Fillies stumble in SEK on Senior Night

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High’s Fillies had no answer for Columbus High’s Jessica Anderson (20) at the net as Iola seniors Shelby Greenwood (head band) and Alex Hill are unable to block the tip during Thursday’s home match.

It was Senior Night. It was the only time Iola High’s Fillies would play in Southeast Kansas League action at home this season.
But Columbus High’s Lady Titans and Parsons High’s Lady Vikings be-came the spoilers Thursday.
Columbus decked Iola 25-21, 25-17 to open the night of league play. Parsons rallied to defeated Columbus 26-28, 25-23, 25-18.
Then Parsons, coached by IHS graduate Megan (Snyder) Mantooth, beat the Fillies 25-18, 25-15.
“The girls are going through the motions but not executing the kill,” said Jodi Grover, Fillies’ head coach.
“We played reserved when we had an opportunity to kill the ball at the net.”
Grover said she saw an increase in her team’s intensity level against Parsons. Passing continues to be a problem for the Fillies, she said.
Seniors Jazmyne Honeycutt, Alex Hill, Megan Cook, Mindy Powelson, Molly Riebel and Shelby Greenwood were honored before the Parsons match. Honeycutt finished the night with eight kills and three stuff blocks.
Greenwood had seven kills. Hill and Powelson each had three kills. Cook was credited with 12 set assists.
Kelsey Larson had eight assists. Kendra Taiclet put down four kills and Toni Taylor had three kills.
Taiclet ended up serving for five points and had one service ace. Cook served four points on the night while Greenwood and Honeycutt each had three points.
Taylor and Larson served for two points each. POwelson and Hill had one service point apiece. Honeycutt and Larson each had two ace serves.
Iola’s varsity is 0-4 in SEK play and 6-13 overall. The Fillies play in the Ottawa High tournament Saturday.
Iola’s junior varsity earned a split in match decisions at home Thursday. Iola beat Columbus 25-5, 25-11, then lost to Parsons 26-24 25-9.
“We had good serves led by Riana Dolenz at the serving line against Columbus,” said Chrissy Powell, IHS assistant coach. “We struggled against Parsons. We couldn’t pass, hit or serve and we lacked on our coverage of cupping the hitters.”
Dolenz served 20 points, four on aces, against Columbus and had 22 service points for the night. Tori Snavely and Keli Lee each served for 10 points in the two matches.
Kirstin McGuffin had nine service points and four ace serves. Carly Mulsow had two points and one ace and Kelsey Adams had one service point.
At the net, Adams delivered seven kills — six against Columbus — and two stuffed blocks against Parsons. Mulsow had seven kills and Dolenz had five kills and one block.
Lee, McGuffin and Snavely each had one kill.
The Iola varsity and junior varsity teams travel to Coffeyville next Thursday in SEK play, facing Labette County and Coffeyville.