Takeaways from the Ballard volleyball team's loss to A-D-M
The Ballard volleyball team took on Adel-Desoto-Minburn in its Raccoon River Conference opener Aug. 31 at Adel. The Bombers fell in four sets. They suffered 25-16 and 25-19 losses in the first two sets, won the third by a 25-23 and then were dealt a 25-22 loss in the fourth set to drop the match. The loss put Ballard at 1-2 on the season. Here are key takeaways from the match:
The Bombers struggled with serve receive
Ballard had more kills (33-29) an a better kill-efficiency (9.9 to 7.9 %), but still came up short in four sets. The Bombers gave up 15 aces and only had five of their own. A-D-M also hurt them at the net on defense, recording 20 blocks.
Baumgardner and Scherder are coming along on offense
Outside hitter Ava Ashworth continued to lead Ballard offensively with 11 kills against A-D-M. But middle blocker Brooklyn Baumgardner stepped up with eight kills and five blocks and Rylee Scherder added five kills and 10 digs for Ballard in a losing effort.
Askelsen and Baker are settling in at setter
Rylee Askelsen and Ally Baker combined for 31 assists at setter against A-D-M. They are taking over for Brynna Huen and Kaylee Van Pelt as the new setters for Ballard this season.