It’s that time of year where high school volleyball looks toward the postseason, and paths towards the state tournament.
For the Dallas Center-Grimes Fillies, the fifth ranked team in the latest Class 4A standings, their postseason path is not only filled with excitement, but filled with promise as well.
Up to this point, the Fillies have amassed a record of 27-4, putting them in elite company as one of just three teams in Class 4A and one of just 19 teams across the state to have suffered just four losses or less heading into the week of October 8. The great work done throughout the season so far has given the Fillie volleyball team a first round bye in postseason play.
As of last week, the Dallas Center-Grimes Fillies now have their path laid out in front of them as they are one of six teams within Class 4A’s Region three bracket. The rest of the five teams within that same bracket include Boone, Gilbert, Ballard, Perry, and Norwalk.
The Fillies are the only team within Region Three to have captured a winning record so far, thus earning the region’s top seed while Norwalk comes in as the second seed with a 14-15 mark on the season as of Tuesday, October 9. This is a relatively unknown field for the Fillies as they have faced only one out of the five teams in the group. DC-G faced off against Gilbert twice in the regular season, dispatching the Tigers 2-0 in both matches. The postseason layout for the Fillies looks great on paper, but as Fillie student-manager Maylin Sawyne mentioned, 100 percent focus is needed each and every game out if they expect a state tournament run.
“One of the things that has made this team great is the focus we’ve had each and every match,” began Sawyne. “No matter who we’re playing we can’t overlook them because we’re going to get everyone’s best game. We’ve been underdogs before and we’ve won because the other team overlooked us. The good thing about this team is that everyone knows not to overlook a single match.”
Similar thoughts were echoed by Fillie assist leader Kamryn O’Brien.
“While we want to face the best competition match in and match out, we can’t overlook any postseason match because it only takes one loss and you’re out,” said O’Brien. “Plus, we want to be really hot if we reach the state tournament and in order for that to happen, we’ll have to be playing some of our best matches leading up to state.”
With the first round bye, the Fillies won’t take to the competitive hardwood until Tuesday, October 23 at 7 p.m. It is then where the Fillies will be matching up against the round one winner between Boone and Perry held on Wednesday, October 17. Should the Fillies win their round two match-up, they would then head into the Region Three title game and would be guaranteed a match at DC-G Meadows Gym to do so. That would take place on Monday, October 29 at 7 p.m.