Fillies, Lady Cubs falter at IHS Invitational

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

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Iola High’s Shelby Greenwood (20) tips the volleyball over the net during a match against Caney Valley High’s Lady Bullpups Saturday in the Iola High Invitational. The Fillies were able to beat Caney in pool play but lost their other two pool matches.
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Lauren Ouderkirk (19) comes up with the dig of the volleyball among her Humboldt High teammates during a match Saturday at the Iola High Invitational volleyball tournament. Also seen on the court for the Lady Cubs are (left to right) Brandi Malloy, Amanda Maxton (10), Taylor Fitzmaurice (hidden by the volleyball) and Melissa Davidson.

Iola High’s Fillies picked up the play pace.
But “playing not to lose” and mistakes in the serving game hampered the hosts of Saturday’s IHS Invitational volleyball tournament. They had two tough, three-set matches in pool play — losing one and winning one — then dropped the final pool match to Pittsburg High’s Purple Dragons.
Humboldt High’s Lady Cubs just weren’t consistent enough against more varsity-experienced teams in their pool. The Lady Cubs lost all three matches.
Anderson County High’s Lady Bulldogs made it two in a row and 15 overall by defeating Pittsburg 25-16, 18-25, 25-19 for the tournament championship. For three years in a row, the Purple Dragons have gone home with second place.
Pittsburg rolled through its pool beating Caney Valley 25-15, 25-5 then downing Burlington 25-12, 25-22. The Dragons knocked off the Fillies 25-22, 25-19.
Anderson County had the same push through its pool, dispatching Humboldt 25-12, 25-10. The Lady Bulldogs downed Cherryvale 25-9, 25-17 and then beat Labette County.
In the semifinal matches, Anderson County handled Burlington 25-21, 26-24 and Pittsburg got past Labette County 23-25, 25-17, 25-18.
“We were fun to watch. It was a big difference in how we played Thursday night when we played very timid,” said Jodi Grover, Iola head coach.
“Even though we have a ways to go, we improved on key concepts of the game and I really feel like that we gained confidence on the floor.”
Iola started the day losing to Burlington 25-13, 23-25, 25-21. Then the Fillies came back on the court to beat Caney Valley 25-23, 19-25, 25-17.
“During the Burlington and Caney matches, we were going point to point and not really going for the kills. We really just played not to lose,” Grover said.
“We missed 23 serves throughout the day. An easy fundamental that really made the difference between winning and losing.”
Against Caney Valley, Kelsey Larson and Megan Cook each served for 10 points. Larson had five ace serves and Cook had two aces. Lyndsi Faulhaber served for nine points in that match.
For the week the Fillies had off, they switched personnel around. Faulhaber went to playing the libero as the back-row specialist. Larson and Cook became the two setters for the Fillies.
“Lyndsi made some great saves in the back row for the team enabling us to run more plays. Kelsey and Megan are setting the volleyball well,” Grover said.
“Jazmyne and Kendra really are picking up the quick offense and going hard at the net.”
Jazmyne Honeycutt recorded 15 kills and two stuff blocks on the day. She also had three ace serves. Kendra Taiclet downed 14 kills and had three stuff blocks.
Also at the net, Mindy Powelson delivered five kills and had two blocks. Powelson also had seven digs and two ace serves. Molly Riebel had eight digs.
Shelby Greenwood had four kills on the day and three ace serves. Alex Hill had one kill and two digs.
Faulhaber was credited with 25 defensive digs. Cook had 22 set assists, three digs, three kills and three ace serves. Larson put up 20 set assists, downed eight kills and had five ace serves.
“Our movement was good on offense and defense. We really only had one four-point serve receive portion that we struggled,” Grover said. “The girls are getting used to the system and it is becoming more fluid.
The Fillies (5-8) have a week off. The Fillies travel to Yates Center on Sept. 22.

THE LADY CUBS played hard but “we need to work on our consistency,” said Stephanie Middleton, Humboldt head coach. “We haven’t learned how to play tough for an entire match but we will get there.”
Middleton said her team came out flat against Anderson County and made too many mental mistakes, such as 10 missed serves.
Taylor Fitzmaurice and Taylyn Wells had two service aces apiece for Humboldt. Amanda Maxton and Fitzmaurice each had three digs in the Anderson County match.
“The girls played an exceptional first set against Labette,” Middleton said. “We know what they are capable of now. It comes down to consistency.”
Labette County beat Humboldt 25-22, 25-14. Hannah McCall racked up four kills and Lauren Ouderkirk had three kills for the Lady Cubs. Melissa Davidson and Fitzmaurice had five digs each.
Cherryvale got past Humboldt 26-24, 25-11. Middleton said it was another great first set and the Lady Cubs had their chances to win but had some missed serves at bad times.
Davidson had three kills. Ouderkirk served two aces. Brandi Malloy had five digs and Maxton came up with four digs.
Humboldt is 0-5 and travels to Cherryvale Tuesday.