Anna Vander Waal

Pella's Anna Vander Waal (7) collected her 2,500 career assist over the weekend


Pella goes 3-2 at Urbandale

URBANDALE — No. 10 (4A) Pella played among some tough Class 5A competition on Saturday at the Urbandale Invitational going 3-2 on the day with the highlight being senior setter Anna Vander Waal crossing the 2,500 career assists plateau.

The Lady Dutch would go 3-1 in pool play with 2-0 wins over Des Moines Lincoln (21-16, 21-10) and Council Bluffs Lincoln (21-6, 21-17) and a 2-0 (21-18, 21-12) loss to No. 4 (5A) Ankeny Centennial.

They would face No. 9 (5A) Johnston in the quarterfinals in the quarterfinals and would advance with a hard-fought 2-0 (25-22, 25-20) win.

Avey Amelse led the way in that match with eight kills and nine digs while Meridith Rowe and Bailey Van Voorst both added seven kills. Vander Waal had 23 assists while Jasmine Namminga led defensively with four blocks.

That win would pit them against tournament host No. 3 (5A) Urbandale in the semifinals. The J-Hawks would take the first set comfortably at 25-16 but Pella would bounce back to battle through a tough second set to take it 26-24 and force a third set. The Lady Dutch would ultimately fall 15-11 in that tie-breaker to be eliminated.

Van Voorst led the Pella attack with 12 kills while Amelse adding nine and Vander Waal had 28 assists. Abby Warner had 13 digs defensively for the Lady Dutch.

No. 10 (4A) Pella (19-7, 4-1 LHC) hosts Grinnell (16-13, 2-3 LHC) on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.

Pella Christian goes 3-2 at Greene County

JEFFERSON — Saturday tournament play continued for Pella Christian as they made the journey to the Greene County Tournament, living with a 3-2 record on the day.

PC would pick up 2-0 wins against Des Moines Hoover (21-8, 21-9) and Boone (21-9, 21-17) and a hard-fought 2-1 (21-15, 19-21, 15-11) win over Carroll. The Eagles would also drop three-set matches to Greene County (13-21, 21-17, 15-11) and No. 3 (2A) South Hardin (21-10, 13-21, 15-9).

The South Hardin Tigers entered the match as the last undefeated team in the state at 25-0. The Tigers showed why in the first set but the Eagles bounced back to control the second set and force a third set, but South Hardin would hold on for the win.

It was a balanced day of work for the PC offense, which finished with five girls ending with 10 or more kills in the tournament.

Pella Christian (12-14, 2-3 LHC) will play host to Oskaloosa (18-4, 4-1 LHC) on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.

Cross country

Knoxville races in Steve Johnson Invitational

WAVERLY — The Knoxville cross country team was in action on Saturday at the Steve Johnson Invitational at Wartburg College in Waverly.

The girls finished 12th out of 20 teams consisting of schools from around the state and boarding midwestern states.

Norah Pearson ran in her second race this season as she continues to work back from injury, leading Knoxville with a 24th place finish with a time of 21:21. Natalie Collins (46th, 22:34), Olivia Maasdam (95th, 24:21), Faith Roozeboom (99th, 24:29), Anna Buttell (100th, 24:32), who ran a personal-best time, and Janie Maasdam (130th, 26:38) rounded out the Panther lineup.

The Knoxville boys ended up 13th out of 24 teams on the day.

Seth Walraven ran a season-best time of 17:20 and would lead with a 17th place finish. Also running for the boys was Andrew Jackson, who ran a personal-best time of 18:40 to take 70th along with Max Purvis (77th, 18:43), Peter Picard (101st, 19:22), Kaden McGill (102nd, 19:23), John Buttell (122nd, 19:50) and Joey Hembrook (126th, 19:55).

Knoxville will head to the Centerville Invitational on Tuesday.

Colin Peters can be reached at 641-672-2581, by email at or on Twitter @ColinPetersOH.

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