FAIRMONT - The Blue Earth Area Bucs volleyball team battled to beat the Fairmont Cardinals in a South Central Conference match, 25-19, 25-17, 23-25, 25-16, on Tuesday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 5-0 lead on the serving of Emily Kim.
Blue Earth Area's Krista Hassing, however, put a stop to the Fairmont run with a block that scored to make it 5-1.
ATTACK?MODE — Fairmont’s Emily Kim (6) attacks from the outside hitting spot as teammate Kersten Shantz looks on during volleyball action Tuesday night in Fairmont. Photo by Leanna Becker
The Bucs later took their first lead when Fairmont sent a hit into the net to make it 10-9.
Emily Kim responded with a kill through the block of Blue Earth Area's Whitney Pirsig and Janessa Jahnke to even things up at 10-10.
Both teams traded leads, neither one succumbing to the other.
With a four-point lead Blue Earth Area's Megan Wirtjes stepped to the line and served for the final points of Game 1, with Jahnke hitting the game-winner down the middle on a Monica Krieger set assist for the 25-19 win.
"This match was expected to be a tough one for us. We wanted to serve well and play aggressively on defense and at the net," said Blue Earth Area head coach Donna Nawrocki. "Our whole team keeps growing and getting better each time out, so we just needed to do those things to win."
The Cardinals jumped out to a 3-0 lead in Game 2 on two Emily Kim kills and a Paige Bearson ace serve.
The Bucs again responded to knot things up with a set from Krieger that Pirsig sent to the floor to make it 5-5.
Jahnke sent a powerful swing cross-court to give the Bucs their biggest lead of the game at 23-16.
The Cardinals refused to go quietly as Elizabeth Kim and Emily Kim connected to narrow the Cardinals' deficit to 23-17.
Janke sealed the Game 2 25-17 victory for the Bucs with two of her 20 match kills.
Fairmont went up 22-18 and needed three points to secure the Game 3 win, but the Bucs rattled off back-to-back points to make it 22-20 on a Jahnke kill and a Hassing tip.
A BEA hitting error gave Emily Kim the serve at 23-20, but a Bearson spike sailed out to make it 23-21.
Hassing then ripped a ball down the line to make it 23-22, but Fairmont's Tori Edgington responded with a kill along the baseline to make it 24-22.
With Bearson serving for Fairmont, Hassing sent a tip over to give the Bucs a point to close within 24-23.
The Cardinals' Kayla Lardy sent a tip over on the next point on an Emily Kim assist, falling just inside the line to give Fairmont the 25-23 win.
"We knew it would be a tough match and we knew they had big hitters," said Fairmont head coach Brad Haugen. "All we talked about between games was wanting the ball more and not being hesitant. We struggled with that tonight."
Blue Earth Area jumped out to the early lead in Game 4, taking a 4-1 advantage.
Fairmont's Kristen Campe stopped the Bucs run with a kill on a set from Lardy to make it 4-2. Edgington made it a one-point game from the service line with her lone ace of the match to make it 4-3.
Blue Earth Area rallied for three points, including an ace serve from Hassing and block by Pirsig, to make it 7-3.
The Bucs took control of the match with the help of Fairmont errors, and increased their lead to 10 with a kill from Nicole Krinke to make it 20-10.
The Cardinals rallied behind Bearson, who sent two of her seven kills to the floor, along with Edgington and Campe - who helped make it 14-22.
Jahnke sealed the match victory for the Bucs with strong defense at the net, blocking a Cardinal kill for a point, and sending a tip to the floor for the final point of the match.
Jahnke made 14 digs along with her three blocks for the Bucs' defense, while Ashton Hendricksen added five kills for the offense. Hassing tallied 13 kills, made 15 digs and had six blocks in the match.
Krieger distributed 38 set assists in the win, Pirsig had four aces and made two blocks for BEA, while Audrey McDonald had eight digs and went a perfect 15-for-15 from the service line, including one ace.
Fairmont's Emily Kim doled out 18 set assists, had eight kills and two ace serves in the match.
Lardy dispensed 12 kills while Edgington tallied four.
Bearson recorded seven kills, one service ace and two blocks for the Cardinals.
Fairmont (5-5, 3-1 SCC) travels to St. Peter for a 7:30 p.m. match on Thursday night.
Blue Earth Area (9-2, 4-0) travels to Waseca on Thursday night for a 7:30 p.m. match.
Blue Earth Area downed Fairmont, 25-11, 25-22, 12-15, in junior varsity action on Tuesday in Fairmont.
Nicole Fedder dispensed three kills for the Cardinals, while Courtney Whitmore and Alison Subbert recorded two kills. Laura Tow, Sam Hendricksen and Mikayla Krzywicki each tallied one kill in the match.
Subbert distributed seven set assists and had five aces, along with three kills for Fairmont.
Alaris McCord had five digs, and Taylor Schultze had two digs, along with two ace serves in the match.
The Fairmont B-squad volleyball team beat Blue Earth Area, 25-20, 25-11, 15-6, on Tuesday in Fairmont.
Morgan Seifried doled out 14 set assists and went 13 of 14 from the service line, with one ace serve for the Cardinals.
Sydney Glienke tallied five kills and had two ace serces, while Courtney Mosloski had six kills for the Cardinals.
Tieryn Arens went a perfect 5-for-5 from the service line and had four kills for Fairmont.
Aly Eversman went 6-for-7 from the service line, including one ace, while Haley Harder had two kills in the win.
The Fairmont C-squad volleyball team defeated Blue Earth Area, 25-18, 28-26, 15-9, on Tuesday in Fairmont.
Alyssa Westcott distributed 11 set assists, while Kaitlin Korn went 9-for-10 from the service line for the Cardinals.
Bryce Bonin dispensed 10 kills and Payton Walser had five in the win.
Martin County West 3, Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain 0 - The Mavericks cruised to a 25-12, 25-11, 25-23 Valley Conference victory over the Knights on Tuesday night in Northrop.
Libbie Lange pounded out 10 kills, along with seven blocks to lead the Mavericks.
Kate Thiesse had nine kills, along with four blocks, while Taryn Tumbleson tallied eight kills.
Hailey Leiding added five kills to the MCW offense.
Molly Klima made 14 digs to lead the defense, while Jackie Schliesmann and Autumn Smith each had five digs in the match.
Jordan Gregory had five blocks at the net for the Mavericks.
Morgan Williamson doled out 19 set assists, while Kennedy Janssen distributed 13 in the win.
Amber Schulz had seven kills and 11 digs for the Knights, while Effie Bentz had 14 digs.
Hunter Payne scattered 18 set assists for the Knights.
Martin County West (9-4) travels to Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial for a 7:30 p.m. match on Thursday night. Martin Luther/Gran-ada-Huntley-East Chain (3-8) hosts Mankato Loyola at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night in Northrop.
Cleveland 3, Truman 0 - The Clippers downed the Bluejays, 25-18, 25-15, 25-21, on Tuesday night in Cleveland.
Emily Zaharia and Savannah Stevens each had six kills and six digs to lead the Bluejays, Zaharia also added two blocks in the match.
Alexis Jahnz recorded four kills, made 12 digs and scored one ace serve, while Hanna Hartman dispensed two kills and had one block.
Sarah Schwanz had four digs and Sam Hartwig distributed 11 set assists for the Bluejays.
Truman (1-8) travels to Madelia on Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. match.