Fillies drop SEK opening matches

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

PITTSBURG — Iola High’s Fillies found the opening night of Southeast Kansas League volleyball play to be unkind.
On the Pittsburg High court Thursday, the Fillies lost to Independence 25-9, 25-14 then dropped a 25-16, 25-22 decision to Pittsburg. Independence defeated Pittsburg.
“We had 35 percent on our serve receive during the the Independence match. Our passes were not getting to the setter to run an offense,” said Jodi Grover, Fillies’ head coach.
“We played much better against Pittsburg as our serve receive was 75 percent.”
The Fillies fell to 0-2 in SEK play and 6-11 overall. Their only home SEK matches are next Thursday with Columbus and Parsons.
“When we executed plays, we were able to score points. We have to work on our blocking and reading better,” Grover said.
“All the girls stepped up on defense to take over different roles on the back row against Pittsburg.”
Kelsey Larson was credited for 26 set assists on the night and Megan Cook had 23 assists. Both setters had two kills. Cook had two service aces and Larson had three stuff blocks.
Mindy Powelson delivered six kills and had one block while Jazmyne Honeycutt and Kendra Taiclet each had four kills and one block.
Alex Hill and Shelby Greenwood had three kills each. Toni Taylor had three kills and two blocks.
“It’s that time in the season to pick up our game. I really feel the girls want to win,” Grover said.
Iola’s junior varsity lost to Independence 25-20, 17-25, 15-13 and to Pittsburg 25-19, 25-23, 15-5.
For the night, Tori Snavely had 18 service points, including seven ace serves, and one kill. Kelsey Adams served 18 points, had five ace serves and two kills.
Riana Dolenz delivered 15 kills, 10 coming against Pittsburg, served eight points and had three aces. Carly Mulsow had nine kills against Independence, served six points and had two aces.
Kirstin McGuffin had four service points, one ace, two kills and one stuff block. Keli Lee served four points.
“We had to rearrange the lineup and we struggled to get points when we really needed them against Independence,” said Chrissy Powell, IMS assistant coach. “Pittsburg had some hard hitters.”
The Iola junior varsity plays in a tournament at Independence Saturday.