PELLA — Pella Christian needed to come back from late deficits in the second and third set but they were able to sweep Pleasantville 3-0 (25-13, 25-23, 25-23) in Wednesday’s regional quarterfinal matchup.
The Eagles entered the match without Sarah Gritters, who is one of the team’s top hitters and has been splitting time at setter recently. The last second scratch forced some adjustments but PC was able to step up and get the win.
“We’ve faced a lot of adversity and have had starters out in multiple games and this was another situation with another starter out,” Pella Christian head coach Joanna Settles said. “We definitely missed Sarah tonight and I’m proud of the other girls for stepping up.”
PC came out with a balanced attack early with aces from Elizabeth Brouwer and kills from Trinity Vos and Avey Amelse leading the charge as the Eagles rolled to a 25-13 opening set win.
Unfortunately for PC, unforced errors creeped into their play which allowed Pleasantville to jump ahead.
The Trojans led 20-17 late in the second set but a 6-3 spurt by the Eagles tied it up at 23 before PC would take the next two points to claim the set 25-23.
Much like the second set, the third set featured a lot of PC errors. The Eagles had 16 hitting errors and 10 service errors on the night.
Pleasantville found themselves ahead 16-12 before a 6-2 PC run tied the set at 18.
Vos would get a kill and a block late for the Eagles with a Amelse kill and a Pleasantville hit into the net giving PC another comeback win, 25-23.
“We practice situations where we are coming from behind and keeping our mentality where it needs to be and stepping up and making a good pass and they did and that really starts our offense,” Settles said. “So proud of the girls for coming from behind.”
Amelse and Kyah Chamberlin both stepped up with the absence of Gritters.
Amelse had 15 kills along with five digs while Chamberlin had 26 assists and five digs while Coach Settles was also proud of the leadership she showed.
Vos chipped in six kills and a pair of blocks while the Eagles had eight aces as a team.
Pella Christian (18-16) advances to face No. 3 Dike-New Hartford (27-4) on Monday at 7 p.m. at Marshalltown.