Fillies net first SEK win

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High senior Molly Riebel digs the volleyball from the back row during a recent home match. On Thursday, the Fillies went 1-1 in action at Coffeyville.

COFFEYVILLE — After a shaky start Thursday, Iola High’s Fillies turned things around on the volleyball court to record their first win in Southeast Kansas League play.
Iola defeated host Coffeyville Field Kindley High 23-25, 25-20, 25-13. The Fillies dropped a 25-23, 25-15 decision to Labette County High.
The split in matches puts the Fillies at 1-5 in SEK play and 7-19 overall.
“Serves, serves and serves. The first set we played against Coffeyville we missed seven serves,” said Jodi Grover, Fillies’ head coach. “During the second set we were up 7-3 when Jazmyne (Honeycutt) served six straight then we turn around and missed four serves in row.”
Despite the missed serves, the Fillies overcame the problems to win the second and third sets.
Grover said she played a different rotation of girls in those sets.
“The chemistry was much better on the floor. The girls were much better at communicating on the floor and pursuing every ball. It was good to have a win,”
The victory broke a nine-match losing streak for the Fillies.
Again serving and serve receive problems hampered Iola against Labette County. With it 11-11 in the second set, Labette County was able to string 11 points together with two servers.
“We can practice all types of pressure situations in practice but the reality is when they step up to the service line, they need to focus and get the ball where it needs to be,” Grover said. “We were 60 percent on serve receive, sending over free balls to enable Labette County to put us on defense most of the second set.”
Megan Cook came up with 20 set assists plus had four kills at the net and one assisted block. Jazmyne Honeycutt served up five aces.
Honeycutt led the net attack with 10 kills, two solo blocks and two assisted blocks. Kendra Taiclet put down six kills, had two solo blocks and two assisted block plus had four digs.
Kelsey Larson had 18 set assists plus two kills, one solo block and two assisted blocks at the net. Toni Taylor had six kills and two block assists.
Shelby Greenwood made four kills and one assisted block. Mindy Powelson had three kills and one assisted block.
“I’m very pleased with Megan Cook’s ability to lead the team. Megan had a great night with all around play,” Grover said. “Her enthusiasm for the game is contagious. Jazmyne Honeycutt also played well all the way around.”
The Fillies got to Chanute to play Chanute and Fort Scott in the SEK next Thursday. They finish up the regular season at Anderson County High Invitational Oct. 17.