GRINNELL — A road trip to Grinnell resulted in a three-game sweep for the Lady Dutch volleyball team Tuesday night.
However, it was not as easy as it may look as the girls in green sputtered through game one. A culmination of Pella errors allowed the Tigers to stay within striking distance. Finally, with the Dutch holding a 17-15 lead, they found some solid footing with an 8-2 run to the finish.
With Payton Turner at the service line, Pella began to take charge. A Grinnell hitting error followed by kills from Bailey Van Voorst and Turner raised the Pella lead to 21-15 before the Tigers regained the serve. Kills by Jasmine Namminga and Ella Corbin and a block by Anna VanderWaal created a game point situation. Meridith Rowe slammed a kill to the floor to end game one.
In the second game, the Lady Dutch hit their stride with a 6-2 run to get things rolling. VanderWaal and Rowe took care of the serving and Rowe added three kills. The Tigers tried to get back in the game and they closed the Pella lead to 8-5.
Van Voorst drove a spike into the Tiger court to give the serve back to Turner and Turner served the next seven points to give Pella a comfortable 16-5 lead. Van Voorst provided the thunder at the net with three kills in the run and Namminga added another as the Dutch coasted to a 25-14 win.
Grinnell amped up its offense to start game three and jumped out to a 5-1 lead. A net serve gave the serve back to Pella and Van Voorst stepped to the line. Six serves later the Lady Dutch had an 8-5 lead. After an exchange of points, the serve came back to Macy Schultz for the next three points and a 12-6 Pella lead.
The Tigers were not done as they made a run and tied the score at 15-15. But the serving of Turner and Van Voorst fueled a Pella run to the finish with a 25-20 win. Also in that final run, the Dutch received a pair of ringing kills from Rowe and a kill from Mia Warner.
“Our focus tonight was on balance,” Pella coach Mallory Peterson said. “A number of girls contributed offensively. I felt we did a good job of maintaining our tempo and the passers and setters did a fine job of finding our hitters.”
Van Voorst led the team in kills with 14 and digs with 17. Rowe added nine kills and Namminga recorded seven kills. VanderWaal dished out 30 assists and Turner led the serving at 20-for-20 with an ace. Schultz contributed 10 digs and Turner added nine digs.
The Lady Dutch are now 14-10 and will host their tournament Saturday. Next Tuesday they host Pella Christian in an inter-city battle.