Fillies lose SEK matches at Chanute

Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High’s Jazmyne Honeycutt digs the volleyball during Thursday’s match at Chanute High School. The Fillies lost to Chanute and Fort Scott.

CHANUTE — Iola High’s Fillies went into their final Southeast Kansas League matches Thursday against two of the top teams in the league. The Fillies could be spoilers.
But Fort Scott High’s Tigers had that role against host Chanute High’s Blue Comets. The Blue Comets were previously undefeated in SEK play before Thursday.
The Tigers lurked right behind with one loss. Fort Scott split the SEK race wide open with a 25-23, 25-18 win over Chanute to begin the night.
Iola was still in position to be the spoiler. It wasn’t in the cards.
Fort Scott dealt out a 25-16, 25-14 loss to the Fillies and secured at least a share of the SEK title.
In the first set, Iola got a kill from Jazmyne Honeycutt, then Megan Cook served two points to put Iola up 10-9. That was the last lead for Iola.
Fort Scott served six straight to go from a 17-13 lead to 23-13. In the second set, Iola fell behind 7-0, then battled back to within three points, 17-14. Fort Scott served out the set and won the match.
The pattern continued for the Fillies against Chanute. Down 6-3 in the first set, tie it up at 10-all, then lose. Down 5-0 in the second set — and never caught up.
Chanute beat Iola 25-16, 25-13.
“There were two rotations Thursday night that just didn’t work for us,” said Jodi Grover, Fillies’ head coach. “The opposing teams scored 50 points on us during those two rotations. Our passing and offensive transition was not aggressive enough during these rotations to be successful.”
Grover said Honeycutt and Kendra Taiclet were able to get some very solid hits during the matches. She said the Fillies’ net play went well for about the first 10 points of each set “then we struggled.”
Honeycutt had five kills and two solo blocks at the net. Taiclet had five kills and a solo block while Toni Taylor had two kills and a solo block. Kelsey Larson had one kill and one solo block.
Mindy Powelson and Shelby Greenwood each had two kills. Alex Hill and Megan Cook each had one kill.
Molly Riebel came up with four defensive digs while Honeycutt and Taiclet had one dig apiece. Cook and Larson each were credited with six set assists.
“Molly did a good job of going in for just about everyone. She adapts well on the back row with the many duties she is given,” Grover said.
“This morning at practice, the team took a good leadership role and problem solved, looking at strengths and weaknesses.”
Iola finished SEK play at 1-7. Fort Scott is atop the league at 7-1 with Chanute at 5-1. Chanute has two more SEK matches to play. Pittsburg is at 4-2 after losing to Parsons and beating Labette County.
Iola takes a 7-21 overall mark into Saturday’s Anderson County High Invitational at Garnett. This weekend’s tournament ends the Fillies’ regular season.
Iola High’s junior varsity ended its season Thursday with a split. The Fillies beat Fort Scott 19-25, 25-16, 15-12 then lost to Chanute 25-20, 25-23.
Riana Dolenz had 12 service points and three aces for the two matches plus three kills and four blocks. Kirstin McGuffin had 10 points and five service aces plus four kills. Keli Lee served up nine points and had one ace.
Tori Snavely, who was 47 of 48 in setting the ball on the night, served eight points and had one ace. Carly Mulsow had six points, three aces and six kills. Kelsey Adams had six points, two aces, six kills and one block.
“I’m pleased with the girls I had this year. They came together on so many levels,” said Chrissy Powell, IHS assistant coach.