Pella’s young volleyball team is growing up rather fast.

Coach Catie Brand’s varsity Dutch won five of six contests Saturday, August 31 at the Bondurant-Farrar Tournament.

The lone loss was to Gilbert ranked No. 11 in the Class 4A polls.

The Gilbert Tigers topped the Dutch 21-13, 21-15.

Pella beat Carroll 21-18, 17-21, 16-14 in a thriller that went to the wire. The Dutch also topped Burlington, Notre Dame 21-15, 21-17.

Other wins were over Pella Christian 17-21, 21-15, 15-8, Woodward-Granger 16-21, 22-20, 15-10 and over the Raiders from Williamsburg 22-20, 21-18.

Some quick highlights showed Bailey Van Voorst the leader against Gilbert. She had four kills and eight digs.

Anna Vander Waal had seven assists, Payton Turner five digs and Ella Corbin two blocks.

Against the Carroll Tigers the Dutch had nine kills from Van Voorst, six by Meridith Rowe and three by Courtney Paxton.

Vander Waal had a solid effort with 22 assists and six digs. Turner led the defense with 13 digs, with Brynn Randol next on the charts with seven, Macy Schulz six and Courtney Thompson with five.

In the win over Burlington, Notre Dame PHS had six kills from Corbin and five by Rowe.

Turner topped the charts with five digs and Vander Waal with 13 assists. Brynn Randol had two of Pella’s five ace serves.

In the win over cross-town rival Pella Christian. After dropping game one the Dutch rallied from a 14-9 deficit in game two to eventually win 21-15.

Van Voorst had seven kills and Corbin three.

Vander Waal had 11 assists and five digs. Turner had seven digs and Thompson four.

Rowe finished with four ace serves and Turner added three.

Against the W-G Hawks the Dutch again won in three games, dropping game one.

The leaders were Van Voorst, Vander Waal and Macy Schulz, who had four digs.

Williamsburg kept it close but the Dutch prevailed in a two game sweep. Van Voorst had seven kills, Vander Waal 10 assists and Van Voorst four digs.

The five wins put the Dutch at 6-1 overall.

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

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