was the leading server with seven points on 11-for-12 serving. She had one ace.

Kalis was 10-for-11 from the service line and was credited with six points.


The Bucs kept the first game close but could not pull it out in the end and lost twice to the Panthers of New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva. The Panthers won the first game 25-19 and the second game 25-16.

Eloise Blair and Maci Frommie each had four kills in the game. Brita Hougen had three and Hailey Becker added two.

Frommie also had three ace blocks with Becker having two.

Liz Beeler recorded seven set assists and Haley Kalis had six.

Blair led the team with 14 digs. Kate Armon had seven.

Beeler led the team in serving with six points on nine-for-10 serving.

USC 2, BEA 0

USC won the first game over the Bucs 25-17. BEA made it closer in the second game but the Rebels held on for a 25-22 victory.

Liz Beeler led the team in set assists with six. Haley Kalis was credited with four.

Beeler and Alicia Machacek each had three digs.

Brita Hougen led the team in kills with five, Machacek had three and Maci Frommie had two.

Hougen, Machacek, Frommie and Brandi Uecker each had one ace block.

Machacek was the leading server with nine points. She was 10-for-12 from the service line with four aces. Beeler was 7-for-9 serving with an ace and five points.

Blooming Prairie 2,


The Bucs closed out their day with a match against Blooming Prairie.

Unfortunately for BEA, Blooming Prairie triumphed in both games, winning 25-16 and 25-14.

Machacek led the team with five kills. Hailey Becker added three.

Haley Kalis was credited with four set assists and Liz Beeler had three.

Kate Armon had six digs, Brita Hougen had four and Taylor Klabunde had three.

Becker was credited with four service points on 5-for-8 serving. She had one ace.

Kalis hit all seven of her serves and had three points. Hougen was 5-for-5 serving and was also credited with three points.