The Pella Lady Dutch were hungry for a “Senior Night” win and they were seeking some momentum going into the conference and regional tournaments that loomed on the horizon.
Grinnell was the guest Tuesday night and the Pella girls showed no mercy as they pummeled the Tigers 25-12, 25-15 and 25 16.
The Dutch made a statement early with a 12-3 run to start game one. That run turned the roar of the Tigers into a meek whimper and Pella would be in complete control for the rest of the match.
The serving of the Lady Dutch was impressive in game one as they recorded six ace serves in the game. Bailey Van Voorst had three of those aces and she scored the final two points of a 25-12 win with ace serves. Also serving aces in the game were Payton Turner, Jasmine Namminga and Anna Vander Waal.
The second game saw the Tigers take an early 6-5 lead. But that lead would be snuffed out with a pair of long Pella service runs.
Van Voorst served up a five point run and a seven point run by Turner gave Pella an 18-8 lead. The run by Van Voorst was aided by four Tiger hitting errors and a kill by Meridith Rowe. Turner’s run featured a pair of kills by Rowe, a kill by Namminga and an ace by Turner. A kill by Rowe put the finishing touches on a 25-15 Pella win in game two.
The Tigers battled hard to open the third game, but a kill and a block by Namminga along with an ace serve by Courtney Thompson gave Pella a 7-5 lead.
The Tigers fought back to tie the score at 7-7, but four point service runs by Macy Schulz and Namminga gave Pella 15-8 lead on their way to a 25-16 win.
Pella Coach, Catie Brand, was pleased with the play of her young team.
“We are young this season,” Brand said. “We have been rather inconsistent at times during the season. We made some position changes mid-season and we are beginning to make strides in the right direction.”
Van Voorst led the serving game with a perfect 16-of-16 and five aces and she led the team in kills with 10. Vander Waal led in assists with 21 and in digs with 10 while Namminga led the team in blocks with four.
The win gave the Lady Dutch a 3-4 record in Little Hawkeye Conference play.