Tuesday marked the season opener for many of the state’s volleyball teams, including four in Dallas County.
Dallas Center-Grimes played host to the eight-team DC-G Volleyball Classic, where the Fillies came away with one victory in four matches to finish sixth.
The Fillies beat PCM 2-1 to start the tournament, dropping the first set 21-15, but taking the match with a 21-14 set-two victory and a 15-11 win in the third set. Sophomore Selena Nolte led the Fillies with eight kills. Chelsea Eilers added five, and both Lexi Rosa and Sam Zamzow contributed three. Jenna Humke had 17 assists and four service aces, and Kaitlin Wenell logged a team-high eight digs.
It was tougher sledding in the team’s other three matches, all of which the Fillies dropped in straight sets. They lost to tournament-champion Urbandale 21-6, 21-10; Algona, 21-6, 21-10; and Fort Dodge, 21-14, 21-16.
In Waukee, the Warriors pushed Indianola to five sets, but came up short in the fifth, 15-10. Waukee won the first, 25-18, and dropped the second, 25-17, before taking a 2-1 advantage with a 25-22 win in the third set. The Indians won the fourth 25-22.
A-D-M, ranked 10th in the Class 4A preseason poll, recorded three wins in five tries at Newton’s tournament, with victories over Carlisle, Oskaloosa and Lynnville-Sully, and straight-set losses to Dowling Catholic and Newton.
The Tigers beat Carlisle 21-17, 11-21, 15-7; Oskaloosa, 21-15, 13-21, 15-7; and Lynnville-Sully, 21-14, 21-14.
Both their losses were to ranked schools. They fell to Class 5A No. 6 Dowling, 21-10, 21-18; and Class 4A No. 12 Newton, 21-17, 22-20.
Van Meter opened the season on the road and came away with a 25-16, 25-16, 25-16 victory at Ankeny Christian Academy.
Woodward-Granger will open the season Saturday at Bondurant-Farrar’s tournament.