Fillies defeat Yates Center

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

YATES CENTER — Iola High’s Fillies and Yates Center High’s Wildcats were tripped up by Fredonia High’s Yellowjackets Tuesday. Then they met each other.
But something happened on the way to a Fillies’ victory.
“Half way through the match, the electricity went out in the gym. We moved to the other gym, which had power and resumed play,” said Jodi Grover, Fillies’ head coach.
The Fillies defeated the Wildcats 25-18, 25-17. That came after losing to Fredonia in three sets. The Yellowjackets won 25-27, 25-20, 25-14.
Grover said against Yates Center, she put Toni Taylor on the front row to help with Iola’s block defense to keep “the back row from getting hammered all the time. Toni stepped up and did an excellent job playing middle and outside as needed.”
Grover said Kirstin McGuffin played back row well in the second set against Yates Center.
For Yates Center, head coach Dan Berg said Bailee Stuber and Shannon Staats served and really helped out in the match with Iola. Autumn Douglass had five kills, two tips and one ace serve for the Wildcats.
Also for the Wildcats, Kassy Reynolds had two kills and one ace serve and Daryean Estes had one ace and one kill. Alexa Stephenson had a block and a kill at the net. Drew Spencer had five assists and one ace serve.
“We improved tonight and played very well at times. Kassy played great on the back row and helped us keep rallies going,” Berg said. “We fought off some confusion in the Fredonia match. We had people gone because of illness and injuries so we used freshmen to fill spots.”
Fredonia beat Yates Center 25-10, 25-23. Reynolds had six ace serves. Estes had one ace, one kill and Douglass had one block. Paige Steinforth and Spencer each had two assists.
Iola jumped out quickly on Fredonia, leading 7-1, and the Fillies won the first set. Grover said the Fillies lost their intensity in the second set.
“I’m still looking for the consistency on the floor of girls who can keep the rhythm going whether we’re ahead or behind in the score,” Grover said.
For the night, Jazmyne Honeycutt and Kendra Taiclet led the net attack for the Fillies. Both had eight kills. Honeycutt had two stuff blocks and Taiclet had four blocks. Mindy Powelson downed six kills and had one block.
Alex Hill delivered six kills and Shelby Greenwood had three kills. Taylor had two kills and two blocks. Kelsey Larson had five kills and Megan Cook had two kills.
Cook was credited with 23 set assists and Larson had 20 assists. Honeycutt and Larson each had three ace serves and Cook had two aces.
Lyndsi Faulhaber and Molly Riebel each had four digs. Powelson and McGuffin had two digs each.
Iola opens Southeast Kansas League play Thursday. The Fillies face Pittsburg and host Independence.
Yates Center prepares for Saturday’s Cherryvale Invitational.
Iola’s junior varsity lost to Fredonia 25-22, 25-23. IHS assistant coach Chrissy Powell said the Fillies struggled to get their passes where they belonged and hit the ball out way too much.
“We face Fredonia again this weekend at the Independence tournament. This will be our fourth time meeting them this year,” Powell said.
Carly Mulsow served up six points and had three ace serves while Tori Snavely had four points and two aces. Kelsey Adams served three points and Riana Dolenz served for four points. McGuffin had two points and one ace.
Snavely was credited with 20 set assists. Dolenz put down six kills and had one block and McGuffin had four kills and one block. Taylor had two kills and one block. Adams had two kills while Snavely and Mulsow each had one kill.