By Perry Bell
Pella knocked off Little Hawkeye Conference and cross-town rival Pella Christian 25-21, 14-25, 25-22, 25-12 Tuesday, Sept. 25.
The win lifted the Lady Dutch to 8-12 overall and to 1-2 in the Little Hawkeye Conference.
The PC Eagles slipped to 10-13 for the season and to 1-2 in the league.
Game one set the tone for the night. The Dutch, playing at home, literally raced to leads of 10-1 and 14-3 before the Eagles rallied back to tie the contest at 20-20 on a serve by Maddie Fopma.
A short time later, a kill by Shannon Ewing lifted the Dutch to a 1-0 lead on the night with the decisive point in the 25-21 win.
Game two saw the Eagles gain some momentum and confidence as they rallied from an early 5-1 deficit to tie the game at 9-9.
PC scored nine of the next 12 points to take command 18-12.
The Eagles captured game two 25-14.
With the match tied at a game each, the Dutch recaptured the advantage 25-22 in game three with the decisive point coming on a kill by Jessica Holterhaus.
Pella led 19-10 in game three before Coach Cindy Nikkel’s squad rallied back to within a point at 19-18.
In the fourth and decisive game of the night, the Dutch raced to a quick 11-3 lead. Morgan Ernst served up six points in a row to open the advantage.
This time the Eagles had no answer for the Dutch run as Pella increased the lead to 22-9 before winning 25-12.
Kylie Roslien had a run where she served five pints in a row for Pella near the end of the match.
Coach Nikkel replied, “Serve receive was a bit of a struggle tonight. We played a little tentative.”
Nikkel credited Lauren Jungling with a good night setting and serving the ball.
Pella Coach Catie Brand stated, “We managed to give a good effort to rally back after losing game two.”
“We had a balanced attack. Credit goes to our setters for staying in the offense,” Brand said.
The Pella setters are Regan Nelson and Morgan Ernst.
Leaders for PC in kills were Taylor Hartson with seven, Becca Gritters and Maddie Fopma each with five.
Lauren Jungling had 22 assists in the contest.
Bri Warden led the Eagles with 27 digs followed by Jora Vander Hart with 16 and Jungling with 10.
Logan De Graaf and Hartson each had two blocks in the match.
Jungling had six ace serves for PC and Tess Howerzyl added three.
Pella leaders were Shannon Ewing with 13 kills, Anna Van Roekel 12 and Makenna Bogaard seven.
Nelson had 29 assists for the Dutch and Ernst 11.
On the defensive end of the court, Taelor Rempe had 17 digs, Mallory Lynch 16, Ewing 10, Nelson 11 and Ernst nine.
Bogaard, Ernst and Kylie Roslien each had two ace serves for Pella.