The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers volleyball team claimed the South Central Conference title.
The Bucs won their final conference game of the season on Tuesday night making them the SCC?champions. Now, BEA?will begin section play on Thursday Oct. 25 against New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva in Blue Earth at 7 p.m. The Buccaneers received the number 4 seed and the NRHEG?Panthers were seeded number 5.
BEA?won the title-deciding event against Waseca in a three-game match, 25-11, 25-21 and 25-18.
The Bucs started out with possession of the ball and Monica Krieger with the first serve.
Krista Hassing put the Bucs on the board with a kill. They continued to score and sneak ahead 5-1.
BEA?kept a pretty generous lead through most of the first game.
After an impressive hit by Janessa Jahnke, putting the Bucs even further ahead, 18-6, the Bluejays called a timeout.
Coming back from the timeout the two teams had a long volley. It was another hit by Jahnke that put an end to it.
But, the momentum seemed to shift momentarily to Waseca as they kept possession of the ball, scoring two more points.
Krieger tipped the ball over the net to regain possession and shift the momentum of the game back in favor of the Bucs, who won 25-11.
BEA fell behind at the beginning of the second game with Waseca starting off the scoring.
However, it didn't take long for the Bucs to even the score and take the lead.
The score was at 9-6, in the Bucs favor, when the Bluejays called a timeout.
It was a serve by Ashton Hendricksen that fell just short of the net putting the score at 17-11.
A hit by Hendricksen brought the score to 22-16 and put the Bucs in position for the win.
Waseca tried to catch up, getting to 23-20, and causing the Bucs to call a timeout to regain focus.
The Bluejays had the serve and the Bucs needed just two points to win the second game.
Waseca over-served, landing the ball out of bounds and giving BEA another point.
Whitney Pirsig stepped up to the service line for the Bucs?for game point. However her serve landed out of bounds and gave the point to the Bluejays.
The Bucs took the winning point, 25-21, when a Waseca player stepped across the service line.
Krieger started off serving for the Bucs in the third game. The Bluejays were unable to return the volley off the first two serves, putting the Bucs ahead 2-0.
The teams kept the scoring close. BEA?would gain the lead and Waseca would sneak back up.
The score was at 9-8 when a kill by Jahnke gave BEA possession of the ball. Then the teams volleyed back and forth for some time until Waseca attempted to put and end to it with a powerful hit. The hit was blocked at the net by Hassing, tying the game up 10-10.
The tie was short-lived when a serve by the Buccaneers fell short and the Bluejays pulled ahead once more.
The teams rallied for points and eventually the scores met up again at 14-14 after Krieger served an ace for the hometeam.
Waseca called a timeout with a score of 20-16, BEA in the lead.
The Bucs came back from the time out and continued their scoring streak when a kill by Buccaneers won the game, 25-18.
Krieger had 27 set assists in Tuesday night's game as well as five digs.
Hassing led the team in kills with 10. She also had eight digs and five ace blocks.
Jahnke also had 10 kills with five digs and two ace blocks.
Hendricksen had six kills, six digs and two ace blocks.
Audrey McDonald had a strong night at the service line going 17 of 18. She accounted for 14 points and scored three aces.
Pirsig went 12 for 13 at the service line, scoring nine points and three aces.
BEA's win against Waseca boosted their overall record to 18-6 and their SCC record to 9-1.
The Bucs volleyball team traveled to Rochester on Friday to play in the Rochester Tourney.