by Jodi Turner

  The Belmond-Klemme volleyball team headed to Lake Mills Sept. 3.

  The Broncos went back and forth with the Bulldogs to start the first set as Haley Beminio and Allie Barrus had two big kills to start the game. But the excitement was short-lived as the Broncos struggled to recover after a few mistakes. The Bulldogs jumped to an 11-5 lead and never looked back, taking the win 25-8.

  In the second set, Madi and Allie Barrus each had kills to start the game. Kenedie Gabrielson stepped up serving and went 3-3. The Broncos continued to battle on defense as Madi Barrus recorded six digs, but B-K took the loss 25-16.

  In the third set, the Bulldogs claimed the victory 25-21.

  After the tough loss, the Broncos were ready to get back to business against the Eagle Grove Eagles Sept 5.

  B-K jumped to an early 5-3 lead as Kenedie Gabrielson went 5-5 serving. Tough hitting and serving kept the Broncos in the lead. Gabrielson added a kill, pushing the score to 15-10. Madi Barrus served 2-2, making the score 21-14 before Haley Beminio closed the game with a kill for a 25-19 victory.

  In the second set, Addison McMurray started the serving and went 7-7 with an ace. Madi Barrus added two kills as B-K claimed a big 8-1 lead. Barrus continued to hit well, adding another two kills as B-K jumped to a commanding lead 18-4. Jennah Meyer finished off serving 5-5 as Allie Barrus ended the match with a kill down line as B-K took the win, 25-6.

  Standout serving from Maddison Dougherty (she went 7-7) started the third and final set. Madi Barrus helped with two kills as B-K dominated 10-1. Gabrielson took her turn adding points to the score board with two kills, followed by Allie Barrus adding two kills. B-K jumped to an even bigger lead, 14-7. The Eagles tried to put up a fight, pushing the score to 19-16, but that was all the closer they would get as Haley Beminio killed the ball to take the final set 25-18.

   The Broncos travelled to South Central Calhoun for a seven-team tournament Sept. 7.

  The Broncos started off against the host Titans. Serve reception was a struggle early as the Titans jumped to a 6-0 lead. Kenedie Gabrielson and Madi Barrus each added two kills to keep SCC within reach, 12-7. The Titans continued to play on the Bronco weaknesses, taking the win 21-12.

  In the second set, B-K jumped to an early 8-4 lead. Madi Barrus collected two kills early while Allie Barrus had two digs to keep the ball alive as B-K maintained the lead, 14-7. Gabrielson added two kills late to push the score to 21-19, as B-K claimed the first victory of the day.

  In the deciding set, B-K fell behind early, 10-0, and was never able to recover, dropping the set 15-2.

  The second game was against the Pocahontas Indians. B-K started off by winning the first point as Madi Barrus had a kill down the line. The B-K hitters continued to dominate as Barrus and Gabrielson each had kills. The Broncos struggled to find a rhythm as serve reception was a problem late. B-K dropped the first set 21-8.

  In the second set, B-K had to work to catch up again, falling behind 11-4. Gabrielson would side out with a kill cross court to make the score 18-9 in the Indians’ favor, but B-K could not get any closer, taking the loss 21-12. Gabrielson, Madi Barrus and Allie Barrus each had three kills and Allie Barrus collected eight digs.

  In the third game, the Broncos had a second chance at South Hamilton. One week prior, B-K took a set from the Hawks and there were high hopes the Broncos could come away with a win this time around.

  The second set, B-K was in trouble early, trailing 7-1. Ashlynn Willms helped with good serving, but the Hawks were too much, taking the game 21-8. Allie Barrus led the game with four kills and five digs as Maddison Dougherty served 5-5. Gabrielson and Willms were perfect, serving 4-4.

  The next game was against IKM Manning. The Broncos bounced back after the tough loss, going back and forth with IKM. Big kills by Haley Beminio, Kenedie Gabrielson and Allie Barrus kept B-K within reach. But errors on defense and miscommunication cost the Broncos, and they took the loss 21-13.

  In the second set, Gabrielson and Allie Barrus each had two kills to push B-K to an early 6-5 lead. But struggles on serve reception left the Broncos trailing 10-7 quickly. Madi Barrus put B-K back in the game by serving 4-4 with an ace, to tie the set at 10-10. The Broncos gave up four quick points and fought to come back, thanks to Madi Barrus’ three kills. IKM led 17-16. But it was all the closer B-K would get, as the Broncos took the late loss, 21-17.

  In the fifth game of the day, the Broncos faced off against Greene County. Serve reception struggles on the B-K side took the score to 7-1 in favor of the Rams. B-K just couldn’t recover – there were too many errors late to get into any type of rhythm – and B-K lost 21-10.

  In the second set, Gabrielson set the tone with a big block and served 2-2 with an ace to give Broncos the lead, 8-6. The Rams battled back, overtaking B-K. Gabrielson and Madi Barrus added two kills to make the score 17-16 with the Rams still in the lead. But the Rams would not surrender, as Greene County won 21-18. Madi Barrus led with four kills followed by Gabrielson with three. Barrus also collected nine digs and served 6-6, followed by Gabrielson with two blocks and 5-6 serving.

  In the final game, the Broncos jumped to a 6-3 lead over the Audubon Wheelers. Maddison Dougherty served 5-5 with an ace as Haley Beminio added a kill. Kenedie Gabrielson continued to have a big afternoon with two more kills. The Broncos continued to dominate in the serving as Madi Barrus served 5-5 to push the score to 12-7. The Wheelers came back to take the lead 13-12. B-K struggled on serve reception and fell behind by five points before Haley Beminio had two kills late in the match. But Audubon was too much for the Broncos, taking the win 21-16.

  In the second set, Madi Barrus added two quick kills, followed by Allie Barrus with three digs and two kills as B-K and Audubon tied 7-7. Serve reception struggles and hitting errors cost B-K late and the Broncos fell behind 15-9. Gabrielson and Dougherty did a great job serving, perfect behind the line going 3-3 each, but it wouldn’t be enough as B-K lost 21-15.

  Dougherty led the team serving 8-8, followed by Madi Barrus 7-7. Beminio led the hitters with four kills. Meyer had 13 assists as Dougherty led the team with eight digs followed by Madi Barrus with seven.

  Stats for the week included.... read the entire story in the Belmond Independent.