BLUE EARTH - The Blue Earth Area Bucs volleyball team finished 4-2 in the invite in Blue Earth on Saturday.
The Bucs rattled off wins over United South Central and Minnesota Valley Lutheran before splitting games with Southwest Star Concept in the third round of the six-team round robin tournament.
A win over Albert Lea in the fourth round for the Bucs put them against New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva, who handed the Bucs their second loss. Blue Earth Area took the win in their final match against Martin County West.
The Bucs cruised to a 25-17, 25-17 win over the Rebels in the first round. Krista Hassing led the team with nine kills, seven digs, four blocks and went 9 of 10 serving with five aces.
Janessa Jahnke recorded four kills, two blocks and went a perfect 12 of 12 from the service line with two ace serves. Ashton Hendricksen dispensed three kills and Monica Kreiger doled out 18 set assits in the win.
The Bucs beat Minnesota Valley Lutheran 25-17, 25-23.
Hassing tallied 13 kills, nine digs, three blocks and went a perfect 11 of 11 serving, including two ace serves.
Jahnke scored nine kills and four blocks, while teammate Megan Wirtjes had four digs and went 7-for-7 from the service line.
Kreiger distributed 18 set assists and made nine digs along with three ace serves for the Bucs.
Ciarra Olson went 7 of 7 serving with two ace serves for BEA.
The hosts then handed Southwest Star Concept their only game loss of the day in a 17-25, 25-22 third-round match.
Jahnke paced the Bucs with seven kills, seven digs, three blocks and went a perfect 7 of 7 serving with two ace serves.
Hassing tallied eight kills and one block in the match, while teammate Nicole Krinke made six digs and went 6-for-6 serving.
Kreiger doled out 16 set assists and went 9 of 10 serving with four ace serves.
Blue Earth Area rebounded in the fourth round to beat the Albert Lea Tigers 25-18, 25-17.
Hassing had 10 kills, seven digs and two blocks for the Bucs, while Jahnke tallied seven kills and six digs.
Krinke doled out 18 set assists and had one block for the Bucs.
Hendricksen made seven digs, while Ivie Leland made three for the Blue Earth Area defense.
Riley Mack and Audrey McDonald were both perfect from the service line, going 5-for-5 and 11-for-11, respectively.
The Panthers snuck by the Bucs 26-24, 26-24 in the fifth round.
Hassing had 11 kills, six digs and three blocks. Jahnke recorded five hills, eight digs, two blocks and went 9 of 9 serving with three aces.
Kreiger scattered 19 set assists, while Whitney Pirsig made one block.
In the final match of the day, the Bucs traded games with the Mavericks 22-25, 25-21, but earned the win based on points allowed.
Hendricksen made eight kills and seven digs to lead the Bucs, while Hassing had six kills and two blocks.
Kreiger distributed eight set assits, while Krinke doled out nine set assists.
Mack made four digs and went a perfect 5-for-5 from the service line, including one ace serve.
Olson added three digs for Blue Earth Area and one ace serve, in a 5-for-6 serving effort.
Blue Earth Area (15-5) travels to Jackson for a 7:30 p.m. match today with Jackson County Central.
The Martin County West Mavericks went 3-3 on Saturday at the Blue Earth Area Invitational.
MCW downed the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendal-Geneva Panthers 25-17, 25-15 in the opening round before taking a 25-18, 25-12 victory over the United South Central Rebels.
The Mavericks swept the Tigers 25-14, 25-13 for their third win in the tournament.
Martin County West lost the tiebreaker to take the 25-22, 21-25 loss to the Bucs.
Minnesota Valley Lutheran and Southwest Star Concept gave the Mavericks the other losses, winning 25-20, 26-24 and 25-13, 25-18.
Kate Thiesse recorded a team best 27 kills in the tournament, along with ten blocks five digs and nine ace serves.
Hailey Leiding tallied 25 kills, 12 blocks and one ace for MCW, while teammate Taryn Tumbleson made 14 digs, seven blocks, 24 kills and four ace serves.
Libbie Lange had 22 kills and 22 blocks for the Mavericks.
Jordan Gregory amassed 12 kills, six blocks and 10 digs on Saturday.
Morgan Williamson doled out a team-best 58 set assists along with one block and 13 digs and five ace serves.
Kennedy Janssen distributed 39 set assists, made two digs and served up three aces.
Molly Klima made 60 digs in the tournament, adding four ace serves.
Autumn Smith added to the defense with 26 digs and recorded five ace serves.
Bailey Tish scored one kill for the Mavericks.
Martin County West (15-9) hosts Windom at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Trimont.