The undefeated, No. 2-ranked Div. III Dalton volleyball team is the top area squad to watch heading into the postseason.
The WCAL champion Bulldogs (20-0, 12-0), who have a pair of league matches to wrap up the regular season this week, should get the top seed at the Div. III Smithville Sectional-District draw Sunday.
Health will be the big key for Dalton as two key performers — Audrey Metzger (a D.R. POTY candidate) and Rachel Knetzer — have both been battling nagging knee issues.
However, the focused Bulldogs have the talent if all goes well to earn a return state trip despite moving up a division.
“It feels good and the girls have worked extremely hard,” said third-year Dalton coach Shanna Hildebrandt, of the WCAL title, who directed the school’s first state volleyball team to a Div. IV spot in Dayton last year. “At the same time it’s still pretty early in the season and we haven’t even had our tournament draw yet.”
Category: High School