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Ballard sweeps Boone at triangular meet: Bombers fall to B-F in RRC match

Joe Randleman
Tri-County Times
Ava Ashworth

BOONE - The Ballard volleyball team split a triangular with Boone and Humboldt Sept. 10.

The Bombers swept Raccoon River Conference rival Boone by scores of 25-22, 25-16 and 25-12. They more than doubled up Boone in kills (40 to 19) and had a 20.9-percent efficiency rate to Boone’s 4.4 percent.

Ava Ashworth had 12 kills, Cecilia Christensen stepped up with 10 and Carley Wilson added nine for Ballard against Boone. Ashworth also had 12 digs and one block, Christensen four digs and two blocks and Wilson 10 digs and two blocks.

Molly Houge finished with 16 digs, Brynna Huen handed out 15 assists and Kaylee Van Pelt tallied 14 assists. Houge also had six assists, Huen eight digs and Van Pelt  seven digs and two kills.

Ashworth was the Bombers’ top server against Boone, going 18 of 22 with three aces. Wilson was 7 of 9 with two aces, Houge 7 of 8 with one ace and Van Pelt 17 of 18.

In the loss to Humboldt the Bombers rebounded from a 25-13 loss in the first set to win a 26-24 thriller in the second. But they struggled in the rally game, falling by a 15-6 score.

Ballard only had a kill efficiency of 8.5-percent with 25 kills against Humboldt. Humboldt had an efficiency rate of 16.2 percent and 33 kills.

Humboldt was also 100-percent accurate on all of its serves with four aces to Ballard’s two.

Ashworth had 14 digs and nine kills, Wilson 10 digs and four kills and Christensen five kills and four digs against Humboldt. Houge finished with 14 digs and two assists, Huen 12 assists and four digs and Van Pelt five assists, eight digs and one kill.

Natalie Maher and Maya Baker chipped in two kills and one block apiece.

Ashworth was 10 of 11 serving with one ace and Wilson 6 of 7 with an ace against Humboldt. Houge went 12 of 13 and Van Pelt 7 of 7.

The split put Ballard at 2-4 overall and 2-1 in the RRC.

 

BONDURANT- Ballard came up short in a Raccoon River Conference road match at Bondurant-Farrar Sept. 8.

The Bombers fell to the Bluejays in four sets. They suffered a 25-22 loss in the opener, won the second, 25-22, dropped the third in a 25-21 battle then took a 25-20 loss in set four to drop the match and fall to 1-1 in the conference and 1-3 overall.

Ballard had 39 kills with a 12.4 efficiency rate compared to Bondurant-Farrar’s 46 kills on 27.4-percent efficiency. The Bombers had seven aces on 91-percent serving compared to the Bluejays’ 12 aces on 88-percent accuracy.

Bondurant-Farrar also hurt Ballard with a strong block. The Bluejays totaled 12 kills to just four for the Bombers.

Brynna Huen had 15 assists, three digs and one kill and Kaylee Van Pelt 14 assists, eight digs, four kills and one ace for Ballard. Ava Ashworth finished with 11 kills and 23 digs, Carley Wilson 10 kills, 11 digs and six aces and Brooklyn Baumgardner six kills and one block.

Cecilia Christensen tacked on five kills and digs apiece plus one assist, Natalie Maher two kills and one block and Molly Houge 22 digs.

Kendall Anderson led Bondurant-Farrar with 20 kills. Tori Anderson handed out 44 assists and tallied 20 digs, Chloe Little had 15 digs and 13 kills and Skylar Mullen 25 digs and five aces for the Bluejays.