The Van Meter Bulldogs volleyball team hosted the AC/GC Chargers on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The Bulldogs boosted their season record to 5-3 when they won the match in three-straight sets.
“So far the beginning of our season has been a bit of a roller coaster,” said coach Ed Brogean, “we’ve changed the lineup quite a few times and we’re still messing with it a little bit just to find those connections. We have a very young sophomore/junior loaded team, a lot of girls that don’t have a ton of experience on the court yet, so we’re working through some kinks.”
The Chargers started the match with the first point. The game started with a great volley, but the Chargers earned the point when the Bulldogs were called for touching the net.
The Bulldogs then came back with a kill to tie up the set. The Bulldogs got the lead on the next play when the ball dropped on the Chargers’ side of the court.
The Bulldogs’ lead didn’t last long, and soon the score was 4-2 with the Chargers leading.
Sophie Volk brought the Bulldogs back up to tie the set 4-4 when she had a kill, but unfortunately, her next kill was blocked and the Chargers gained the lead again.
The score then went back and forth until the Chargers had an offensive kill fall on their side of the net. This point put the Bulldogs up 13-11.
With Aubrey Artzer serving, the Bulldogs continued to lead for another few volleys. With a missed serve, though, the Chargers got the ball back and the score was 16-12.
The Bulldogs quickly gained the ball back, and soon they had the 23-17 lead. The Bulldogs served the final two volleys of the first set, but it was the Chargers pass that flew out-of-bounds that ended the set 25-17.
The Bulldogs got the lead immediately in the second set when the Chargers had two out-of-bound balls on the first two serves.
The Chargers continued to send balls out allowing the Bulldogs to quickly lead 11-5. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the Chargers finally got the ball back after a pass went out.
The Chargers were then able to catch up as the Bulldogs continued to send passes and kills outside of the court. Soon the Bulldogs led by a mere two points, 11-9.
The Bulldogs continued to lead throughout the set, but just by a few points.
The Chargers were able to catch up and after tying at 15-15 the Bulldogs had the possession again. Finally, with a tip by Bulldog Maggi Braun, the Bulldogs led by two points again (17-15).
When the Bulldogs allowed a ball to drop on their side of the net, the Chargers began to serve the ball. The Chargers started serving when the score was 19-16, and with the several missed balls on the Bulldogs’ side of the court, the Chargers soon took the lead at 20-19.
With a couple more plays and with a blocked kill, the Bulldogs were able to switch possession to tie up the game at 23-23.
On the next volley, Braun pushed the ball over the net putting the score at 24-23. The second set was won when Volk spiked the ball from the back court.
The Bulldogs went into the third set winning 2-0 over the Chargers. They started the set off with a two point lead when a kill fell far into the Chargers’ back court and was followed by an out-of-bounds kill hit by the Chargers.
It didn’t take long for the Bulldogs to lead 8-0. The Bulldogs only allowed the Chargers three points before a kill by Emma Davis allowed them to lead 14-3.
The Bulldogs continued to lead the set, only allowing the Chargers a few points from kills and missed serves..
The match ended when the Chargers had a four-hit call on the last volley. The Bulldogs won the set 25-16.
“Tonight, the girls definitely showed up and I think the lineup and rotation we had today was pretty solid,” Brogean said, “we were hitting spots, we were serving aggressive and overall being aggressive. That we haven’t seen consistently so far this season. We’re hoping that we’re moving forward and doing that the rest of the year.”
The three-set victory put the Bulldogs at a 5-3 record. Their next match will be on Thursday, Sept. 14 against Des Moines Christian at 7 p.m.