Fillies have rough tourney

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

OTTAWA — Volleyball was the name of the game for the day. Iola High’s Fillies stepped into the Ottawa High Invitational against Class 4A, 5A and 6A teams last Saturday.
The Fillies came out of the tournament 0-5 but better for it.
“I’m proud that the girls never gave up and they had the opportunity to see some great volleyball. We know what we need to do in the next two weeks,” said Jodi Grover, Fillies’ head coach.
“We showed intensity, ball control in the middle part of our game, blocking im-provement and many digging improvements. We are reading the ball much better off the hit.”
Iola saw two of the teams coming to its court in two weeks at the Class 4A substate tournament — Circle and Rose Hill. The Fillies faced Circle in their pool and lost 25-22, 25-12. Iola dropped a 25-6, 25-9 to eventual champion Blue Valley West.
After a 25-10, 25-12 pool loss to Santa Fe Trail, the Fillies were reseeded to the Bronze Division. Host Ottawa defeated Iola 25-18, 25-12. The Fillies took Highland Park to three sets but the Lady Scots won 25-13, 18-25, 25-11.
“We started the morning off playing very well. Our blocking and transition has come a long way,” Grover said. “The team really put up blocks, covered the floor and transitioned into offense, putting what we’ve been practicing into play. Unfortunately, it was not good enough throughout the day.”
Against Blue Valley West, Iola struggled on serve receive as two different servers ran seven points each on the Fillies. Santa Fe Trail was able to string together point runs on Iola.
“All the girls on the team had the opportunity to step up to get the Fillies out of the slump but no one was consistent to make a difference. It is frustrating to watch and I know the girls are frustrated as well,” Grover said.
For the day, Jazmyne Honeycutt pounded down 12 kills, made three solo blocks and had three assisted blocks at the net. Shelby Greenwood put down 10 kills and had four assisted blocks at the net.
Kendra Taiclet delivered eight kills, three solo blocks and four assisted blocks. Mindy Powelson had seven kills, put up three solo blocks and had two assisted blocks. Alex Hill had eight kills and Toni Taylor had five kills.
Megan Cook was credited with 20 set assists and three kills. Kelsey Larson had 17 assists and four assisted blocks.
Greenwood came up with 13 defensive digs while Larson had 11 digs and Molly Riebel had 10 digs. Powelson had eight digs and Cook had seven digs.
Iola (6-18) goes to Coffeyville for Southeast Kan-sas League play Thursday. The Fillies are 0-4 in the SEK. They play Coffeyville (0-2, 2-13) and Labette County (2-2, 12-15) Thursday.