Fillies lose out in 4A substate

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Coming up for a tip over the net is Iola High’s Jazmyne Honeycutt (1) with Toni Taylor (15) and Mindy Powelson (30) at the net with her against Circle at Saturday’s Class 4A substate. The Fillies lost in the opening round of the substate tournament they hosted.

Effort was there. The win didn’t come for Iola High’s Fillies Saturday afternoon at home in a Kansas Class 4A Substate Volleyball Tournament.
“When you walk in to a substate it’s going to be a day you execute everything you’ve worked on all season or you don’t. It is the one day as a team you prepare for all season,” said Jodi Grover, Iola High head coach.
“We were at the top of our game. We executed but Circle was just better.”
The Fillies faced Circle High’s Thunderbirds in the opening round on their home court. Circle led by junior hitter Hanna Flaming beat Iola 25-17, 25-18.
Circle went on to lose to Rose Hill, 25-19, 25-20, in the semifinals. Rose Hill had defeated Osawatomie 25-13, 25-11 in the first round.
Top-seeded Anderson County rolled past Prairie View 25-15, 25-11 and El Dorado defeated Augusta 29-27, 25-19. El Dorado, seeded No. 4 at 13-22 coming into the tournament, upended Anderson County (35-2) in the semifinals, 25-16, 19-25, 26-24.
Rose Hill captured the 4A substate championship with a 25-16, 25-11 win over El Dorado. Rose Hill goes to the Class 4A state tournament this weekend in Salina.
As for the Fillies, they end the season at 9-24. It was the final match for seniors Jazmyne Honeycutt, Alex Hill, Molly Riebel, Megan Cook, Shelby Greenwood and Mindy Powelson.
“We knew we had to score points when No. 17 (Flaming) was on the back row. We also knew we had to cheat over a little on our blocks against her,” Grover said.
“We got a lot of touches on the ball at the net plus had some good blocks. We also didn’t seal blocks, which is something we’re learning to do better.”
Honeycutt had three solo blocks and three assisted blocks in the match. One solo block tied set one at 2-2. The set was tied at 5-all when Circle went on a four-point run.
Down 10-6, Iola sophomore Kendra Taiclet came up with a kill to get the ball back. Cook served up three straight points for the Fillies.
A kill by sophomore Kelsey Larson made it 13-11. The Fillies weren’t able to hold serve and string points together.
In the second set, Iola came from behind to take a 6-4 lead. Greenwood had three consecutive service points, the third on a tip kill by Powelson.
Honeycutt had two service points that made it 10-10. Again coming from behind, the Fillies fought back with a kill by Honeycutt to make it 16-14.
Greenwood served three straight points. Honeycutt’s block made in 17-16 but Circle got the next point then had a service run of six points to put the match out of reach.
“Serving didn’t hurt us and hitting didn’t hurt us. We just couldn’t defend the serve against a very good hitting team. Our girls gave their all and that’s what we asked for,” Grover said.
Honeycutt had two service points and five kills for the match. Greenwood had seven serve points, two kills and two digs. Cook served three points and had two digs.
Larson was credited with 10 set assists, four assisted blocks and one kill. Riebel had three digs.
Taiclet downed two kills, had one solo block and one assisted block. Powelson had two kills.
“We’ll miss our seniors. I talked to our underclassmen coming back and they’re committed to help build the program,” Grover said.
“It takes intensity on the court and commitment and a love for the sport to build a program. We’re out to do that here at Iola.”