Fillies struggle in home matches

Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High’s Kendra Taiclet is up for the kill against Fort Scott in Thursday’s home opening matches for the Fillies’ volleyball team. The IHS varsity lost to Fort Scott and Prairie View while the Fillies’ junior varsity had a better night, wining both of its matches.

Playing from behind all night, Iola High’s Fillies struggled in their 2009 home opening varsity volleyball matches.
“Serve receive, serve receive and serve receive,” said Jodi Grover, Fillies’ head coach, after watching her team lose to Prairie View and Fort Scott Thursday.
“There wasn’t a game that we didn’t dig ourselves a hole by getting a point spread from our lack of receiving and setting up the ball. We were giving too many free balls to the teams and allowing them to attack every time.”
The Fillies rallied to win the first set against Prairie View after being down 14-10 but lost the match.
Prairie View won 28-30, 25-14, 25-15.
Fort Scott and Prairie View battled for three sets before the Tigers won 25-23, 20-25 28-26, sending Prairie View home at 1-1. The Fillies had to rally in both sets against Fort Scott only to lose 25-22, 25-22.
“As a team, we have a good offense to execute the ball but the main element in execution is you have the passers to allow you to do this. Everyone struggled defensively but we improved during the Fort Scott match,” Grover said.
Grover said the Fillies’ play against Prairie View was disappointing “because we couldn’t say we improved in some phase of the game when we came off the court.” She said the girls collected themselves and played better against Fort Scott.
In the Prairie View match, the Fillies were down 14-10 and came back to lead 19-17 in two rotations. Kendra Taiclet nailed a kill to get the serve at 14-11 then served three straight points with Jazmyne Honeycutt working the net for Iola.
Honeycutt’s tip made it 16-15 to get the ball back to Iola then Lyndsi Faulhaber went on a four-point serving run. The teams were locked at 27-27 and each were called for being in the net to up it to 28-28.
Faulhaber served out the set with an ace and Honeycutt using a tip for the winning point, 30-28. Iola trailed in the second set 19-14 when Prairie View rattled off six straight to win. The Fillies weren’t able to stop a couple of serving runs by the Buffalos in the third set either.
The Fillies were looking at a 20-12 deficit in the opening set with Fort Scott. Taiclet had a service run of six points with Honeycutt at the net again. The Fillies could not hold the Tigers off.
Same story, just another verse, in the second set. The Fillies were down 10-3 early. At 15-8, Honeycutt brought Iola back by serving eight straight points starting out with two aces followed by a Mindy Powelson kill.
Iola was up 18-17 but could not hold serve. Fort Scott was up 23-20 when Iola held and got two points on serves by Megan Cook. Fort Scott used a tip away from Honeycutt’s blocking in the middle to score and get the ball back then served the winning point.
For the two matches, Taiclet had 14 kills, two stuff blocks and three digs and Honeycutt had seven kills and five stuff blocks. Shelby Greenwood put down three kills, made two blocks and had two digs. Powelson had three kills and a block.
Kelsey Larson made three kills and was credited with four digs and Molly Riebel had three digs. Alex Hill came up with two digs and had two kills at the net.
Cook was credited with 11 set assists, three digs and one kill. Faulhaber had 10 set assists.
“We saw two teams that run a faster tempo game, which we are working on daily. It is good to face teams like this. We will see Fort Scott multiple times this season and now the Fillies know what to expect,” Grover said.
Iola (4-4) takes on Louisburg and host Ottawa next Thursday. Grover said the Fillies invite any IHS alumni volleyball player to come to the IHS gym at 4 p.m. Monday for some fun scrimmages with the Fillies.
Iola High’s junior varsity had a better night Thursday as it pushed its overall mark to 6-4. The Fillies defeated Prairie View 25-20, 25-16 and beat Fort Scott 25-18, 25-14.
Against Prairie View, Kirstin McGuffin served up nine points and had one ace serve while Tori Snavely had seven service points. Toni Taylor and Kelsey Adams each served five points and Riana Dolenz had three points. Dolenz led the net attack with five kills and Carly Mulsow had four kills. McGuffin had two kills and Taylor and Adams each had one kill.
Taylor was perfect (18 of 18) at the service line for Iola against Fort Scott for 14 points. McGuffin had nine points and one ace while Mulsow served six points and had one ace. Adams served for four points, Snavely had three points and an ace and Dolenz had one point. Dolenz delivered six kills followed by Mulsow with five, Taylor with four kills and one block and Adams with two kills.
“The girls were hitting the ball and working on perfecting their passing against Prairie View. But it got better against Fort Scott,” said Chrissy Powell, IHS assistant coach. “Our girls were ready for Fort Scott after losing to them on Tuesday.”