No. 14 (4A) Pella defeats No. 11 (4A) Norwalk 3-1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-10, 25-19)
PELLA — Two ranked Little Hawkeye Conference foes clashed in Pella on Tuesday night with the Lady Dutch battling to a 3-1 victory over Norwalk.
The two teams split a pair of close sets to open the match but a dominant third set from Pella helped them take that momentum to the fourth set where they were able to close it out.
The many weapons of the Lady Dutch were on display with five different girls registering at least six kills.
Avey Amelse led that charge with 11 kills to go along with eight digs and three blocks. Bailey Van Voorst also showed well with eight kills and 11 digs. Jasmine Namminga showed flashes of just how dominant she can be at the net as she ended with nine kills and seven of Pella’s 17 blocks. Anna Vander Waal continued to add to her assist total as she tallied 42 on the night.
No. 14 (4A) Pella (7-2, 1-1 LHC) will travel to the Southeast Polk Tournament on Saturday at 8 a.m.
No. 13 (4A) Indianola defeats Pella Christian 3-0 (25-8, 25-22, 25-22)
PELLA — The Eagles hosted No. 13 (4A) Indianola on Eagle Lane on Tuesday but a 3-0 sweep saw Pella Christian fall to 0-2 in Little Hawkeye Conference play.
PC got off to a slow start falling 25-8 in the first set but they battled in each of the next two sets but would ultimately drop both 25-22.
Trinity Vos had seven kills, a block and an ace for the Eagles while Chloe Huisman added 13 assists, four digs, two kills and two aces.
Pella Christian (2-7, 0-2 LHC) are back in action on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. when they travel to Grinnell (3-4, 1-1 LHC).
Davis County defeats Knoxville 3-2 (20-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-20, 15-13)
KNOXVILLE — A pair of talented South Central Conference teams went the distance as Knoxville jumped in front 2-0 on Davis County before the Mustangs worked their way back to win the next three sets to steal it from the Panthers 3-2.
All five sets were tight with Knoxville holding the advantage in the first two sets but for a second straight conference match, the Panthers would drop the next three sets to lose.
37 hitting errors were a part of the issue as the Panthers ended with a .057 kill efficiency.
Brittany Bacorn did a little bit of everything for Knoxville, finishing with 20 assists, 16 kills, 23 digs and four aces. Abby Wadle added 12 kills while Melanie Sullivan had seven kills and Charlee Heffron had six kills.
Defensively, Emma Dunkin joined Bacorn with 23 digs while Ella Breazeale had three blocks.
Knoxville (5-4, 0-2 SCC) will go to No. 14 (3A) Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (10-0, 1-0 SCC) on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Pearson returns for Knoxville at Grinnell
GRINNELL — Two-time state qualifier Norah Pearson returned to the course for the Panthers on Tuesday as the Panthers ran against some good competition at Grinnell.
The girls finished eighth as a team with 207 points and were led by the returning Pearson, who has been out of activities since suffering a knee injury back during basketball season. Pearson would lead Knoxville with a 20th place finish and a time of 22:51.
Rounding out the Panther lineup was Natalie Collins (42nd, 24:47), Olivia Maasdam (44th, 24:59), Faith Roozeboom (51st, 25:56), Janie Maasdam (61st, 27:38), Hanna Linsley (67th, 28:46) and Dani Johnston (68th, 28:46).
The Knoxville boys finished ninth as a team with 206 points. They were led by Seth Walraven, who grabbed a medal for taking 10th at 18:05.
Max Purvis (37th, 19:30), Ezra Schmidt (50th, 19:59), Andrew Jackson (57th, 20:11), John Buttell (64th, 20:33), Carson Irving (66th, 20:51) and Sean Collins (73rd, 21:23)) would wrap up the Panther scoring.
“Our girls pushed each other well and competed to improve on their races from last week,” Knoxville head coach Michael Splavec said. “The boys team saw some improvement and learned a lot from running against some great competition that we don't run against very often.”
Knoxville will prepare to run at Edmundson Park for the Oskaloosa Cross Country Invite on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.