by Jodi Turner

  The Belmond-Klemme volleyball team had a busy week that kicked off with a conference match up Sept. 21 against Forest City.

  B-K fell behind early, 4-1, before Bailee Steenblock’s dig and Emilie Dougherty’s kill provided a spark. Ashlynn Willms served 2-2 to bring the Broncos back within one point, 6-5. Aubrey Eckhoff and Allie Barrus each contributed kills from the front row to stay with the Indians. The Broncos never found themselves in the lead against the undefeated Indians, but did give themselves a great chance. Late in the match, Barrus’ kill tied the game 18-18 before the Indians went on an 8-1 run. FC claimed the win 25-19.

  A dig by London Young and Jennah Meyer’s kill tied the game 2-2 early in the second set. Meyer served 2-2, tying the game again at 4-4, before Adasyn Lamb’s kill gave the Broncos the first lead of the night, 5-4. The Indians quickly recovered and overtook the Broncos. B-K struggled to recover and took a second loss 25-18.

  Barrus led off the third set with an ace that was followed by an Eckhoff ace to tie the game at four each. Barrus and Lamb each added kills to keep the Broncos within reach. Midway through the set, Meyer and Barrus added additional kills, but it wouldn’t be enough to keep up with the Indians as FC took the set and the win, 25-15.

  The Broncos traveled to the Algona Garrigan tournament Sept. 25, playing five games.

  In the first game, the Broncos played Southeast Valley. The Broncos dominated in the first set. Jennah Meyer started off with a kill, followed by Allie Barrus serving 4-4. London Young put the ball over for a kill to give B-K a 7-2 lead. A dig by Bailee Steenblock and kill by Barrus pushed the score to 14-8. Adasyn Lamb served 3-3, followed by Barrus and Aubrey Eckhoff hitting aces to take the win 21-10.

  The Broncos started off strong in the second set but fell behind midway through the set, 8-7. The Jaguars went on a 7-3 run before Eckhoff and Barrus each had kills to make the score 15-10. SEV won 21-12.

  In the final set, the Broncos just couldn’t find a groove, falling behind 6-4. A block by Lamb was one of the last points B-K scored as the Jaguars took the set for the win 15-7.

  The Broncos played Garrigan in the second game. An ace serve by Aubrey Eckhoff gave the Broncos a 3-1 lead. B-K continued the winning streak with an ace by Ashlynn Willms and three aces by Allie Barrus. The Broncos maintained a lead with Jennah Meyer and Adasyn Lamb kills. The Golden Bears battled through the whole set, and finally took the lead late to claim the win.

  The Broncos dominated the second set with great serving and hitting by Barrus and Meyer. Three ace serves by Meyer made the score 9-4. Barrus collected two more kills to push the lead to 16-6. Good defense by Bailee Steenblock gave the Broncos their largest lead, 18-6. A kill by Lamb and good serving from Young finished off the set with a win, 21-10.

  The Broncos were not going to let the Golden Bears get into any type of groove in the deciding set. Willms and Meyer each had kills to start the set. Barrus served 3-3, followed by an Aubrey Eckhoff ace that put the Broncos ahead 6-1. Back-to-back kills by Lamb gave the Broncos an even larger lead before errors by the Golden Bears led to a B-K win, 15-8.

  In game three, the Broncos played St. Ansgar. A block by Jennah Meyer started the Bronco scoring. Back-to-back ace serves by Allie Barrus gave B-K a 4-2 lead. But the Saints made their way back, taking over the lead 10-7. St. Ansgar went on a 11-3 run as the Broncos struggled to find a rhythm, and took the loss 21-10.

  The Broncos claimed the lead, 4-3, with Meyer’s good serving in the second set. An ace by Ashlynn Willms, who served 4-4, increased the Bronco lead. Back-to-back kills by Barrus, Meyer, Emilie Dougherty and Aubrey Eckhoff pushed the Broncos to their largest lead 15-10. The Saints made their way back into the set on a 8-2 run. The Saints went on to win the set and game, 23-21.

  The Broncos squared off against conference rival Garner-Hayfield-Ventura in the fourth game. The Broncos found themselves chasing the Cardinals for the whole first set. Jennah Meyer had a great set with a block and kill early. The Broncos fought to come back with kills by Allie Barrus and ace serving by Adasyn Lamb. Those efforts would not be enough as B-K lost 21-15.

  Meyer again started the second set with back-to-back kills to tie the game at 4-4. Barrus’ kills and Ashlynn Willms’ ace serve gave B-K the lead, 7-5, before GHV went on a 16-5 run. The Cardinals took the set and the win, 21-12.

  In the final game, the Broncos played West Hancock. A dig by Quinn Gabrielson and a kill by Jennah Meyer gave the Broncos a 2-0 lead. Back-to-back kills by Meyer and an ace serve by Ashlynn Willms gave B-K their largest lead, 8-4. Emma Carlson served 5-5 with two aces as B-K went ahead 16-8. Three kills by Meyer gave B-K the win, 21-11.

  Carlson served another 5-5 with two aces as B-K jumped ahead 6-5 in the second set. Adasyn Lamb’s kill from the middle, followed by a kill by Gabrielson kept the Broncos ahead 14-8. Good serving by London Young and Aubrey Eckhoff closed out the set with a 21-18 win.