Pony volleyball teams split with Indy

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Above, Iola Middle School’s Karlie Lower passes the volleyball during the eighth-grade B-team match here Thursday.
Below, set to serve is Iola’s Caressa Lowell (5) for the Pony seventh-grade A-team in Thursday’s home match.

Iola Middle School’s seventh-grade volleyball teams notched victories Thursday over visiting Independence Middle School.
Iola’s eighth-grade teams didn’t fare as well.
The Pony seventh-grade A-team defeated Independence 25-12, 25-21. Haley Slater and Kyra Moore had the Bulldogs struggling to return serves in the first set. Moore’s five straight points finished the set.
The second set was closer but the Ponies stepped up to get the win.
“Often this season the A-team hasn’t been able to pull off the win when it comes down to the last few points of a set,” said Muff Fehr, IMS seventh-grade coach. “This time our girls played composed and let the Bulldogs make the mistakes.”
Fehr said Torrie Lewis and Emmalee Seabolt kept the Ponies on track. Shelby Reno and Slater continued to serve well.
In the seventh-grade B-team match, Iola won 25-9, 25-7. Fehr said she chose the top players from Iola’s two B-team squads to make one team for Thursday.
Brianne Jett and Hannah Stout served six and four straight points, respectively, in the first set. Chelsea Lea and Lauren Hunt served well in the second set.
Others on the team were Emery Driskel, Addie Haar, Ashley Cary, Kathy Tush and Kim Kaufman.
The Iola seventh-grade team hosts a tournament Saturday.
Missing three serves in a row at the end of the first set hurt the Iola eighth-grade A-team. The Ponies lost 25-23, 25-19 to Independence.
“We did pass the ball better tonight,” said Terri Carlin, IMS eighth-grade volleyball coach.
Emma Sigg and Mackenzie Weseloh had five ace serves apiece and Sigg had one kill. Alexis Hobbs had three ace serves. Halie Cleaver had one kill and one service ace. Rebecca Cunningham and Paige Miller had one ace each.
In the B-team match, Independence beat Iola 25-17, 25-17. Carlin said Darci Collins almost caught the Ponies up in the second set with five ace serves.
Mickey Ingle had three ace serves and one kill for Iola. Allie Cleaver and Sabrina Graham had two aces serves while Patricia Haner and Sydni Haen had one ace serve each.
Danielle Ware had one kill. Katie Kelley had one set assist.
The Iola eighth grade finishes up the season Monday at the Royster Middle School tournament in Chanute.