by Jodi Turner

  Belmond-Klemme opened up district volleyball play Oct. 18 against Eagle Grove in Luick Memorial Gymnasium.

  The Broncos jumped to an early 2-0 lead with a kill and ace by Allie Barrus. B-K continued to stay ahead with good defense by Bailee Steenblock and a kill by Emilie Dougherty. Jennah Meyer served 3-3 to give the Broncos a 8-3 advantage. Good hitting continued, thanks to London Young who set up Adasyn Lamb and Barrus for kills. With the Broncos ahead 24-12, Lamb ended the set with a solo block.

  Meyer led her team with back-to-back kills in the second set, followed by back-to-back ace serves as B-K took the lead 8-2. The Broncos were tough again on defense. Aubrey Eckhoff’s dig set up a Young kill as the Broncos stayed ahead 11-3. Barrus showed her power with a kill and an ace serve as the Broncos take the largest lead of the set, 17-6. Bronco hitters brought home the win with Dougherty and Barrus finishing with kills, as the Broncos won 25-9.

  B-K let the Eagles back in the game in the third set – tying the score 4-4 and 5-5 – before taking over and never looking back. Lamb added a kill, followed by back-to-back kills by Barrus as B-K led 11-6. Great serving by Barrus (two aces), Meyer (one ace), and Ashlynn Willms (one ace) helped the Broncos take the third set 25-15.

  The Broncos travelled to Denver in the second round of district play. The Cyclones were the state runner-up in Class 2A last year and were sixth in this year’s rankings.

  The host team made it difficult for the Broncos to score with tough serving and big blocks. Adasyn Lamb added the first kill of the set when the score was 22-4, as Denver won 25-4.

  London Young had a great dig, setting up Emilie Dougherty for her first kill as the Broncos trailed 5-3 early in the second set. Ashlynn Willms served 2-2 and Allie Barrus added her first kill as the Cyclones pulled ahead 16-6. Lamb added a late serving ace, followed by Jennah Meyer collecting her first kill, but Denver took the set, 25-11.

  The Broncos found themselves ahead 1-0 and tied 3-3 in the third set after Aubrey Eckhoff’s ace serve. Denver took over the lead, 8-3, before Meyer had her second kill. With the score 10-5, Allie Barrus had back-to-back kills. The Broncos had some great digs on defense by Bailee Steenblock and Barrus set up Meyer for two more kills. But it wouldn’t be enough as the Broncos season came to an end, 25-12.