IMS eighth-grade Ponies win

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Iola Middle School’s eighth-grade volleyball A-team showed off its improvement to a home crowd Tuesday. The Ponies defeated visiting Anderson County Junior High’s Bulldogs 25-27, 25-23, 15-12.
“We missed some crucial serves late in the first set and lost it but the girls didn’t hang their heads. They came out ready to play in the second set and pulled out another close one,” said Terri Carlin, IMS eighth-grade volleyball coach.
“With the serve and set point, Emma Sigg served an ace to give us the win in the third set. I was proud of Emma’s leadership. She is playing with confidence and her serving gave us a real boost.”
Sigg had eight service aces and one kill and Rebecca Cunningham had seven aces and one kill. Halie Cleaver had five ace serves and one set assist. Paige Miller and Courtney Smith each had three service aces and Mackenzie Weseloh had one ace.
Anderson County took the B-team match 29-27, 30-28. Darci Collins and Danielle Ware each had three service aces and Mickey Ingle had two ace serves. Ware, Karlie Lower, Megan Smith, Ingle and Courtney Smith each had a kill.
Iola Middle School’s seventh-grade A-team lost 25-19, 25-22. IMS seventh-grade coach Muffy Fehr said playing short a setter, Emma Piazza did double duty setting up the hits for the team’s offense. Kyra Moore made 100 percent of her serves in the first set and had one ace. Haley Slater had a good night defensively passing the ball.
“All in all, I’m pleased with the way the girls played,” Fehr said.
In the seventh-grade B-team match, Anderson County won a tough three-set match, 25-22, 22-25, 15-3. The Bulldogs came from behind to win the first set, then Iola had an overall team effort to win the second set.
Fehr said Addie Haar and Kathy Tush led the effort with their serving. Kim Kaufman and Lauren Hunt made crucial defensive plays. She said the Ponies were unable to maintain the serve in the third set loss.
“My B-team players have really improved this season,” Fehr said.
Iola’s teams hosted Independence this afternoon at the IMS gym.