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Bucs fall to Cardinals and Bluejays

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Oct 10, 2021

Haley Kalis led the team in set assists against Waseca with 19, but BEA lost 3-2 to the Bluejays.

Earlier in the season the Blue Earth Area volleyball team defeated their I-90 rival, the Fairmont Cardinals, in their home gym at Blue Earth.

On Thursday, Oct. 7, the teams met again, this time in Fairmont.

Once again it was the home team who was the victor as the Cardinals won 3-0. Their winning scores were 27-25, 25-15, 25-22.

The first game featured 11 ties. The biggest lead by either team was three points. The Bucs looked to be in control when they went up 23-20.

However, the Cards reeled off four consecutive points to take a 24-23 lead. BEA fought off two game points before the Cards pulled out a 27-25 win.

The Bucs held an 11-5 lead in the second game before the Cards went on a 20-4 scoring run to win 25-15.

The third game was once again a close contest. Fairmont held a 23-22 lead and scored the next two points for the 25-22 triumph.

Hailey Becker served up nine points on 14-for-16 serving. Brita Hougen was 13-for-14 at the service line for eight points.

Haley Kalis was credited with six points on 11-for-12 serving and Liz Beeler made nine of her 10 serves for five points.

Alicia Machacek led the team with seven kills. Becker and Hougen each had four.

Kalis finished the night with eight set assists while Beeler had seven.

On defense, it was Kate Armon coming up with 23 digs for the Bucs. Taylor Klabunde had 11 and Hougen finished with eight.

Machacek recorded three ace blocks during the contest. Hougen, Becker and Emma Langagaer each had one.

The Bucs are at home on Tuesday, Oct. 12, when they host the St. James Saints in a Big South Conference match.

Waseca 3, BEA 2

The Blue Earth Area volleyball team had more than one challenge when they hosted the Waseca Bluejays on Monday night, Oct. 4.

Their first task – defeat the Bluejays. Second, accomplish the first task without the services of captain and team leader, Eloise Blair.

Blair, who is sidelined with a shoulder injury, is most likely done for the volleyball season.

Her teammates, who now have a couple of matches under their belt without their leader in kills and digs, started to gel against the Jays.

In the end, Waseca would go home with a 3-2 victory, but not before BEA would take them to the wire in a five-game match, with two of the matches going into overtime.

“The effort was there,” head coach Donna Nawrocki said. “I was happy with how they played tonight.”

Waseca won the first two games, 25-23, 25-22.

Faced with elimination, the Bucs won the third game by the biggest margin of the evening, 25-19.

BEA was in control of the fourth game and seemed to be on their way to another victory when Waseca mounted a comeback. The Jays tied the game at 24-24 but the Bucs scored the next two points to secure a 26-24 overtime victory and force a game five.

The fifth game proved to be a nail-biter with neither team able to pull away from their opponent.

BEA held a 12-11 lead only to see Waseca score three straight points to go ahead 14-12.

The Bucs fought off two match points to tie the game at 14-14. The Bluejays took a 15-14 lead but BEA tied the game again. Then Waseca went up 16-15 and once again the Bucs battled back to knot the game at 16 all.

However, Waseca was finally able to score two consecutive points to claim the 18-16 victory.

Hailey Becker enjoyed a productive night at the service line. She tallied 17 points and two aces on 25-of-28 serving.

Alicia Machacek was 20-for-21 serving with six aces and 13 points. Taylor Klabunde added 11 points on 20-for-23 serving.

Machacek and Maci Frommie led the team in kills with 10 each. Klabunde and Brita Hougen each had six, Emma Langager had five and Becker had three.

Becker also had two ace blocks. Hougen, Klabunde, Machacek and Frommie each recorded one.

Haley Kalis led the team in set assists with 19 while Liz Beeler had 15.

On defense, it was Beeler, Klabunde and Kate Armon leading the way with 12 digs each. Hougen also reached double figures with 10 digs.