For the second straight season, the Dallas Center-Grimes volleyball team captured the Little Hawkeye Conference title as they breezed through the field undefeated Thursday in Pella.
It was a nearly unblemished run for the Filles as they rand through four matches. It was a pool style type tournament and DC-G started off the tournament with unblemished 2-0 wins over Grinnell and Pella. The Fillies were once again strong from the serving line going a combined 76-of-81 in serving. The pair of Isabelle Wood and senior Kamryn O’Brien team up for over 28 assists through those two matches while senior Kately Knudsen sported 15 kills across both matches.
That led to a pool play finale against Norwalk and from there it turned into yet another victory as the Fillies punched their tickets to the conference final. The Fillies took both sets by 21-17 finals and were extremely sharp all around. DC-G totaled 17 assists for the match, spearheaded by Kamryn O’Brien who wound up with over 46 assists for the tournament. The senior also had one solid serving match going a perfect ten-for-ten. Following the tournament, O’Brien yields a 97.2 serving effeciency. The Fillies had 19 total kills for the match and leading the charge there was the familiar name of Katelyn Knudsen who earned seven kills followed by junior Grace Mikota with six kills.
That of course led to the conference title match and it was quite the battle with Indianola. That battle began with a surging start for the Fillies which turned into a strong 25-16 set one final. Indianola fought back and took a strong 18-14 mark late in set two. From there Indianola edged out DC-G 7-6 to win set two 25-20 and force a decisive set three. Once set three began, it was all about the Fillies as they cruised in the final set 15-5 to crown themselves tournament champions. The Fillies nearly went perfect from the serving line with 58 successful serves out of 59 total attempts. Knudsen led the championship effort with 12 kills along with eleven digs and an perfect 11-for-11 from the serving line. O’Brien paced the way in assists with 18, giving her 445 total for the season so far. Isabell Wood had came through strong in the continued absence of Ashley Ferguson with 14 digs in the outing along with an outstanding mark of 21-for21 from the serving line with four aces.
It’s the second straight season that the Fillies have not only won the conference title but the second time in over 13 years finishing the regular season with 30 or more wins. With their record, the Fillies have been granted a first-round bye come postseason play. They will take on the round one winner between Perry and Boone on Tuesday, Oct. 29 beginning at 7 p.m. from Meadows Gym.