It is volleyball tournament time and the Pella Christian Eagles are feeling it. The Eagles made the trek across the river to visit Marion County neighbor, Pleasantville, Monday night and blew through the Pleasantville gym with the ferocity of a summer thunderstorm rolling through the county.

The Eagles came into the match with a record of 18-20 and needing two more wins just to get to .500. But playing in the rugged Little Hawkeye Conference left them battle tested and ready for the Class 2-A tournament trail. After disposing of the I-35 Roadrunners last week, Pleasantville was the next stop.

The final score of the match was a 3-game sweep for PC 25-8, 25-18 and 25-17.

The Trojans made a determined bid to gain a win in game three, but they could never gain a lead. Twice the Trojans battled back to tie the score and midway through the game they trailed by only two at 11-9. The Eagles then hit a 6-1 run to stretch their lead to 17-10 on their way to a 25-17 win.

Trojan Coach Joel Allman commented,“The tempo of the game was fast,” Allman said. “They got us out of sync and took us out of the game. We knew they were good and we told our kids that this was not a .500 team. We were not able to adjust in game one, but we bounced back and played better in games two and three. We finished at 16-9 and that is the best Pleasantville record in many years.”

More details on this story next week

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