It’s been quite the season for the Dallas Center-Grimes volleyball team as they marched back to the state tournament for the first time since 2009.
The Fillies were one of top eight teams in Class 4A and there were a lot of moving parts. A few of those moving parts were honored recently with the Little Hawkeye Conference All-Conference honors. Six Fillie volleyball stars earned All-Conference honors including junior Katelyn Knudsen, and seniors Abby Greiman, Dakota Miles, Hannah Ashley, Tiffany Denger, and junior Kamryn O’Brien.
Among that group, it was junior Katelyn Knudsen to earn one of DC-G’s first team All-Conference spots after a 2018 campaign where she put up a conference third best 278 kills to go along with a team leading 38 aces. The 5’-06” Knudsen has proven that height is just a number and talked about her elevation capabilities.
“I really try and not think about it,” began Knudsen prior to the state tournament. “I make sure to trust in my training and my workouts and when I have confidence in my abilities it makes things really easy.”
Dakota Miles joins Knudsen after what could only be described as a phenomenal season. The senior etched her name into DC-G volleyball history with well over 1,000 career digs following 587 in her final year. Miles’ 587 digs put her atop all of Class 4A and fifth across the entire state of Iowa. The 51 digs in the contest against Pella was the third highest single match mark in 2018. Dakota’s journey to where she is now has been one of surprise and pure will.
“When she first came on the team I thought she would be my next big outside hitter,” began Voelker. “Then she tried out libero and it was very clear right away that she had a gift for that position and I knew she’d be one of the best in the state, and she has been.”
The third first team All-Conference member for the Fillies was Abby Greiman. Greiman delivered on 155 kills and 72 blocks, both of which were second on the Fillies roster. Greiman, a true leader on the court and off it, shared what it was like to be a part of such a wonderful senior group in 2018.
“Most of us seniors have been together playing volleyball since we were first able to,” began Greiman. “We have a great bond with each other which I think helped us a lot on the volleyball court. It’s been so fun to come to practice and matches all season long in large part due to this senior group and that’s huge.”
The second team All-Conference selection for the Fillies belonged to blocks machine Tiffany Denger. The future engineer was just as potent on the court as she was in the classroom, swatting away a conference best 104 blocks on the season, ranking her second across the entire Class 4A landscape. The volleyball star talked about the art of the block for her throughout her high school career.
“Timing is huge,” began Denger. “I always try and gauge their hitters early and then I just have to worry on making sure my hands are in the right position.”
The two honorable mention honorees for the Fillies included Hannah Ashley, who was a dominant server for the Fillies, amassing 30 aces and 414 successful serves, the most out of anyone on the entire DC-G roster. She too spoke highly of the senior class and about the team as a whole.
“I am so grateful to have played alongside the rest of these senior girls this season,” bean Ashley. “A group of us looked up to the banners and said one day we will make it to state and we did that. It was a huge team effort and every single individual played a pivotal role in how well we did this year.”
Kamryn O’Brien was the Fillies assist machine for the season, earning a team leading 531 assists, a well deserving mark for an honorable mention nominee.