Fillies’ junior varsity goes 2-1 on the road

Register Sports Editor

COLUMBUS — Leaving the “jitters” behind and just playing the game allowed Iola High’s junior varsity volleyball team to win two out of three matches Tuesday.
The Fillies were on the road and pocketed wins over host Columbus, 25-8, 25-9, and Independence, 25-17, 25-16. And even in the match they lost — 25-20, 11-25, 19-17 — to Fort Scott, the Fillies played better than over the weekend.
“I think we have gotten over our jitters and are remembering how to play. The girls played much better than they did Saturday,” said Chrissy Powell, IHS assistant coach.
The Fillies dropped the first set against Fort Scott then rolled to victory in the second set. They were unable to shut the door, losing a closely contested third set.
“Fort Scott was a very tough team. They have great hitting which hurt us a little. We would forget to cover the hit which cost us lots of points,” Powell said.
“We see them again at home Thursday so we will be ready this time.”
Iola setter Tori Snavely handled the volleyball well again. She missed on only one of 49 set attempts for the night.
Carly Mulsow and Snavely gave Iola strong performances at the service line against Fort Scott. Mulsow had 10 points, which included five service aces, and Snavely had one ace as she served 10 points.
Kirstin McGuffin was Iola’s top server of the night. She had nine points and two aces in the Fort Scott match. Toni Taylor served up seven points and Riana Dolenz had three points.
At the net, Taylor downed five kills while Mulsow had three kills and one block. McGuffin had two kills and two blocks and Kelsey Adams nailed two kills and had one block. Dolenz recorded a block.
Against Independence, McGuffin served up nine points and had one ace while Dolenz served for seven points. Adams had four points and one ace. Snavely and Taylor each had four service points as Mulsow had two points on two aces.
McGuffin delivered five kills and Taylor had three kills and one block. Mulsow put down three kills as Dolenz had two kills and one block and Snavely had one kill.
“Keli Lee has stepped up to play libero. She has done a great job on the back row. For being a freshman, I am very pleased with her ability to have such great passes,” Powell said.
In the Columbus match, McGuffin and Snavely had big runs at the service lines, both with 12 points. McGuffin had six ace serves and Snavely had five aces. Taylor served for seven points while Mulsow had six points and two aces. Adams and Dolenz each served one point.
McGuffin worked the net for three kills and Taylor had two kills. Snavely, Mulsow and Adams had one kill each and Dolenz made one block.
Iola (4-4) hosts Fort Scott and Prairie View Thursday along with the Fillies’ varsity at the IHS gym. Play begins at 4 p.m.