The Fillies of Dallas Center-Grimes played their last regular season conference game against the Pella Dutch on Tuesday, Oct. 10. The game went into four exciting sets with the Fillies winning the match 3-1.
With the victory, the Fillies have a 6-1 conference record and share the Little Hawkeye Conference title with Pella and Indianola.
“You know, Pella is a great team, and it’s a rival,” said coach Cheryl Voelker, “we just stepped up, we saw some of their weaknesses, but they’re a good team and they pushed it at us, it was a battle.”
The Dutch scored the first two points of the first set from kills, but Abby Greiman came back with a kill to get the Fillies their first point.
Although the Dutch got the ball back on the next serve, the Fillies scored their second point when the Dutch’s serve went out-of-bounds. The score was 3-2.
The Fillies got the lead when Dakota Miles had two back-to-back aces, which put the score at 4-3.
The Fillies continued to lead and with another ace by Ally Ferguson, the score was 7-4.
With a kill by Greiman and another ace hit by Tiffany Denger, the Fillies soon led 12-6. It didn’t take long for the Dutch to close the gap to just three points, but it also didn’t take long for the Fillies to regain the lead.
When a block by the Dutch flew out-of-bounds, the Fillies were up 21-16. Another kill and block, and the Fillies were just two points from winning the set (23-16).
Unfortunately, the Fillies allowed the Dutch four points before scoring again, the scoreboard read 23-20.
A kill by Greiman stopped the Dutch’s streak and put the Fillies one point from winning the set. Her kill was the only point the Fillies scored before the Dutch regained the ball.
Before they could win the set, the Fillies had a block, a tip and a pass go out-of-bounds putting the Dutch just one point behind (24-23).
The set finally ended with a kill by Ashley; the Fillies won 25-23.
Although the Dutch started the second set with the first point, two kills brought allowed the Fillies to lead the game.
From there, the game went back and forth tying up every other serve. Finally, Ally Ferguson blocked a tip that put the Fillies up 8-6.
The Fillies continued to lead, up until a kill by the Dutch tied the score 13-13. Again, the game went back and forth.
When a kill hit by Greiman went out-of-bounds, the Dutch officially got an 18-17 lead. The Fillies allowed the Dutch three points before Greiman had a kill that put a point on the board. The were down 21-18.
The Fillies tried to come back, but soon the Dutch were up 24-20.
The Fillies only added one more point to the board before the Dutch ended the set with a kill and a score of 25-21.
The third set started out tied when the Dutch had a kill go out and then had a successful tip.
The Fillies got a quick lead, though. After a tip from Ferguson, the score was already up to 5-3.
The Dutch were able to make a quick comeback after a kill by Ashley went into the net. The play allowed the Dutch to tie up the score at 6-6.
With kills by Denger, Leticia Nolte and Greiman, the Fillies had the lead again with the score at 10-8.
The Fillies continued to widen the gap and with another kill by Denger, the Fillies were up five points (16-11).
Unfortunately, this was the last point the Fillies scored for a while. After regaining the ball on a kill, the Dutch were able to score five points to tie up the score (16-16).
Luckily, the Fillies were able to get the lead again, but not by much. After a serve went out, the Fillies led by just two points (23-21).
This was the last point the Fillies allowed the Dutch, while they scored the last two off of a block and a kill. The Fillies ended the third set 25-21.
The fourth set started with kills that fell right on the line for either team. The Fillies got the first lead when a Dutch serve went out, only to tie again after a Dutch kill.
The Fillies finally had a good lead when the score was 8-4 after a Dutch kill went into the net.
The Fillies continued the lead with a kill by Greiman, which put the score at 13-7. The Dutch had the ball after the next serve and scored two more points before a kill by Ashley allowed the scoreboard to read 15-10.
Soon, after a kill by Ashley and an unsuccessful block by the Dutch, the score was 20-16.
After just a few more plays, with the help of a kill by Greiman and an ace from Miles, the Fillies led 23-19.
Unfortunately, Miles’ next serve fell short and allowed the Dutch another point. Luckily, this was the Dutch’s last point of the match. The Fillies won the set 25-20 when a Dutch kill fell out-of-bounds.
“It was a big game, it was a real exciting game,” Voelker said. “The girls really stepped up tonight and played the best that they have played. I’m really happy for our seniors Leticia and Ally, that they got that win at home on their last senior night, it’s really exciting.
The Fillies begin their LHC tournament in Norwalk on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 5 p.m.