PELLA — The Pella Lady Dutch took no prisoners Tuesday night when they hosted the Eagles from Pella Christian. A fast start fueled a Lady Dutch avalanche as they rolled past PC, 25-13, 25-12, and 25-11.
Pella Christian scored first in game one and then a net serve gave the serve to the Lady Dutch. Meridith Rowe stepped to the service line and reeled off nine consecutive points to give Pella a 10-1 lead. In that run, Rowe nailed three aces while Bailey Van Voorst drilled a pair of kills and Mia Warner added a kill. From that point Pella took total charge and coasted to a 25-13 win.
The Pella defense was so solid that the Eagles were not able to establish any long service runs and points were very difficult to come by. The best the Eagles could come up with in game one would be a pair of aces and a kill by Elizabeth Brouwer and a pair of kills by Sarah Gritters.
In game two, the Lady Dutch used three and four point runs and several ace serves to pile up a 16-7 lead on their way to a 25-12 win. The game featured a pair of aces for both Payton Turner and Jasmine Namminga and aces by Rowe and Ella Corbin. The Eagles posted three kills by Avey Amelse and two by Trinity Vos.
The third game found the Lady Dutch riding the serving of Turner and Macy Schulz to a 25-11 win. Rowe pounded down four kills, Van Voorst added a pair of kills and Namminga chipped in with three kills and a pair of blocks. Amelse and Morgan Heinen each had a pair of kills for the Eagles.
“If you don’t pass and serve well, you are not going to play well,” PC coach Joanna Settles said. “We had a tough night in both areas. We will move on and get ready for the conference tourney at Indianola Thursday. We then play a tournament Saturday at Knoxville. Hopefully we can turn things in the right direction.”
Amelse led PC with eight kills while Heinen and Gritters each had three kills. Vos had three blocks, Brouwer added a pair of aces and Natalie Harrill recorded 10 digs.
“I’m very happy with how my team played,” Pella coach Mallory Peterson said. “From start to finish we were very consistent. Our serving was very aggressive and we kept the ball in play. The defense played so well and our offense fed off of that. Our offense was very balanced and that is pleasing.”
Van Voorst led the Lady Dutch in kills with seven and in digs with 10. Rowe topped the serving chart with 22-of-24 and five aces and she hammered down six kills. Corbin and Namminga each had five kills. Namminga led in blocks with three and Courtney Paxton blocked two hits. Anna Vander Waal dished out 15 assists and had eight digs while Emily McMartin dug up five balls.
Pella will also be in the conference tourney Thursday as the number two seed and then they will host Grinnell next Tuesday in regional tournament play.