In their final weekend excursion of the regular season, the Van Meter volleyball team put forth a steady does of great performances to earn a 4-1 record at the tournament in Martensdale Saturday, October 6.
In five total matches the Bulldogs took wins over Earlham, host Martensdale-St. Marys, Murray, and Pleasantville while their only loss of the weekend came against Class 1A’s seventh ranked Montezuma.
Out of the eleven sets played on Saturday, Van Meter lost just three of those with one set loss to conference foe Earlham, and a two set loss to Montezuma. The Bulldogs avenged an earlier season loss to Earlham on Saturday by a two set-to-one final. Van Meter took the first set in close fashion 21-19 before Earlham came back and defeated the Bulldogs in set two 21-18. The Bulldogs fired back to claim the match win 15-12 in set two. Sophomore digs machine Emma Braun had her best digs performance of the weekend against Earlham with 15 digs.
The next two matches fell in favor of the Bulldogs by 2-0 set sweeps. Van Meter held host Martensdale-St. Marys to no more than 13 points in either set as they stole the show 21-13 and 21-12. The Bulldogs turned it up a notch against non-conference foe Murray with a 21-9 set one win and a 21-11 set two win. The victory was helped in large part by senior Lindsey Golwitzer who hammered out a weekend high 17 assists while fellow senior Abby Archer collected four of the teams five aces for the match.
In their lone loss of the weekend, the Bulldogs couldn’t quite find their normal footing in the opening set against Montezuma, falling 21-12. A resurgence helped Van Meter to make set two competitive but still the Bulldogs fell 21-18. Van Meter was held to 12 kills and 12 assists for the match with just three aces which were put forth by Emma Braun. The resilience of the Bulldogs came out strong and in the match-up against Pleasantville, the Bulldogs stole the show in set on 21-12 while holding off a late rally in set two to take the match 24-22. The Bulldogs put up an impressive 20 kill, 16 assist, and 13 dig match as they claimed their 15th win overall and their 11th win in the past 14 matches.
Next up for the Bulldogs will wrap up the regular season with a conference contest against the 15-9 Woodward-Granger Hawks who look to add on to their 7-1 conference mark. The Bulldogs and the Hawks will get things started Thursday, October 11 with first serve at 7 p.m.