by Jodi Turner

  The Belmond-Klemme volleyball team started the week against Garner-Hayfield-Ventura Sept. 8. The Broncos were 1-2 in the conference, and needed a win to jump in the top half of the Top of Iowa Conference standings.

  B-K took the early lead with a kill by Madison Barrus. Ashlynn Willms continued the lead by serving 2-2, followed up by another Madi Barrus kill to bring the lead to 6-3. GHV took over before good serving by Kenedie Gabrielson (with two aces) gave B-K the lead again, 14-12. The Broncos held on with kills by Jennah Meyer, Gabrielson and Allie Barrus as B-K won, 25-21.

  The Broncos were behind early in the second game before Meyer and Madi Barrus each had kills to tie the game 7-7. B-K capitalized on Cardinal errors, setting up Meyer and Madi Barrus again for kills as the Broncos took the lead 11-8. Bronco hitter ran the lead to 18-11 before GHV took back the momentum. The Cardinals scored 14 unanswered points and grabbed the win 25-18.

  Match three started off on a high note with great setting by London Young, Allie Barrus, Meyer, and Madi Barrus each had back-to-back-to-back kills. Libero Maddison Dougherty played a great back row with two digs and a serving ace as B-K held the lead, 14-11. Two more kills by Allie Barrus gave B-K their biggest lead in the match, 19-14. The Cardinals did not let up and fought their way back, taking over 20-19. A block by Gabrielson and continued great serving by Young tied the match at 23-23. However, GHV was the victor, 25-23.

  The Broncos were determined to take the fourth match, and never gave the Cardinals a chance to catch up. Aces by Gabrielson, a block by Meyer and a kill by Allie Barrus put the Broncos ahead 7-0. The B-K hitters continue to have a good night at the net as Madi Barrus, Gabrielson and Allie Barrus each added two more kills. The Broncos finished off the match with a kill by Addison McMurray as B-K claimed the set, 25-15.

  The deciding match had the crowd on their feet as the Broncos never trailed. Kills by Allie Barrus and McMurray helped the Broncos claim the victory and their second TIC win 15-9.

  Stats included.....  see the Belmond Independent.

  At the Sept. 12 Bronco triangular, B-K hosted the Hampton- Dumont Bulldogs and the Glidden-Ralston Wildcats.

  The Bulldogs came ready to play and caught the Broncos off guard, going up 9-2 to start the match. Two kills by Kenedie Gabrielson and single kills from Allie and Madi Barrus only took B-K so far and the Broncos fell 25-10.

  But match two was a completely different game. Allie Barrus started the game with an ace, followed up by Madi Barrus’ kill. A double block by Gabrielson and Madi Barrus gave B-K a larger lead, 6-2. London Young set up Madi Barrus and Gabrielson again with back-to-back kills as B-K stayed ahead 9-5. The Bronco defense also had a huge role with digs by Jennah Meyer, Maddison Dougherty and Madi Barrus holding the Cardinals to a 17-10 score. The Broncos were not going to be stopped as Gabrielson and Allie Barrus each took advantage of the Bulldogs with tough serving – each player had two aces. Meyer closed out the win 25-20 with a block.

  The deciding game only went to fifteen and the Broncos were the first to score on an Addison McMurray kill. Ashlynn Willms served 5-5 with an ace as B-K went up 9-5. Young added her own aces, followed by an Allie Barrus kill to close out the game 15-9.

  Stats included... see the Belmond Independent.

  The second game of the morning was against Glidden- Ralston, the team that took in two Broncos players to play softball this summer and travelled two hours to play the Broncos.

  The Wildcats jumped to an early lead and the Broncos would have to play catch up. Blocks by Meyer and McMurray helped B-K early, but G-R took advantage of any hole left open. A kill by Madi Barrus and McMurray brought B-K closer, 14-19, but the host team lost 25-20.

  In set two, the Bronco hitters let the Wildcats know they came to play. Thanks to setter Ashlynn Willms, kills by McMurray, Madi and Allie Barrus, and Jennah Meyer allowed the Broncos to take the lead 10-8. Maddison Dougherty had a great game serving, collecting an ace to push the Broncos further ahead 14-10. Young found her hitters with great sets to outside hitter Madison Barrus and middle hitter Kenedie Gabrielson as the Broncos stayed ahead 18-10. An ace from Gabrielson and kills by Madi and Allie Barrus allowed the Broncos to finish off with a 25-18 victory.

  In the deciding game, the Broncos were in control the whole game until the end. The Wildcats scored six unanswered points as B-K fell 15-13. Addison McMurray had a kill to start the game, followed by Allie Barrus with three kills in the match. Young had a good day serving 3-3, and Dougherty served 2-2 with an ace.

  Stats included... see the Belmond Independent.