You might as well call them the come back kids. That would accurately describe the Van Meter volleyball team Tuesday night as they welcomed in conference foe Ogden.
It was a constant come from behind battle for the Bulldogs but time after time they pulled through to win in five sets 3-2. The Bulldogs fell in set one 25-22, stole set two 25-16, faltered in set three 27-25, but claimed the match win with a 25-14 set four win and capped off with a 15-8 set five win.
The come from behind theme began right away in set number one where the Bulldogs fell into an early 2-7 set one deficit. Van Meter then proceeded to outscore Ogden 8-4 which brought the set to a 14-12 score in favor of Ogden. That unfortunately would be the closest Van Meter would come to winning the set and Ogden would take the opening set 25-22.
The second set surge was spurred on by a fantastic serve performance by Keslie Van Pelt who rattled off nine straight points for the Bulldogs to give them a 15-10 lead. That would then lead to the 25-16 set two victory.
Set three was a call and response type set all the way up until Ogden pulled away up 17-14 which led to a long set win 27-25. Set three proved to be the toughest and tightest set with no team holding a lead greater than for set points.
Set four is where the hometown Bulldogs broke away as they tied up the match at two sets a piece with a 25-14 win. That led to a fast set five start where the Bulldogs never looked back from. They started out early and cruised to a 15-8 win to wrap up their fourth win of the season.
The game as a whole highlighted the comeback spirit of the Bulldogs, something Bulldog head coach Ed Brogean and his team have been working on.
“One thing these girls have been good about has been when they get backed into a corner they fight back,” began Brogean. “Tonight they were able to stay calm and recognize their opportunities to strike and they took full advantage which turned out great in the end.”
The win showcased a lot of what the Bulldogs are and can be capable of, including finishing matches.
“Tonight showed that we are good enough to win matches late and that we are capable of overcoming obstacles,” said Brogean.
Abby Archer led the way in kills with 13 while the leader in assists for the game went to senior Lindsey Golwitzer who claimed 43 assists on the night. Two players earned over twenty digs for the game with sophomore Emma Braun claiming the team lead for the night with 23 digs while senior Emma Davis earned 20 for the match. Davis, Golwitzer, and Keslie Van Pelt all tied for the team lead in aces for the evening with two.
Next on the docket for the Bulldogs will be tournament action on Thursday, September 13 at Des Moines High School. It will be a chance to not only grab a w for the win column, but so much more for coach Brogean.
“Right now while most teams have nearly 20 games under their belts, we have nine so this will be a good chance to get even more experience,” said Brogean. “I’m really not looking for wins and loses, I’m looking for how our team functions against some of the better teams in the state. I’m looking for how we continue to improve with our serve-receive and our overall consistency.”
On the schedule right now, the Bulldogs will be set to take on Grinnell, Mount Ayr, Des Moines Christian, and Newton.