Eagles edge BGM in five sets
KEOTA — BGM stretched the Keota volleyball team to its limit, Monday.
The Eagles came out on top 3-2 after winning the first two sets by a combined four points and the fifth set by five points. The run that made this win possible was six unanswered points after Keota trailed the second set 24-20, giving the Eagles a 2-0 lead.
“We made a heck of a comeback in game two,” said head coach Dan Stout. “I give them a lot of credit. They played hard in the third and fourth games. They hit the ball hard. They were more aggressive than us. We got a lucky stretch in game two.”
The same situation happened Thursday against North Mahaska, with Stout’s team coming out on the losing side.
BGM dominated the next two sets 25-12 and 25-13.
“They hit the ball a lot harder than us early,” Stout said.
But Keota had a response. Senior Kelsi Sieren recorded a team-high 12 kills along with four kill errors. Junior Madison Sheetz matched her 12 kills to go with 10 kill errors.
“Definitely, we had to keep battling,” Sieren said.
In the final set, neither team led by more than four points until the final 15-10 deficient. There were four ties in the opening 14 points.
“We had to forget about the other two games,” Sieren said. “It didn’t matter anymore. We had to worry about the game we were in.”
The pressure was finally lifted for Keota with a game five win.
“It was awesome,” Sieren said. “I had to thank all my teammates for staying in it with me.”
Keota applied enough pressure for the win.
“The scrappier team got them in the end,” Stout said. “We were more aggressive in games one and five.”
The tension could be felt in the gym for the final set as both teams tried to avoid giving up a big run.
“I guess that is why you come out for athletics, because you want that pressure,” Stout said. “Our biggest thing that we concentrate on is not letting someone make a run. If you have a run of four or five points you are probably beat.”
When asked what changed from a convincing performance in game one to trailing for much of the next three games, Stout was at a loss for words.
“I don’t know,” he said. “If I could bottle that up I would be making a heck of a lot more money,” Stout said. “It’s momentum in these game.”
Sieren respects BGM after they pushed her team all night.
“They were a good team to battle,” Sieren said. “They found a lot of spots open on the floor and were hitting them.”
Junior Maggie Baker had nine kills and zero kill errors.
Junior Brooke Sieren had 21 digs. Junior Callie Greiner had 18 digs.
Sophomore Abby Schulte dished out 18 assists.
Keota moves on to play at Lynnville-Sully, Thursday, at 6 p.m.