Van Buren and Alma battle in a non-conference match.
Van Buren’s Mikelle Porter sets the play at the net Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, during the third game against Alma at Van Buren.
Van Buren volleyball coach Brent Reeves made a lineup switch last week.
Since then, the Lady Pointers have played two of their best matches.
Alex Dupree, Grace Dolittle and Madalyn Dolittle had seven kills apiece and new right-side hitter Bekah Olienyk added six kills as Van Buren defeated Alma, 25-14, 25-17, 25-16, at Clair Bates Arena Monday.
“Against Springdale the other day, right in the middle of that match we seemed to gel,” Reeves said. “We played well at the end of the Springdale match, and then they came in here tonight and really didn’t let up.”
The Lady Pointers coasted in the opener, blowing out to a 22-7 lead on the strength of three straight Dupree aces. The junior finished with six aces in all.
Grace Dolittle also finished with six aces.
The Airedalettes dug themselves another quick hole in the second game before fight back to tie the match at 9 on back-to-back Pointer hitting errors.
A pair of Grace Dolittle kills helped jump-start a 9-1 Pointer run as the Pointers never looked back.
“It’s a mental game,” Reeves said. “To keep the momentum going, that’s the biggest thing in volleyball.”
Grace Dolittle’s ace helped Van Buren build another fast start in the first third game. Down 11-5, Josephine Meinardus sparked a 3-0 run with a kill and two aces.
Alma was still within four (15-11) after Cassidy Bates and Rae Smith had back-to-back kills. Another kill by Meinardus pulled Alma within 17-13.
But Van Buren scored six of the next seven points to close out the match.
“I thought our offense was really balanced, and that’s big with volleyball,” Reeves said. “It gives you more options so the blockers can’t key on just one or two hitters.”
Meinardus and Smith led Alma with seven kills. Bates, who played well on the back row, finished with five kills and seven digs.
Alma’s Brown had 17 digs and Brooklyn Schultes finished with six digs.