Rowe Amelse Gritters

Pella’s Meridith Rowe attempts to hit past the Pella Christian block established at the net by Avey Amelse and Sarah Gritters. The Eagles won the first two games of the LHC match before the Dutch made a dramatic rally to win 3-2.

Pella rallied from a 2-0 deficit to trip up the Pella Christian Eagles 3-2 in a wild and exciting varsity volleyball meeting Tuesday, Sept. 3.

The Eagles hosted the match and led 2-0 by winning games one and two 25-22, 25-22 respectively.

The Dutch showed some fight and grit as they rallied back to win the match taking games three through five, 25-19, 25-22, 15-8.

In the first two games of the evening before a large and enthusiastic crowd from both schools, the Eagles led 8-0 before Pella knew what hit them.

Avery Amelse started at the service line for the Eagles and she gave her team the quick lead. Two of her points came on ace serves.

The Eagles were in control throughout game one, but the Dutch managed to climb back into the contest late, trailing 23-21 following a kill from Ella Corbin.

Following a PC timeout the Eagles regrouped after the Dutch put the score within a point at 23-22.

Molly Bolt put down a kill and then a Pella hit out of bounds gave the Eagles the 25-22 win in game one.

The Eagles won the game despite having six service errors.

Game two again saw PC race out to a quick 8-4 lead. They eventually widened the gap to 20-11 before the Dutch again rallied late to put the tally at 23-21.

A block at the end of the game gave the Eagles a 25-22 win in game two as well.

This time it was the Dutch with four service errors compared to three for the Eagles.

It became desperation time for the Dutch in game three.

“This team has a way of staying patient. We’ve already been in some tight matches this year,” stated Dutch Coach Catie Brand.

For the third game in a row, it was the team with the fast start that held on to win. Pella led 11-4 early. Following an ace serve by Brynn Randol.

Amelse had back-to-back ace serves for PC, but it only closed the gap to 24-19.

A hit out of bounds by PC gave the Dutch game three 25-19.

Game four proved to be the closest contest of the entire night. The two teams were deadlocked at 12, 13 and 18 all.

Bailey Van Voorst came alive with a pair of kills as the Dutch grabbed a 22-18 lead with Payton Turner serving.

A Courtney Paxton kill on game point tied the match 2-2 as the Dutch won 25-20.

Game four saw the Dutch overcome seven service errors.

In the decisive fifth game of the night, the Dutch raced out to a quick 6-1 lead with Anna Vander Waal serving.

The Dutch advantage grew to 10-2 following an ace serve by Meridith Rowe.

In the game of volleyball momentum goes a long way to toward success. The Eagles grabbed the “mo” to pull within three at 10-7 but Pella again regrouped to win 15-8.

Two late ace serves by senior Courtney Thompson helped the Dutch claim the win at the end,


Coach Brand stated, “This team has a way of fighting to the end without quitting. Anna Vander Waal is our court leader and Thompson has a way of bringing positive energy to the court.”

Brand added, “Give PC credit they played well.”

First year PC Head Coach Joanna Settles commented, “I’m proud of our squad. They came out early on and were ready to compete.”

She added, “I’m proud of our student section. It was a fun night for volleyball. We need to shore up some passing issues. We have some great senior leaders. This is a fun team to coach.”

Stat Leaders(Pella)Kills - Bailey Van Voorst 15, Ella Corbin 7, Meridith Rowe 6, Brynn Randol 4, Courtney Paxton 3.

Assists - Anna Vander Waal 34.

Digs - Payton Turner 12, Courtney Thompson 7, Vander Waal 6, Van Voorst 5.

Blocks - Corbin 2.

Serving - Rowe 14-of-20 (4 aces); Thompson 15of-17 (2 aces); Randol 14-of-17 (2 aces).

(Pella Christian)

Kills - Molly Bolt 20, Avey Amelse 10, Emma Dunsbergen 7, Sarah Gritters 6.

Assists - Lizzy Posthuma 36.

Digs - Anna Van Zee 24, Posthuma 14, Natalie Harrill 14, Bolt 11.

Blocks - Gritters 3, Bolt 2, Dunsbergen 2, Posthuma 2.

Serving - Amelse 25-of-26 (7 aces).

Perry Bell can be reached at or by calling the Knoxville newsroom at 641-842-2155.

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