INDIANOLA - The Ballard volleyball team picked up one victory in four matches at the Indianola Invitational Saturday.
The Bombers defeated Coon Rapids-Bayard in three sets. They lost the first set, 25-20, came back with a 25-20 win of their own in set two, then claimed a 15-12 triumph in the rally game.
Ballard lost to Indianola, Clarinda and Fort Dodge in straight sets in their other matches in the tournament as its overall record went 5-21 at the end of the day. The Bombers suffered 21-4 and 21-12 setbacks at the hands of Indianola, 21-9 and 21-17 losses to Clarinda and 21-13 and 21-14 defeats by Fort Dodge.
Carley Wilson had 15 kills, 11 digs, three aces and one assist and Czech Republic exchange student Anna Krejcarova stepped up with 14 kills, four digs, two blocks and two assists during the tournament for Ballard. Molly Houge had 32 digs and two assists; Hannah Elliott 18 assists, four digs and one assist and Brynna Huen nine assists and two digs.
Sara Stolte chipped in 14 digs; Karlee Ahrenholtz seven digs and two assists; Ava Ashworth eight kills, five digs, three blocks and one assist and Natalie Maher four blocks, three kills and two digs. Hailey Battani added eight digs, Aviah Taylor four kills and two blocks and Allison Vetter one kill, block and dig apiece.
PERRY - Ballard had its most successful evening of the season Oct. 4 at the Perry Invitational.
Entering the tournament with just one victory on the season, the Bombers went 3-1 on the evening. They defeated Des Moines Hoover, Perry and Saydel and came up short against a powerful Roland-Story team.
Ballard swept Hoover by 21-16 and 21-18 scores and Perry by 21-19 and 21-12 margins. The Bombers took Saydel down in three sets, winning the first by a 21-18 decision, suffering a 21-14 setback in the second, then claiming a decisive 15-6 win in the rally game.
Roland-Story overpowered Ballard by scores of 21-8 and 21-17.
For the tournament, Anna Krejcarova had 12 kills, seven digs and one assist and Carley Wilson 11 digs, nine kills, one block and one ace. Hannah Elliott finished with 29 assists, three aces, two digs and one kill and Molly Houge 23 digs and seven aces.
Brynna Huen tacked on 11 assists, four digs and two aces and Natalie Maher seven kills, two assists, one block and one dig. Karlee Ahrenholtz finished with eight digs and two assists; Sarah Stolte six digs and one kill; Aviah Taylor three kills, two blocks and one dig and Ava Ashworth three kills, three digs and one ace.
Allison Vetter added two kills and digs apiece, Cecilia Christensen four kills and Maya Baker one kill and one ace.
HUXLEY - Ballard made a nice attempt at a comeback against Carlisle Oct. 2, but the Bombers ran out of gas late in a four-set loss to the Wildcats on senior night at Huxley.
Ballard was competitive in the first two sets, but lost both by respective 25-22 and 25-20 scores. Facing elimination, the Bombers jumped out to a 10-5 lead in the third set behind a strong serving stretch from Carley Wilson, who had two aces during the run.
Ballard’s lead eventually grew to 15-9, but Carlisle came back to even things up at 16-16. But Ballard refused to fold.
The Bombers took a 22-19 lead on an Aviah Taylor kill, and then two Wildcat errors increased the lead to five. Carlisle eventually pulled within 24-23, but the Wildcats made another mistake to give Ballard a 25-23 victory and force a fourth set.
In the fourth set, Carlisle retook the momentum. Ballard fell behind 13-4 and never recovered in a 25-13 to lose the match and fall to 1-5 in the Raccoon River Conference.
“We had a lot of individual success at points during the game,” Ballad head volleyball coach Shannon Wilhem said. “Just finding ways to tie that all in to a full match and doing it every play is what we’ll be building on.”
Wilson had 12 kills, four digs, two aces and one block in the match. Anna Kerjcarova, an exchange student from the Czech Republic, came up huge for Ballard in her first varsity start with nine kills.
Hannah Elliott had 19 assists and two digs, Molly Houge nine digs and one ace, Aviah Taylor four kills and two blocks and Brynna Huen five assists and one dig. Karlee Ahrenholtz chipped in five digs and one ace, Taiylor Wright two kills and one dig, Ava Ashworth and Allison Vetter one kill apiece, Cecilia Christensen one block, Natalie Maher one ace and Sara Stolte two digs.
“Individually, a lot of players had really good moments across the board,” Wilhelm said. “Our senior setter (Elliott) stepped up tonight, our libero — Molly Houge — really stepped up tonight and our foreign exchange student — Anna — went from not playing any varsity to starting tonight and really proved herself.”
Molly Hoekstra and Meredith Hoffman were the dominant forces for Carlisle during the match. Hoekstra had 22 kills, 14 digs, two aces and two blocks and Hoffman 17 kills, 10 digs, two blocks and one assist.