The Pella Christian volleyball team had a battle on their hands to start the 2016 conference season on the road, and they edged Oskaloosa in five sets (25-21, 25-19, 23-25, 21-25, 16-14) last night.
In a sticky, humid gym, the Eagles fought hard for wins in the first two sets, but inconsistency in serving, defense, and offense at different times put them into comeback mode in their set three and four losses. The Eagles were on the wrong side of match point in the fifth as well before a Natalie Vos ace–sandwiched by two clutch blocks, got them conference victory number one.
Head Coach John Evenhouse was impressed with the focus shown in numerous comeback attempts made by the team despite plenty of inconsistent play throughout.
“It’s a real good concentration thing, and we’ve been talking about that” he says. “I don’t think we served real sharply but we served better than we did Saturday.”
Pella Christian was led by 24 kills from Junior Bekah Horstman and three aces from Maddie Zula. Sarah Posthuma had the match-winning block and three other kills in the final set. They improve to 2-3 and travel to No. 15 in Class 2A Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont on Thursday.