The Dallas Center Grimes Fillies played the Grinnell Tigers on Tuesday, Sept. 19. The Fillies won the match in just three set, with the victory, the Fillies bumped up their season record to 11-3.
The first set didn’t start out so well, though; the Tigers were able to get up 2-0 right away. It wasn’t until Katelyn Knudsen had a kill that the Fillies were leading 3-2. Knudsen followed her kill with a tip and from there the Fillies continued lead, widening the gap.
The Tigers stayed behind just two points though, until a good volley didn’t go over their side of the net putting the score at 7-5. The then Fillies scored on every serve up until the score was 11-5.
After the serving streak, the Fillies allowed the Tigers a couple more points, but still had a couple kills by Tiffany Denger and Hannah Ashley, bumping up the score to 14-7.
While they continued to tip and hit the ball over the next, the Fillies scored another six points on the Tigers while only allowing them two points (20-9).
The first set ended when Abby Greiman had a kill that flew to the back corner of the court. The Fillies started the match 1-0 when they won the first set 25-9.
The Tigers fought a little harder in the second set, yet the Fillies were able to go 5-0 before a missed served allowed the Tigers to get their first point.
The Tigers followed their first point with a missed serve of their own which allowed the Fillies to lead 6-1, but a Tiger kill dropped in the back court on the next served allowed them the possession again.
Although the Tigers scored two more points, two more kills by Knudsen and Jordan Cunningham put the Fillies at 9-4 and it didn’t look as though the Fillies would stop leading anytime soon.
After a good volley between the two teams, the Tigers were finally able to score another point on the Fillies when the ball fell on their side of the court, the score was now 12-5.
The Fillies held a seven point lead the majority of the rest of the second set, and to put the score at 18-11, Cunningham hit the ball right through a block built by the Tigers.
The end of the match neared and with a touch called against the Tigers after a kill by Cunningham, the Fillies led 23-13.
A second kill by Ashley put the Fillies just one point short of winning the set. Unfortunately, Cunningham’s kill went out on the next serve.
The Fillies were able to recover though, with a kill hit by Ashley that caught in a Tiger block, ending the second 25-14.
Again, in the third set, it took the Tigers many volleys until they scored their first point. Quickly, the Fillies were leading 8-1.
Although the Tigers had a free ball dropped, the Fillies followed with three of four missed plays putting the score at 9-4.
Soon enough, after an out-of-bounds kill by Ashley, the Tigers were following by just two points (11-9).
After a few more plays and a kill by Knudsen, the Fillies were finally able to widen the gap and put the score at 18-13.
The Fillies were just one point from winning the set, when Cunningham had two serves fall short allowing the Tigers to score their final two points.
Luckily though, on the Tigers’ serve, Denger was able to kill the ball giving the Fillies the win. The Fillies went 3-0 on the match when the third set ended 25-16.
The Fillies have an invitational in Nevada on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 9 a.m.