In the opening match of what will be their toughest week of the season, the Pella Christian volleyball team started strong, defeating Oskaloosa 3-1. The Indians came out swinging in the opening game, downing the Lady Eagles 25-20. Pella Christian quickly recovered, though, taking the next three games from Oskaloosa by the scores of 25-13, 25-21, and 25-13.
Defense was key in the Lady Eagles’ success, as Jenna Horstman recorded 6 blocks at the net, while teammate Ashley Van Kooten led Pella Christian in digs, with 33. Meredith Fopma added 21 digs on defense, while she and Horstman battered the Oskaloosa defense with 10 kills apiece. Setter Sarah Faber recorded 32 assists, and tied with Ranae DeBruin for the team-high in aces; with 4.
Head Coach John Evenhouse said he was pleased with the way the girls performed in every aspect of the match, adding that defeating strong clubs like Oskaloosa will better prepare them to be successful in the postseason. Pella Christian now carries an 18-4 overall record entering Thursday’s match with cross-town rival Pella High. The match will likely decide the Little Hawkeye Conference title, as both squads will enter the match unbeaten in league play.