In the best start in program history, the Dallas Center-Grimes volleyball team officially made it ten straight wins to start the season Tuesday night with a 3-0 win over conference foe Newton.
The win comes after the Class 4A sixth ranked Fillies swept yet another weekend tournament, doing so in Grinnell on August 25. There the Fillies dispatched the likes of a very potent crowd containing Class 4A seventh ranked Clear Creek-Amana, Class 3A’s tenth ranked West Liberty, Class 1A’s 13th ranked Iowa Valley, along with East Marshall and Washington. The Fillies lost just one set throughout what DC-G volleyball head coach Cheryl Voelker mentioned as an important test for her team.
“The Grinnell tournament always has a lot of skilled teams involved,” began Voelker. “To come out of that with an undefeated record is huge just because of the level of competition that there is. No matter what we’re better because we go to tournaments like that. We have a good indication of where we are to start the season.”
The Fillies sure came out of it unharmed and continued that by earning their second conference win of the year against Netwon Tuesday night. The game never seemed at risk for the Fillies who came out firing on all cylinders. Dallas Center-Grimes limited Newton to a mere seven kills on the night with great defensive play that also limited the Cardinal offense to just one ace all night long. The toughest set for the Fillies came in set one but the Fillies bounced back in the end to claim the first go round by a 25-13 final. The next to sets were fast starts and even faster finishes as the Fillies cruised to a 25-8 set two win with an identical 25-8 set three win for the overall victory.
While the undefeated start is always humbling for the Fillies, coach Voelker had complete confidence from the get go that the Fillies could obtain such a hot start.
“With the amount of returners we have and the time they’ve put in together, there’s no ceiling for what this team is capable of doing this year,” began Voelker. “We have great height to compliment the skill that we have. We also have a lot of smart players, girls who are aware of every situation and realize that you may have to do things different dependent on the situation. It’s an overall sound team.”
The Fillies have lost a total of one set this entire season, far outweighing last season’s solid start that saw DC-G lose eight total sets within the first ten matches. In the process Dallas Center-Grimes avenged losses to Urbandale who defeated the Fillies 0-2 last season, West Liberty who won in a 2-1 final, and Iowa Valley who swept the Fillies last year in their match up two sets to none.
So far in the 2018 edition, the Fillies and their blazing fast start have shown an outscoring of opponents 466-291. The Fillies are in complete early control of the Little Hawkeye Conference as the next best team in Pella yields an overall record of 7-1.
There have been many things that have gone right for the Fillies in their 10-0 start, but through all of it, there are a few things that coach Voelker has sees as some of the bigger keys to success.
“It may sound simple but this team has been doing well because they are preforming all the fundamental tasks well,” began Voelker. “They work well together and they don’t beat themselves, which is what will hurt a lot of high school teams more than the opponents. This team also communicates extremely well and you’ve seen that so far this season. I’ve hardly had to call time outs this season and the only time I do that is when we are down and need to re-group. We’ve been able to adapt to situations quickly and that has a lot to do with how well this team works together.”
The Fillies unprecedented start has been strong and they look to keep that going when they take on their second straight conference match up as they will be welcoming in Oskaloosa to Meadows Gym on Tuesday, September 4. The Fillies look to continue their recent success against the Indians dating back to the 2013-14 season which is the last time Oskaloosa has defeated DC-G in a volleyball match up.