NEVADA - The Ballard volleyball team had a solid day at the Nevada Invitational Saturday as the Bombers finished 3-2 to place fifth at the Nevada High School Field House.
Ballard went 2-2 in Pool B, then defeated Carroll in the fifth-place match to move its season record to 10-8.
Ballard whipped Carroll by scores of 25-9 and 25-12. Olivia Vier had eight kills, five digs, one block and one ace; Ana Vier seven kills, two blocks and one dig and Brandelle McGinn three kills for the Bombers.
Hannah Elliott finished with 19 assists and one kill, dig and ace apiece and Mykelann Gray delivered nine digs and two aces against Carroll. Carley Wilson finished with three aces, two digs, one block and one kill and Karlee Ahrenholtz two digs.
In pool play, Ballard swept Madrid and Carlisle.
The Bombers scored 21-12 and 21-14 victories over Madrid. Ana Vier came up with 12 kills, two blocks and two aces and Olivia Vier 10 kills, eight digs and three blocks in the win.
Elliott delivered 17 assists and four digs; Wilson two kills, two digs, one block and one ace and McGinn two kills and five digs. Gray ended up with 12 digs.
Ballard took out Carlisle by 21-8 and 21-15 scores. The Vier twins each had seven kills, six digs and two blocks and Ana also came up with three aces versus the Wildcats.
Wilson, McGinn and Cassie Smith each had one kill against Carlisle. Wilson also tallied two digs, one block and one ace; McGinn two digs and aces apiece and Smith two blocks.
Elliot delivered 18 assists, two digs, two aces and one kill against Carlisle. Ahrenholtz had five digs and Gray tacked on four.
The Bombers were swept by both eventual tournament champion, Dallas Center-Grimes, and Iowa Falls-Alden during pool play.
DCG, the No. 11 team in Class 4A, handed Ballard 21-9 and 21-13 losses. Olivia Vier delivered five kills and three digs and Wilson four kills and three digs against the Fillies.
Ana Vier totaled five digs and two kills, McGinn two kills and one dig and Elliott six assists and two digs against DCG. Gray came up with 11 digs and Ahrenholtz added one.
Iowa Falls-Alden handed Ballard 21-15 and 21-16 setbacks. Olivia Vier had eight kills and 10 digs; Ana Vier six kills, four digs and two blocks and Wilson two kills and four digs versus the Cadets.
Elliott added 15 assists and Gray 13 digs against Iowa Falls-Alden. McGinn, Smith and Ahrenholtz each came up with one dig apiece.
DCG swept West Marshall for the tournament championship. Nevada defeated Iowa Falls-Alden in three sets to place third.
HUXLEY - Ballard bounced back from its first Raccoon River Conference loss with a strong four-set win over Carroll Sept. 21 in Huxley.
The Bombers overcame a heartbreaking 27-25 loss in the opening set to move to 4-1 in the RRC and 7-6 overall. Ballard won the second set by a comfortable 25-17 margin, held on for a 25-22 win in the third, then took the fourth by a convincing 25-16 margin.
Led by the Vier twins — Olivia and Ana — Ballard turned in a strong .215 kill-efficiency rate with 51 kills and 20 errors in 144 attacks. The Bombers also had a quality block with 12 blocks and they went 94 of 98 serving with four aces and tacked on 94 digs.
Olivia Vier came up with 25 kills against only eight attack errors. She also had 18 digs, six blocks and two aces.
Ana Vier finished with 17 digs and only two attack errors. Ana also contributed four blocks and one dig.
Carley Wilson, Cassie Smith and Brandelle McGinn chipped in three kills apiece for Ballard. Wilson also had six digs, one block and one ace; Smith two digs and one block and McGinn four digs plus a 19 of 20 serving effort.
Hannah Elliott handed out 49 assists and came up with four digs and one ace. Mykelann Gray delivered 34 digs and one assist.
Karlee Ahrenholtz and Sarah Stolte also played well in the back row for Ballard. Ahrenholtz had 13 digs and Stolte 12.
ADEL - Ballard was dealt its first Raccoon River Conference loss in a painful manner Sept. 19 as the Bombers dropped a five set war with Adel-Desoto-Minburn at Adel in a battle for the top spot in the conference standings.
Ballard had the match under control after winning the first two sets by scores of 25-22 and 25-17. But ADM came back with a 25-21 win in the third set to stay alive, then dominated the fourth set, 25-16.
That set up a rally game to decide the match. Ballard regrouped from its rough outing in the fourth set to play well, but the Bombers came up just short in a 17-15 affair.
Ballard had 46 kills and 38 errors in 180 attacks. The Bombers finished with 108 digs and 11 blocks and they were a strong 100 of 103 serving with six aces.
ADM ended up with 45 kills and 18 errors in 137 attacks. The Tigers had five ace serves and they hurt Ballard with their block, piling up 16 blocks for the match.
Olivia Vier had 29 digs, 21 kills, one block, one assist and one ace for Ballard in a losing effort. Ana Vier recorded 14 kills against one attack error and she added seven blocks and six digs.
Carley Wilson had seven kills, nine digs and a perfect 19 of 19 serving effort for Ballard. Brandelle McGinn came up with two kills, four digs and two aces and Cassie Smith two blocks and one kill.
Hannah Elliott dished out 40 assists and added nine digs, one block and one kill. Mykelann Gray put up 36 digs, three aces and three assists; Karlee Ahrenholtz tallied 11 digs and Sarah Stolte finished with three.