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Volleyball and Football Take on Grinnell

The volleyball team took on Maranatha Baptist University last Tuesday night where they lost 3-2. Game one was not so hot, the Bucs lost 25-13. A contributing factor to the low points scored seemed to be no communication. A lot of balls seemed to have dropped because two players were going for it, see the other then back off. Causing the ball to drop. In addition to that, MBU put the ball where the Bucs weren’t. 

Sets two and three belonged to the Bucs. Though both sets were back and forth. In the latter part of the second set, with the score 17-13 MBU, Abbie Schmidt’24 came to serve and propelled the Bucs to a 10-0 run. The Bucs would win the second set 25-18. 

Beloit would go on to win set three by a score of 25-21, in a very contested set. Another back and forth battle between the two teams. Beloit taking a 2-1 lead putting MBU on the ropes. Yet, MBU rallied. They won set four by a score of 25-21. Coming off of the exciting win MBU kept their momentum, winning the final set 15-8. 

Last Friday the Bucs faced the Grinnell Pioneers in a Midwest Conference matchup. Grinnell would win in four sets. The Bucs started a little slow, getting down early in the set but battling back to make the final score 21-25. With the momentum and energy carrying over to set two, that is when the Bucs would make their move.

They won set two 25-22 to tie the match 1-1. The set was competitive all the way through. The Bucs built up a six point lead at one point. But Grinnell fought back to make it 22-23. But Beloit would score the final two points to finish them off.

However, Grinnell is on top of the rankings for a reason. In the final two sets, they started to click. Winning the sets 25-17 and 25-16. Putting a stop to any Beloit momentum. In the last two, Beloit did some positive things. One thing seemed to be communication. While the ball was up in the air, or those 50/50 balls, you could see the players calling it. Or saying who they are going to set it too, or where to serve it.

Especially when a player dives for a ball or they would get out of position. They would hustle back to get back on the same page. As it stands, the Bucs are 4-8 overall, 0-3 in conference. They play Tuesday on the road in a non conference matchup. But back to MWC competition on Friday at Lake Forest and Saturday at Lawrence University.

Beloit football also took on the Grinnell Pioneers on the gridiron Saturday afternoon. Both teams were coming off a bye week, being able to recharge their batteries and get back at it. With the bye week, you either come out with a bit of a hangover ready to go. The Bucs came out a little slow.

They received the opening kick off and quickly went three and out. Punting it to Grinnell, they marched down the field. All run plays, with the exception of one screen pass. The Bucs defense did not have an answer for the Grinnell run game through the first quarter. Grinnell would build a 24-7 lead at halftime.

Those seven points coming on a fourth and one from the 41 yard line. Beloit’s offense lined up and motioned Nano Reyes’23 to the left. At the snap AJ Fitzpatrick’24 darted up the seam and Jacob Shafer’24 hit him in stride, wide open and Fitzaptrick sprinted to the end zone. 

In the second half the Bucs defense did tighten up a bit, not allowing chuck yardage plays. They were making Grinnell drive. As well as continuing to gang tackle and fly toward the ball carrier to the very end. You love to see that fight. 

Shafer and Fitzpatrick connected again in the fourth quarter for another score. This time it was a 13 yard jump ball, back shoulder catch. Fitzpatrick in the back corner of the endzone, Shafer threw it up there in the perfect spot to let his guy make a play, and that is what he did. He hauled it in for his second score of the day.

With those two touchdowns Beloit cracked double digits for the first time this year. In addition to that, they also forced two turnovers; one fumble and one interception. This Bucs defense has a knack for forcing turnovers. However, the next step is to score off those turnovers. But one step at a time. You can see the improvement on this young Bucs team. Next week they head to Knox College who also sits 0-3 in conference play. 

 

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