Belmond-Klemme traveled to Algona Garrigan on August 25 for opening night of varsity volleyball. The Broncos started out on top with a kill by Allie Barrus. The match went back and forth before BK regained the lead with another kill from Barrus. Broncos hitters remained strong with Quinn Gabrielson and Adasyn Lamb adding additional wins. A block from Lamb gave BK the lead again, 13-12, followed by a kill from Barrus that gave the Broncos their biggest lead, 14-12. Barrus left the game with an injury with a tie at 15, while the Broncos worked to readjust to the new rotation. The Broncos fought well, but fell 25-22.
In the second set, the Golden Bears took a 12-3 lead. Chloe Hobscheidt’s kill broke the score. Cloe Briggs served 4-4 to bring the Broncos back in the set, down 14-8. Hobscheidt added a block, followed by two kills from Lamb. The Broncos went into a run with kills from Hobscheidt and good serve from Briggs, but BK suffered a 25-19 loss.
In the third set, the Broncos took an early 4-1 lead with Lamb picking up the first kill of the set. Hobscheidt added three more kills, followed by an ace serve from Briggs as BK took their biggest lead of the night, 12-5. The hitters continued to dominate as Lamb and Gabrielson added four kills, and the Broncos won the set, 25-18.
The Broncos struggled to find their rhythm in the fourth set, trailing 8-1. Aubrey Eckhoff picked up his first ace, followed by London Young’s service ace. An Eckhoff kill gave BK another point, but the Broncos fell 25-10.
BK traveled to Clarion on August 27 for the first tournament of the season.
The Broncos had to fight back after leading 8-1 against South Hamilton. Aubrey Eckhoff set the tone with an ace serve followed by a kill. Adasyn Lamb added back-to-back eliminations to make it 10-8. An ace serve from London Young tied the game at 12. Middle hitter Chloe Hobscheidt had two kills and two ace serves to give the Broncos their first lead of the day, 16-14. Quinn Gabrielson and Lamb each had kills to extend the lead to 20-16. The Hawks fought back to tie the game 20-20 and ultimately took the win 24-22.
In the second set, the Broncos came out on fire and took a 5-1 lead. Lamb had three kills to give the Broncos confidence on the field. The Hawks came back and tied the game 12-12. Gabrielson turned the momentum with back-to-back wins to push BK back in the lead, 16-13. The Broncos continued to play with ace serves by Eckhoff and Gabrielson, and earned a 21-15 victory.
In the deciding game, the Hawks took a 4-2 lead. Good serve from Eckhoff, pulled the Broncos ahead 7-5. The Hawks regained the lead, however, and the Broncos had to fight to recover. Gabrielson added two kills, but the Broncos trailed, 15-13.
In Game 2, the Broncos faced host team Clarion-Goldfield-Dows.
The Cowgirls took an early 2-0 lead before the Broncos responded with a Quinn Gabrielson kill. An ace served by Chloe Hobscheidt tied the game at 2-2. Adasyn Lamb added two kills, but BK trailed 12-8. The Cowgirls had a five-run run before Gabrielson added another kill. With the Broncos trailing 16-10, Hobscheidt served 3-3 to bring the Broncos within three points. But that would be all the points BK would score as CGD won 21-13.
In the second set, the Cowgirls took a 6-2 lead before Emilie Dougherty got her first kill of the set. Back-to-back digs from Aubrey Eckhoff and Hobscheidt helped the Broncos draw to 9-7. The Broncos competed the rest of the set thanks to big hits from Lamb, Gabrielson and Dougherty, but ultimately fell short, 21-16.
In Game 3 of the tournament, the Broncos faced North Butler.
The Bearcats took a 3-1 lead to start the set. Emilie Dougherty’s ace, along with two kills from Adasyn Lamb, gave the Broncos a 9-8 lead. The BK hitters had a good game with kills from Chloe Hobscheidt, Lamb and Quinn Gabrielson. London Young served 3-3 to push the Broncos ahead 17-14. The Broncos won the set with a final kill by Lamb to win 21-14.
In the second set, Cloe Briggs tied the match 2-2 with an ace. The set went back and forth. A block from Gabrielson helped start a run and BK took a big lead, 12-6. Bailee Steenblock served 3-3, giving the Broncos their biggest 18-10 lead of the game. A Dougherty kill capped the 21-11 win.
The fourth game was played against Eagle Grove. Quinn Gabrielson started the start with a kill to give the Broncos the first lead. The Bronco hitters would have an outstanding set with kills from Adasyn Lamb, Chloe Hobscheidt and Gabrielson. With the set tied at 9-9, London Young delivered an ace serve to give the Broncos the lead. The set went back and forth before three straight aces from Hobscheidt gave the Broncos their biggest lead of the set, 18-13. A Lamb kill ended the set for the 21-14 win.
In the second set, Gabrielson and Lamb continued to have dominant performances in the front row with three kills. Gabrielson delivered an ace to put BK ahead 4-3. Young added another ace serve followed by a Lamb kill for a 16-11 lead. BK ended the set with three kills from Lamb and Gabrielson to take the win, 21-12.
The fifth game of the day was against Estherville Lincoln Central.
Chloe Hobscheidt started the match with an ace. Quinn Gabrielson added a kill before ELC started a six-point run to go ahead 10-5. Hobscheidt added another kill and block to pull BK to a point. The Broncos responded with another kill by Hobscheidt and two by Gabrielson. Hobscheidt served 5-5 to bring the Broncos within a point, 16-15. Adasyn Lamb tied the game with a kill, followed by Emilie Dougherty’s ace as BK took an 18-17 lead. The Broncos held on to claim the win, 21-18.
In the second set, the Broncos found themselves trailing 10-5 early. An ace serve from Gabrielson, followed by two aces from London Young gave the Broncos momentum. Lamb added a late block but that wouldn’t be enough as ELC won 21-17.
In the final set, Hobscheidt started the match with a block to give BK the lead. ELC rode 7-2 to overtake the Broncos, 7-3. The Broncos added kills by Young and Hobscheidt, but trailed 15-9.
In the final game of the day, the Broncos faced Clear Lake. Chloe Hobscheidt started the set with an ace serve. The Lions went on a 10-4 run before Hobscheidt had back-to-back wins. The Lions played exceptionally well, winning the first set 21-9.
In the second set, the Lions took a 2-0 lead before Hobscheidt had an ace serve. Adasyn Lamb and Quinn Gabrielson each recorded blocks at the net to bring BK within a point, 6-5. The Lions went on another run, taking the second set 21-10.