Fillies’ varsity claims second

Register Sports Editor

MOUND CITY — Iola High’s Fillies avenged an opening loss in the semifinals of Saturday’s Jayhawk-Linn High Invitational volleyball tournament. They decked the host team 25-20, 25-20.
With that victory, the Fillies advanced to the tournament championship match. They challenged Central Heights High’s Lady Vikings and lost 25-14, 25-12.
“Even though we’re a good team, our team benefited from seeing a developed team as Central Heights,” said Jodi Grover, Fillies’ new head coach. “Our girls now see why we do remedial fundamental drills each day.”
Grover said Central Heights was a bit intimidating with a lineup which included two 6-foot players. Grover said Marissa Cox sets and hits for the Lady Vikings and is being recruited by NCAA Division I college teams.
“She has an entire team to back her up. They had a great defense which let nothing hit the floor and as for the net, let’s just say very little got through their blocks,” Grover said.
“But it was a good learning experience for our girls. We have a long season ahead and it was a great day of volleyball.”
Overall, Grover said she was pleased with the way the Fillies played in their first outing of the season. She said the Fillies improved throughout the day on minor and major components of the game.
Iola finished second in the tournament with a 4-2 mark. Kendra Taiclet was named to the all-tournament team, receiving a medal.
In pool play, Iola dropped a 25-20, 25-20 decision to Jayhawk-Linn then went on a four-match winning run. The Fillies beat Galena 25-20, 12-25, 25-20.
In the second round of action, Iola beat Riverton 25-20, 25-23 and Southeast High of Cherokee 25-16, 25-20. That pushed the Fillies into the semifinals against Jayhawk-Linn.
“We were sluggish in the first match with Jayhawk-Linn. We were in the lead most of the way and one served dominated our serve-receive to win the sets,” Grover said. “We picked up our overall play from that time on.
“The communication was there and our serve-receive and overall defense improved. Even against Central Heights, we scored more points against them then any other team.”
Leading the net attack for Iola for the tournament was Jazmyne Honeycutt with 21 kill and 10 stuff blocks. She also had seven ace serves.
Taiclet recorded 12 kills and three blocks and Kelsey Larson had 13 kills. Mindy Powelson had eight kills and two blocks.
Setters Megan Cook and Lyndsi Faulhaber were credited with 26 assists and 23 assists, respectively. Alex Hill had six kills and Shelby Greenwood had two kills and three blocks. Molly Riebel had six digs.
Iola (4-2) has its home opener Thursday against Prairie View and Fort Scott. Play begins at 4 p.m.