PLEASANT HILL — Some of the top volleyball teams in the state made their way to Pleasant Hill on Saturday for the Metro Volleyball Classic at Southeast Polk. No. 5 (4A) Oskaloosa and No. 12 (4A) Pella were among those teams as both made deep runs on the day.
Oskaloosa started the day by sweeping pool play with 2-0 wins over Waukee (21-6, 21-8) and Des Moines Roosevelt (21-15, 21-15) and a tough 2-1 (21-15, 16-21, 15-10) win over No. 6 (5A) Ankeny Centennial.
The Indians would then move to bracket play, picking up a 2-0 (21-16, 21-17) win over a talented No. 14 (3A) Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont team. They would then get a preview of what could be a battle between the top two teams in the Little Hawkeye Conference by topping No. 12 (4A) Pella 2-0 (21-16, 21-16).
They would clash with Nebraska-commit Hayden Kubik and the No. 2 (5A) Valley Tigers in the championship match but the 5A title contenders proved to be too much as they left with the 2-0 (21-16, 21-7) win. Kubik would finish 12 kills to lead the the Tigers.
Pella got their tournament run kickstarted with a trio of 2-0 wins over Southeast Polk (24-22, 21-8), Cedar Rapids Jefferson (21-9, 22-20) and EBF (25-23, 21-19).
They would then top Ankeny Centennial 2-1 (21-19, 30-28, 15-10) in a thrilling quarterfinals match before falling to Oskaloosa in the semifinals.
Avey Amelse and Bailey Van Voorst both had good days. Amelse finished with 27 kills and 37 digs while Van Voorst had 26 kills, 31 digs and seven blocks. Anna Vander Waal ended with 89 assists on the day while Katie Pollock had 35 digs and Jasmine Namminga had nine blocks for the defense.
Faith DeRonde led the Indians on their six-match day with 62 kills, 40 digs and six blocks. Maleah Walker also did well on both sides with 40 kills and 29 digs. Olivia Gordon and Presley Blommers rotated at setter with 61 and and 40 assists, respectively. Libero Lucy Roach also showed well with 33 digs and seven aces.
No. 5 (4A) Oskaloosa (15-3, 2-0 LHC) returns home to take on No. 15 (4A) Norwalk (10-5, 1-1) on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. while No. 12 (4A) Pella (11-3, 1-1 LHC) goes to Newton (5-5, 0-2 LHC) on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.