Pony teams lose to Rockets

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

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Iola Middle School’s Katie Shields makes a pass in front of her teammates Kyra Moore (28) and Torrie Lewis (32) in the seventh-grade volleyball match against Royster here Tuesday.
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Iola Middle School’s Alexis Hobbs (31) serves in the eighth-grade A-team match Tuesday.

Iola Middle School’s Pony volleyball teams struggled at home against Chanute’s Royster Middle School Rockets Tuesday.
The Pony eighth-grade A-team lost 25-7, 25-14. Emma Sigg had six service aces for Iola.
“The score doesn’t indicate how hard the girls played. We were making some great passes and the girls were more aggressive,” said Terri Carlin, IMS eighth-grade coach. “Chanute has so many girls who can serve tough, set the ball and spike the ball with power.”
Carlin said Sigg and Halie Cleaver did a good job passing the ball. Cleaver and Mackenzie Weseloh were great court leaders for the Ponies.
In eighth-grade B-team action, Royster won 25-8, 25-5. Carlin said the Ponies had a tough time with serve receive.
Mickey Ingle had two ace serves and Darci Collins had one ace serve. Allie Cleaver had one kill and “was a good leader on the floor.”
Iola’s seventh-grade A-team lost 25-8, 25-18 to Royster. The second set was tied at 16 before Royster pulled ahead.
“Royster always has excellent teams that serve and hit well. Our girls struggled with how to handle Royster’s power in the first set but in the second set Haley Slater and Emma Piazza started returning serves and spikes,” said Muffy Fehr, IMS seventh-grade coach.
The seventh-grade B-team took Royster to three sets before bowing, 25-27, 22-25, 15-9. Selene McHaley had six points serving for Iola in the first set. Ashley Cary and Chelsea Lea helped in the second set win with nine good serves.
Emery Driskel and Hannah Stout played well defensively.
“I’m glad the girls played well in the B match. It was exciting to watch. We just didn’t serve well in the third set,” Fehr said.
The Iola A-teams travel to Burlington for a tournament Saturday.