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Bucs Split in First Day of Buc Blast

September 1, 2018

The Beloit College volleyball team split a pair of games during the opening day of the annual Buc Blast Tournament hosted in Flood Arena. The Buccaneers swept North Central University (MN) 3-0 in the opener but fell to Olivet 3-0 in the nightcap.

Beloit 3, North Central 0 (25-21,25-23, 25-17)

Beloit battled back from a 9-3 disadvantage in the first set. Buccaneer Head Coach Dawn Redd called a timeout to get the Bucs on track and the team responded with a 7-1 run to knot the game at 10-10. The teams traded small runs until the Bucs shut the door with the final four points of the set.

Game two was nearly the opposite as Beloit jumped out to an 11-2 lead. The Rams began to battle their way back into the game after a timeout and ended up tying the score at 18-18. This time Beloit notched three of the final four points for the victory.

The Bucs used a 10-3 mid-set run to put game three out of reach en route to the sweep.

The Bucs tallied double-digit kills while the holding the Rams to fewer than ten kills in each of the three sets in the first match. Eva Laun-Smith and Amanda Baran led Beloit’s offense combining for 25 kills in the contest. Emily Stapay and Paige Wimbrow split setter responsibilities dishing out 19 and 15 assists respectively. Defensively, libero Payton Carlock registered 12 digs followed by Wimbrow’s 11. At the net, Allison Faber posted three block assists while Laun-Smith added a solo and assist block.

Beloit 0, Olivet 3 (18-25, 20-25, 17-25)

The Bucs battled against a high-powered offense from Olivet showcasing their defense at the net with a 13-3 advantage in blocks for the match. The Comets hit .257 in the opening frame with 14 kills. Beloit didn’t fold though tallying 12 kills with just five errors in the first set.

Both offenses waivered, or one could argue the defenses took over, in the second set as each team tallied nine kills. The teams traded points nearly the entire set until the Comets put a small run together to create a five-point cushion, 20-15, that the Bucs were unable to overcome.

Olivet moved back into double figures with 13 kills in the third set compared to nine for Beloit.

Laun-Smith and Faber led the Buccaneer offense with seven kills apiece in the match. Wimbrow found her hitters for 14 assists and Shelby Strehlow donned the libero jersey to the tune of 21 digs.

The Buccaneer defense at the net was stellar registering 13.0 total blocks including Chrisly Melton’s one solo and seven block assists. Aryssa Harris, Sami Gonfiantini and Faber each added four block assists in the match.

The Bucs continue wrap up play in the Buc Blast Tournament with a match at 11 a.m. against Alma followed by a 1 p.m. meeting with Eureka College.

For more information visit the Buc Blast Tournament page.