Iola, Marmaton Valley play in IMS Net Games

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Emmalee Seabolt (48) passes the volleyball during an earlier home match for Iola Middle School’s seventh-grade A-team. The Ponies went 2-2 in Saturday’s Iola Middle School Net Games, a seventh-grade volleyball tournament.

Iola Middle School’s seventh-grade volleyball team held the IMS Net Games Saturday with 12 schools competing.
The IMS seventh-grade Ponies finished second in Pool A, winning two of three matches. Marmaton Valley Junior High’s B-team went 2-1 to place second in Pool C.
Both area teams advanced to ribbon bracket play. Independence No. 1 defeated Iola 21-17, 19-21, 16-14 to end the Ponies’ run in the tournament. Independence went on to defeated Marmaton Valley 3-21, 22-20, 15-13.
“I’m so proud of how our team played (Saturday),” said Muffy Fehr, IMS seventh-grade coach. “The girls have improved so much this season. What an exciting day of volleyball.”
Iola opened pool play with a 26-24, 25-20 win over Parsons, which set a tone of how the Ponies’ day would go — close sets throughout.
Against Parsons, Katie Shields’ serving brought the team from a 21-18 deficit to a 24-22 lead. Kyra Moore had two kills from sets by Emma Piazza. Moore served seven straight points in the second set and had two kills.
“The team got the ball moving well,” Fehr said.
Chanute’s Royster Middle School’s No. 2 team beat Iola 21-17, 22-20 in the second match. Fehr said set length was shortened to 21 points to speed along the tournament.
The Ponies bounced back in dramatic fashion. Down 17-8 in the first set against Coffeyville, Iola’s Piazza served 11 straight points to finish a come-from-behind win 21-17. Iola went on to win the match.
In the ribbon match with Independence No. 1, Iola was distracted by playing at Iola High School’s gym with another match going on beside it, Fehr said. Caressa Lowell’s serving and the court play of Emmalee Seabolt and Shields helped the Ponies to win the second set.
The tiebreaking third set was tied at 14-14 before Independence got the final two points.
Marmaton Valley took on Independence in the ribbon-bracket and also lost.
“This was a hard-fought match and disappointing for us to lose,” said Brenda Mills, MVJH assistant coach. “Our six girls played hard throughout the day.”
After an opening loss, 21-4, 24-4, to Royster No. 1 of Chanute, the Wildcats went on to beat Independence No. 2 21-13, 21-6. Marmaton Valley defeated Pittsburg No. 1 21-18, 21-16 to finish pool play.
For the tournament, the Wildcats got 37 service points from MaKenzie Har-rison, 24 service points from Shauna Knight, 10 from Tessa Olson, nine from Cheyenne English and eight each from Kaysha Elmenhorst and Jocelyn Miller.