Cline and Vice were the main options in set No. 2 with four kills each while key service runs from Riley Morgan and Livia Thomsen helped PV break open a set that was tied at 11 at one point. Vice had three of her kills during a 6-0 run that made it 17-11 before Bettendorf could get the serve back.
Bettendorf made a late push in the second set behind kills from Kaytlin Sowards, who led the Dogs with eight kills. But Wood had two aces in the final stretch to put away the middle set.
Pleasant Valley’s defense — led by Thomsen (15 digs), Morgan (11 digs) and Wood (11 digs) — kept the Dogs from making any big offensive runs. Bettendorf was within 14-12 in the third set but Wood and Morgan had diving digs that kept alive points that PV eventually won. Thomsen saved three more points during the Spartans’ final 11-1 run to close out the match.
“This is always a tough match, but our girls really responded,” PV coach Amber Hall said. “Some of the players have never played (a varsity) match in this gym and they did a great job of staying focused and doing their job. Bettendorf has some great blockers, but I thought our hitters did a great job of mixing up their shots and placing their shots and Kora, of course, found the right hitters.”
Overall, Pleasant Valley just appeared crisper than a Bulldogs team that had just one match since returning from a pandemic quarantine.