Fillies conclude regular season play

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

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Iola High’s Mindy Powelson (30) gets a tip for a kill during a home match. The Fillies went 2-2 in Saturday’s Anderson County High Invitational in Garnett.

GARNETT — Iola High’s Fillies opened and closed their action at Saturday’s Anderson County High Invitational with victories.
The IHS volleyball team avenged two early season losses with wins Saturday.
Starting pool play just like they did in the Iola High Invitational, the Fillies faced Burlington High’s Wildcats. The teams went three sets just like at Iola but this time the Fillies won 18-25, 25-23, 25-9.
The Fillies lost their other two pool matches. Labette County defeated Iola 25-16, 25-23 and Anderson County beat Iola 25-18, 25-7.
After pool play the two third-place teams from each pool played each other. Iola took on Prairie View, a team that beat Iola in its home opener.
The Fillies netted a 25-22, 25-13 win in the rematch.
“The girls had their momentum back and played well throughout the two sets,” said Jodi Grover, IHS head coach. “It was a good way to end the day coming out 2-2.”
Prairie View and Anderson County are in the Class 4A substate tournament hosted by Iola this Saturday. The Fillies finished regular season play at 9-23.
Grover said the Fillies started out playing well against Burlington. She said it was good to see the girls come together as a team and really connect to execute plays.
The Fillies and Wildcats split the first two sets. Grover said Megan Cook served Iola to a 9-0 start in the third set. Kendra Taiclet served six points to put Iola up 16-2.
“We continued to play well, utilizing the 5-1 offense with our middle hitters hitting a variety of attacks at the net,” Grover said. “I was pleased to see the girls work hard for this win.”
The Labette County match was close throughout. It was 22-19 in the second set when Labette County moved to 24-19. Jazmyne Honeycutt served Iola to within one point 24-23, when the match ended on a net foul.
Grover said Anderson County has a fundamentally sound team and Iola was able to keep pace with them in the first set.
“We were executing plays, passing well and making our serves,” Grover said. “In the second set, we could not get our passing and our blocking at the net to seal the block. We lost the set mentally, not due to the inability to play well.”
Shelby Greenwood pounded down 18 kills and had two solo blocks to lead Iola’s net attack. Jazmyne Honeycutt had 15 kills and three solo blocks.
Kendra Taiclet delivered 11 kills and put up five solo blocks in the tournament. Mindy Powelson had five kills and three solo blocks.
Kelsey Larson was credited with 46 set assists and made three solo blocks. Toni Taylor had one kill, one solo block and two assisted blocks.
Megan Cook had 13 defensive digs and three ace serves. Molly Riebel had six digs.