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Arrows sweep Eagles to improve to 2-0

EDGERTON -- The Pipestone Area volleyball team continued its winning ways with a 3-0 victory over Southwest Christian Tuesday.

The Arrows won 25-22, 25-17 and 25-17 to improve to 2-0 this season.

"I thought we played pretty well as a team," Pipestone Area head coach Todd Texley said. "Our defense and passing came around tonight, which enabled us to run a little better offense. If we pass well, then we can mix up our offense and it's hard for a team to block us."

Nicole Buysse led the way for the Arrows with 10 kills.

She also led the way with two solo blocks, which was a key for the Arrows.

"I thought once we started getting a block on their hitters, it helped us," Texley said. "The first game I thought they were hitting pretty well, and we finally blocked (Kelsey) Van Dyke a little bit, and I thought that helped us. It was a confidence booster, which helps our defense."

For the Eagles (1-1), Van Dyke had 17 kills, while Angie Vermeer had 16.

"We strung some good plays together and I thought we battled and competed with them," Southwest Christian head coach Dan Broekhuis said. "In game 1, we didn't quite serve well enough to get any momentum, and basically, once they got going, they are a tough team to stop."

The serving picked up for the Eagles as Van Dyke and Vermeer each had seven aces.

In the first game, Faith Tinklenberg, who ended with eight kills, had two consecutive kills to give the Arrows a 9-4 lead in the early going.

The Eagles battled back after trailing by as many as eight to bring the score to 23-22.

A serve in the net and a lift call by the Eagles gave the Arrows the game one victory, 25-22.

In the second game, Van Dyke had two kills in the early going to give the Eagles an early lead.

They would hold a lead until PA's Chelsey Evans' perfectly placed tip tied the score at 13.

"I thought in game 2 I saw them get a little bit disgruntled, they had some balls drop between people," Broekhuis said. "I thought we had them reeling a little bit, and we have to put the pressure on them. But we weren't able to put the pressure on them, but I thought there were three or four times it looked like they were starting to make some errors and we didn't capitalize."

SWC could manage only four more points in the game.

"They are a good team, they aren't going to make errors for that long," Broekhuis said. "I was hoping they would make a few more hitting mistakes. They hit the ball hard, and they really did not make many hitting mistakes."

Leading by two games, the Arrows finished off the Eagles with another 25-17 victory in game three to win the match.

"Overall, I would have liked to get a game out of them," Broekhuis said. "I think it would have been nice to win a game, but our girls felt like they competed."

For the Arrows, Texley said the job of his setter, Meghan Visker, was a key in the victory.

"Our setter did a lot better job," Texley said. "It's only her second game setting, so she's tremendously improved over our first game. She's setting a good ball, and it's easier to hit."

Visker ended with 41 sets on the night.

On the opposite side, Emily Prins and Kayla Broekhuis each had 33 sets on the night.

The Arrows will be in action again on Thursday at Redwood Valley in their conference opener, while the Eagles will host Fulda on Thursday.

"We're solid at everything. We're not really great at anything, and I hope that will make us win some more matches," Broekhuis said.