by Jodi Turner

  In the first round of district volleyball Oct. 19, Belmond-Klemme hosted West Fork.

  The Broncos were the first to score on a kill by Madi Barrus, followed up by 2-2 serving by Jennah Meyer. The Warhawks battled early before Madi Barrus added another kill to give the Broncos a 7-5 lead. Kenedie Gabrielson followed up with great serving, going 2-2 as the Broncos held on to a tight lead. Meyer had back-to-back kills, but WF came back to tie the game at 11. Allie Barrus had two ace serves, going 5-5, to push the B-K lead to 16-11. An outstanding dig by Maddison Dougherty and a kill by Addison McMurray allowed the Broncos to push the lead to 19-11. McMurray added another kill, followed by Ashlynn Willm’s perfect 2-2 serving as B-K jumped to the largest lead of the night, and claimed victory 25-14.

  In the second set, Meyer started off with an ace serve, followed by a McMurray kill, and B-K jumped to a 3-1 lead. The Warhawks battled back, taking over the lead 8-6. B-K played catch up for the remainder of the game. The Broncos just could not get into the rhythm, as WF won 25-15.

  In set three, the Broncos found themselves in a hole, 4-3, before Madi Barrus had a kill to tie the game. An error by WF gave B-K their first lead, and the Broncos never looked back. McMurray added another kill, followed by Madi Barrus and Allie Barrus. Gabrielson served a perfect 4-4 as the Broncos went up 20-15. London Young delivered an ace, along with back-to-back kills by Meyer as B-K took the set 25-16.

  In the final set, the Broncos would take the first point on a kill by Madi Barrus, followed by Gabrielson’s kill. The Broncos jumped to a 7-2 lead before ace serve by Young and Madi Barrus gave the home squad a larger lead, 13-7. The Bronco hitters dominated the rest of the game with four kills by Allie Barrus, two by McMurray and a kill by Gabrielson. The Broncos took their first district win in years, 25-18.

  Stat leaders included: Madi Barrus with 21 digs, and seven kills; McMurray with seven kills; Meyer was 18-18 serving; Young had 20 assists; and Allie Barrus served three aces.

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  The Broncos traveled to Aplington-Parkersburg for the second round of district games.

  In the first set, Madi Barrus and Kenedie Gabrielson started the game with kills to tie the game 2-2. The Falcons pulled ahead 5-2 before a double block by Gabrielson and Madi Barrus gave B-K a side out. The Broncos play great defense, as Maddison Dougherty, Allie Barrus and Madison Barrus each had digs early to save the point. Another block by Jennah Meyer and Allie Barrus gave the Broncos momentum, even as they trailed 12-9. The Bronco struggled to get any closer. Allie Barrus and Madi Barrus each had a kill, but the Falcons took the set 25-15.

  The Broncos started off on the right foot in the second with Meyer’s kill. A set from London Young to Meyer gave B-K another kill, as they trailed 6-3. The Broncos were not ready to give up fighting, as kills by Gabrielson, Madi Barrus, and Addison McMurray pushed the score to 12-11. B-K took advantage of Falcon errors, staying with A-P for the rest of the game. Nice digs by Madi Barrus and Dougherty helped B-K stay alive. Bronco hitters took advantage of A-P blockers with kills by Madi Barrus and Meyer to tie the game, 19-19. A kill by Madi Barrus gave B-K the lead again, 21-20. Bronco serving was key late – perfect serving by Allie Barrus (2-2) and Meyer (1-1) took the score to 24-23. The Broncos continued to swing hard, but the ball just wouldn’t fall inbounds. B-K took the tough loss, 26-24.

  In the final set, the Falcons dominated early on. B-K had some great hits by McMurray and Madi Barrus, but trailed 10-3. B-K just couldn’t get into a rhythm as a lone kill by Allie Barrus would be the last point scored by B-K, 25-5.

  Stat leaders included.... read the entire story in the Belmond Independent