Volleyball season is finally underway in Dallas County. The Dallas Center-Grimes volleyball team began their season by hosting an invitational at DC-G Meadows Gym in Grimes on Tuesday.
The Fillies are off to a good start, going 3-1 at the season-opening invitational defeating PCM, Monroe 2-1, Algona 2-0 and Fort Dodge 2-0 and losing to Southeast Polk 2-0. DC-G coach Cheryl Voelker said that she was pretty happy with the way things went for the Fillies in their first four matches.
"There are definitely some things we need to work on and this was a good tournament to kind of identify those, you know, some of the things we need to work on," Voelker said.
Voelker was experimenting with rotations for substitutions and replacements throughout the tournament and thought she found a good one, but not until after the match against Southeast Polk.
"I’d like to have that Southeast Polk game again," Voelker said. "We’re still working on a lineup and trying to put players next to each other and trying to identify who plays well with who and… I think it’s a pretty good rotation, what we ended with. We didn’t have that rotation against them (Southeast Polk)."
Even though Souhteast Polk swept the Fillies in two-straight sets, the Fillies didn’t lay down for them and played both sets close with the Rams. The Rams won the first set 22-20 and then won the second set 27-25 before taking first place at the invitational.
"That was a good match against Southeast Polk that we had," Voelker said. "It was a close match."
The invitational had two pools of four teams who played against each other once in different gyms. After pool play, the top teams from each pool played against each other for first place at the tournament.
The Fillies went 2-1 in pool play and played against Algona in their final match of the evening and won 2-0 for third place. The Fillies dominated the first set against Algona winning 21-10 but the second set was much closer with the Fillies winning 22-20 to wrap up the tournament.
Voelker said that a tournament like that is a building block as the season starts.
"We take one game at a time and learn, hopefully, from each game so by the end of the season we’re at our strongest," Voelker said.
The Fillies hit the road for their next event. They play at an invitational in Ames on Saturday.
The Fillies played at a tournament in Ames last year and went 2-4 overall, including a 2-0 loss to Ames. The invitaitonal begins at 9 a.m. at Ames High School.