by Jodi Turner
The Belmond-Klemme volleyball team’s lone game last week was against North Iowa in Buffalo Center Sept. 14.
The Broncos started the game with a kill by backside hitter Allie Barrus, followed by Jennah Meyer’s first kill of the night and B-K was up 2-1. But that was the last time the Broncos led. Throughout the set the B-K played great defense, but the Bison were always one step ahead. Kills by Meyer, Barrus and Adasyn Lamb helped the Broncos come within four points, but the first set ended in a tough loss, 25-21.
Meyer started the second set with back-to-back kills to give B-K a 2-0 lead. Aubrey Eckhoff helped with a great dig to tie the game 4-4. While the Broncos found themselves trailing again, they never gave up and fought their way back. A big middle block by Lamb and great serving by Ashlynn Willms put the Broncos in the lead. The streak continued with kills by Lamb and Barrus to put the Broncos in control, 12-9. NI went on a 7-3 run to tie the game at 16 late. Meyer served 2-2 with Emilie Dougherty collecting a kill to push B-K back in front, 20-19. The Broncos won set point off a Bison error, 25-21.
It was a similar battle for the Broncos in the third set. A dig by Bailee Steenblock and kill by Meyer gave B-K an early 2-1 lead. Meyer had three more kills to give B-K their largest lead, 11-5. The Bison battled back to tie the game before Barrus’ kill and two ace serves kept the Bronco lead, 15-14. NI did not go down without a fight, but in the end two kills each by Lamb and Barrus, followed by an ace serve by Barrus gave the Broncos set three, 25-21.
B-K again grabbed an early lead in the fourth set, 2-0, with ace serves by Barrus. A front row swing hit from Meyer kep B-K in the lead, 5-3. Serving was key for the Broncos as Meyer had a perfect night (18-18 at the service line and helping the Broncos early with an ace). The Bison had a difficult time controlling Barrus as she followed Meyer with back-to-back-to-back kills, pushing B-K to a 13-9 lead. Meyer returned to the front row with two kills. The Broncos stumbled and allowed the Bison to take over the lead, 19-17. An ace serve by Willms tied the game at 19. The Broncos did not look back, and took the fourth set and the conference win, thanks to four kills by Barrus and an ace serve from London Young.