By Sam Parsons
Oskaloosa hit the road for a short trip to Pella yesterday looking to improve upon their 2-1 conference record and build upon their back-to-back 5-set wins, but ran into a buzzsaw in the form of the 14th ranked Pella Dutch.
The night featured plenty of competitive volleyball between the two squads, but each set included one massive run by Pella. In the first set, the run happened right away: Pella jumped out to an 11-2 lead and cruised the rest of the way to a 25-17 victory in the set, going back-and-forth with the Indians.
The second set was a mirror image of the first. Osky and Pella dueled back and forth until the Indians led 17-15, and Pella proceeded to finish the set on a 10-1 run to win 25-18 and go up 2-0.
The third set looked promising for the Indians for a while. They led 16-9 and appeared poised to make it 2-1, but the Dutch proceeded to embark on their most impressive run of the night, scoring 11 consecutive points, surrendering one on a service error, and then closing the set with 5 straight points on top of that to make it a 16-1 run that gave Pella the set victory 25-17. That completed the sweep for Pella, 3-0.
The Indians (9-10) will visit Newton for their penultimate conference match next Tuesday.