No. 12 (4A) Pella defeats Newton 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-16)
NEWTON — No. 12 (4A) Pella returned to conference play on Tuesday and took care of business with a 3-0 sweep at Newton.
The balanced offense of the Lady Dutch was on display with six different girls recording at least three kills with Bailey Van Voorst leading the way with seven while Jasmine Namminga had six and Avey Amelse and Meridith Rowe both had five. Anna Vander Waal finished with 23 assists.
Defensively, Namminga had three of Pella’s eight blocks while Amelse led with 10 digs. The Lady Dutch finished with 12 aces with Vander Waal being responsible for four of them.
“Always nice to get a 3-0 win in LHC play,” Pella head coach Mallory Peterson said. “Our serve receive was consistent and allowed us to stay pretty balanced offensively. We still missed more serves than I would like. But our aggressive serving also landed us 12 aces.”
No. 12 (4A) Pella (12-3, 3-0 LHC) will now prepare for a tough tournament at Ballard on Saturday starting at 9:45 a.m.
Grinnell defeats Pella Christian 3-1 (25-23, 27-25, 25-23, 25-21)
GRINNELL — Every set was tight but it was Grinnell edging Pella Christian in three of them to get the win over the Eagles.
Sarah Gritters led the PC attack with 16 kills while Trinity Vos also finished with double digit kills with 11. Freshman setter Chloe Huisman ended with 34 assists.
Defensively, Jema Settles had two blocks while Natalie Harrill finished with 13 digs.
The Eagles were very aggressive from behind the line as that led to 18 aces as a team but also 14 service errors. Freshmen Huisman and Emma Eekhoff led with four aces a piece.
Pella Christian (2-8, 0-3 LHC) will play in a quad at Des Moines Christian on Thursday starting at 4:30 p.m.
Oskaloosa races tough Newton squad
NEWTON — The Oskaloosa girls swim team raced in their second meet in as many days on Tuesday against a loaded Newton squad as the Indians continued to battle adversity and compete.
“I do not have enough or the right words to describe the resilience our swimmers have shown over the last 24 hours as well as the last few weeks,” Oskaloosa head coach Makenzie Kauffman said. “Over the last 24 hours they competed in two extremely competitive line-ups in pools with teams three and four times their size. They have thrown everything they have into each race, evaluated their performances, then had eyes on the next race.”
The B medley team had the top result on the night with a second place finish to lead the way while Gwyneth Utterback took third in the 200 freestyle with four second PR.
Grace Moore grabbed fourth in the 200 IM while Lily Spangenburg also took fourth in the 100 freestyle with a lifetime PR.
Emma Adams and Maddy Moorman both pushed each other in the 400/500 freestyle with Moorman scoring a lifetime PR by nearly a minute and a half.
“In between meets they pushed through early morning weights with some of the most focus and intensity I've witnessed in a high school weight room,” Kauffman said. “On top of that they are navigating practices in a pool with a broken heater, pushing through extremely low temperatures, and not knowing exactly what that will look like in the days and weeks to come.”
After racing in consecutive days, Oskaloosa has some time before their next race on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at Perry.