Senior athletes help a team perform their best and their value is often unmatched. That senior value sure showed in full force for the Dallas Center-Grimes volleyball team Tuesday night as they captured a three set win over visiting Norwalk on senior night.
Senior stars like Hannah Ashley and Dakota Miles were critical components as the Fillies took down the visiting Warriors 25-12, 25-11 and 25-19. The Fillies took hold of set one early 4-2 and within a few minute, held a 13-9 advantage. Hannah Ashley came in and proceeded to increase the DC-G lead to a 20-9 advantage before the Fillies laid claim to set one with 25-19 set one win capped off by a Kenna Jackson ace.
Set two began with an ominous start for the Fillies who quickly found themselves down 7-3 to start things off. The resilient Fillies outscored the Warriors 5-1 to tie things up at 8-8. The Fillies then took the lead 9-8 with the help of the 1,034th career dig by Dakota Miles who matched the school record for most digs in a career. After a 6-2 run by DC-G, the Fillies held a 15-10 advantage before Hannah Ashley once again came in to close the door and help DC-G take set two 25-11.
Set three brought another ominous start to the Fillies roster as they saw yet another 7-3 deficit bestowed to start the set. This time around, the comeback would not be as easy as it took all the way to 16 points before Dallas Center-Grimes would force a tie. After a Fillie time out, a 9-3 run by DC-G ended up allowing the Fillies to run away with the set three win and their 28th overall win on the year. After the match, Fillie head coach Cheryl Voelker had this to say about that strong set three run.
“When I took that timeout I just told the girls that we needed to get back to our laser focus and not to play lazy volleyball,” said Voelker. “From there the team really collected themselves well and you could tell their mental mindset was really focused which helped them win the match.”
A big part of the three set sweep had to do with a strong serving game for the Fillies.
“The serving was and has always been key for us,” began Voelker. “It was instrumental in our win here tonight and boy did Hannah Ashley have one heck of a serving game here tonight.”
When diving even deeper into the game, senior star Hannah Ashley talked about how the right preparation has not only prepared her and her team but will continue to prepare her and her team for whats to come.
“This group of girls has been with each other for nearly four years now and one of our best attributes has been preparation,” began Ashley. “That was huge for us in tonight’s game because we never felt surprised or that any set was out of reach.”
One thing that was certainly not out of reach, was a new record holder for the most digs in a single DC-G volleyball career. After tying the record at 1,034 in the second set, Miles rattled of around 13 digs to etch her name into the DC-G history books with 1,041 total career digs.
“It feels almost unbelievable,” began Miles. “Freshman year I only got 13 digs but that all helped lead up to his. It’s from the team too, it’s taken a lot to get me here.”
The milestone marked the cultivation of a lot of aspects that came together to help Miles earn such success.
“You’ve gotta love Dakota,” began Voelker. “When she came up as a freshman I thought she was going to be my next outside hitter and then she played libero in club and has since proven to be one of the best in the state. She sees the hitters and knows exactly where to go during both serve and receive and on defense and she showed that tonight.”
The Fillies officially continue on the regular season with 28 wins and just four losses, one of just 19 teams in the state to have done so. Next on the schedule for the Fillies will be another conference match-up, this time on the road against Oskaloosa.