PELLA — The Lady Dutch honored their four seniors before their match against Newton and they were probably relieved they didn’t have a third straight five-set conference match as they swept the Cardinals 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-17) on Tuesday night.
“It’s really nice to come out here and get things done in three sets especially on senior night,” head coach Mallory Peterson said. “We were able to get a lot of senior playing time. To stay focused and to take care of that the way we did was a nice change of pace in conference play for sure.”
Pella got off to a great start, using freebees from Newton and turning them into points as the Cardinals needed a timeout after an 8-3 advantaged was gained by the Lady Dutch.
The offense had things going with Bailey Van Voorst getting to her spots and racking up kills as Pella went on to take the first set 25-16.
The Lady Dutch started the next set strong again, this time using an 8-1 start with the ball moving well and a good team block forcing a Newton timeout.
“We’re trying to really use our offense in that way and I thought we did a really good job of being more balanced on offense tonight,” Peterson said. “Something we’ve been focusing on is covering the block, covering our hitters and there were a couple of gets we had there off the block. It was good to see that execution that we’ve been working on in practice.”
It was more of the same in the third set, Pella was able to get a comfortable lead early and rotate their seniors in to see some time on the court. Eventually the Lady Dutch would complete the sweep after taking the third set 25-17.
Pella’s four seniors are Roselande Vanderhoff, Brynn Randol, Courtney Paxton and Macy Schulz. The four received high praise from their teammates during the pregame ceremony and they received equal praise from their head coach after the game.
“They’re competitive and they’re great leaders,” Peterson said. “They are what keeps things competitive in practice. The ones that aren’t always on the floor, Brynn and Rose, do a great job pushing us in practice so it’s nice to see them on the floor and be able to execute and get the win for us.”
No. 12 (4A) Pella (8-2, 3-0 LHC) will get a big test on Thursday at 7 p.m. when they travel to No. 10 (5A) Urbandale (5-3).
*Pella stats were not available at time of print