BY JOHN BOHNENKAMP
FORT MADISON – Kent Bailey saw his Fort Madison High School volleyball team down one game, and behind by 11 points in the second.
“I figured, ‘Well, it’s going to take five games to win,’” Bailey said.
It took four.
The Bloodhounds, playing at home for the first time this season, roared back to win the second game of Tuesday’s match against Mount Pleasant, then took the next two in the 16-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-20 victory.
“Thankfully, volleyball is a game of runs, and we made that run to come back,” Bailey said.
Mount Pleasant took an early 5-1 lead in the second game and extended that margin to 18-7 after a kill from Avery Sutter.
But the Bloodhounds had an answer. Trailing 19-9, they scored six consecutive points, three on kills from Jillian Wiseman.
“I think we just started playing together,” said Wiseman, who led the Bloodhounds with 21 kills. “And our passing was a lot better.”
“We quit making errors, and stopped beating ourselves,” Bailey said. “And they made a few mistakes too, which helped.”
The Bloodhounds trailed 23-20, then scored the final five points of the game, with Kailyn Guzman and Reyna Lampe each having kills in that run.
Fort Madison dominated the third game, leading 22-14, before Mount Pleasant went on a 5-0 run. But the Bloodhounds closed out the game with the final three points, the last two coming on aces from Lauren Bailey.
Mount Pleasant built a 13-9 lead in the fourth game before the Bloodhounds scored eight of the next nine points.
Fort Madison finished the match by scoring the final four points. Wiseman had two kills in that stretch and Anna Lynk had one. Lynk’s tip on match point fell to the court, and the Bloodhounds celebrated.
“It was a pretty big win for us,” Wiseman said. “It was our first home match, and we wanted to play well.”
Wiseman was dominating — she also had 18 digs and two blocks.
But Lampe had 10 kills, Lynk had eight and Guzman had seven.
“(Wiseman) obviously does so much for us,” Kent Bailey said. “But we had a lot of other contributions tonight.”
Lauren Bailey had 44 assists and 11 digs. Nadia Boeding had 19 digs. Gracie Pumphrey had 14 digs and Madison Pirri had 12. Pumphrey had four aces and Jenna Jones had three.
Fort Madison moved to 4-10 overall, 1-2 in the Southeast Conference.“We’ve played against a lot of teams that made us look exceedingly short,” Bailey quipped about the Bloodhounds’ early schedule. “Tonight was a good win for us.”