The Adel-DeSoto-Minburn Tigers hosted the Dallas Center-Grimes Fillies for their annual Dig Pink volleyball game. This year, the Fillies took home the title after winning three-straight sets over the Tigers.
Although the Fillies won all three, the sets started out pretty even with the score tying up back and forth.
The Fillies had the first point in the first set, but the Tigers were able to come back with a kill to tie up the set 1-1.
The score went back and forth repeatedly until the Fillies were able to get two points on the Tigers (13-11) after a Tiger pass went flying out-of-bounds over the net.
It looked like the Tigers were going to be able to come back when the Fillies had a serve fall short, but on the Tigers’ serve, the Fillies earned the ball back.
Soon, when the Tigers’ Emma Kaney’s block fell out-of-bounds, the Fillies were up three points (15-12).
The Tigers continued to try to score over the Fillies and come back as the set went on. When Josi Lonneman had a kill that fell into a block built by Fillies Tiffany Denger and Ally Ferguson, the scoreboard read 20-14.
The Tigers were only able to earn two more points on the Fillies, one of which was a kill that went out-of bounds, before the end of the set. The Fillies ended the first set 25-16 after a call against the Tigers.
The Fillies began the second set with two points, one of which was an ace served by Kamryn O’Brien. The Tigers were able to tie up the score, 2-2, with kills by Lonneman and Sami Schepers.
The tie didn’t last long, as the Fillies soon led 4-2 after a kill by Abby Greiman. Schepers allowed the Tigers to close the gap with another kill, but it wasn’t enough to hold the Fillies.
After a few missed plays by the Tigers and a few solid plays by the Fillies, the Fillies led 9-4.
The Tigers finally got the chance to earn a couple more points when Briann Powers scored two ace serves in a row on the Fillies. The Tigers were now down by just three points (10-7).
After her two serves though, the Fillies were able to get the ball back and the Tigers weren’t able to score again until the Fillies had a short serve, which put the score at 14-8.
The Fillies only continued to widen the gap and the Tigers weren’t able to score their last point until the Fillies already had 24 points.
The score was at 24-11 and it looked like the Fillies would take the set on the next volley, but Tiger setter Delaney Bertman pushed the ball over the net which dropped in the center of the Fillies’ court.
It looked like the Tigers had another chance to score on the Fillies before the end of the set when Schepers went up for a kill. Greiman and Ferguson blocked Schepers’ kill and the Tigers just couldn’t return the ball, the second set ended 25-12.
The third set began with both the Tigers and the Fillies having an unsuccessful kill, but soon after the Tigers were able to get the lead.
A kill by Amy Gottschalk and a block built by Jordyn Crow and Schepers allowed the Tigers to lead 5-2.
From there, the Tigers’ largest lead was just three points (10-7) after a hit by Filly Hannah Ashley went out.
After a few more volleys, Ashley was able to lessen the gap to two points and a kill by fellow Filly Katelyn Knudsen brought the score to 13-12.
Denger and Ferguson tied up the set at 13-13 with a block. The two got the Fillies the lead on the next play with another block.
The Fillies’ lead didn’t last long though as Bertman pushed the ball over to the Fillies side of the floor to bring the Tigers back up 16-15. Bertman’s push was followed by a kill by Lonneman putting the Tigers back up two points.
The Fillies finally got the lead again when the Tigers’ libero Jordan Hook had a hit that went out on the Fillies’ side. The Fillies got a two point lead (21-19) when Greiman had a tip.
The ball went back and forth, the Tigers and Fillies scoring every other serve, but the Fillies continued to lead by one point up until the score was 24-23.
On the next volley, Bertman was able to block a Filly kill, tying up the score 24-24. Unfortunately, this was the last point the Tigers scored.
The Fillies took the final two points with a block and a Tiger kill that went out-of-bounds. The Fillies won the set 26-24 and the match 3-0.
The Fillies next match is on Tuesday, Oct. 10 against Pella at 7 p.m.
The Tigers have an invitational in Pella on Saturday Oct. 7 beginning at 9 a.m.