Humboldt takes second in tourney

Humboldt High's Lady Cubs won their first five matches of the day Saturday, but fell in the title match against Remington. Meanwhile, third-place Marmaton Valley, Crest and Yates Center also were part of the action.

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September 20, 2021 - 9:17 AM

Humboldt High's Kirstyn Murrow (8) goes up for a kill in Humboldt's home tournament Saturday. Photo by Richard Luken

HUMBOLDT — Humboldt High’s volleyball team secured second place in its own tournament Saturday, falling just short in the B&W Trailer Hitches Invitational title match.

The host Lady Cubs were 5-0 headed into the championship, and even secured a hard-fought 25-18 win over Remington in the first set.

But Humboldt could not shut the door from there. Remington rallied in a back-and-forth second set to win, 25-23, before utilizing a 10-1 run midway through the decisive third set to win, 25-19.

Humboldt High’s Kenisyn Hottenstein serves in a match Saturday. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register
Humboldt High’s Kinley Tucker, foreground, receives the ball in front of teammate Kirsten Kobold Saturday. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register
Marmaton Valley High’s Tayven Sutton (13) reaches for the ball in a match against Remington Saturday. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register
Meeting at the net are Crest High’s Kayla Hermreck, left, and Yates Center High’s Lauren McConaghie during a match at the Humboldt Invitational Tournament Saturday. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register
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Despite the loss, Humboldt coach Terry Meadows said the Lady Cubs can build on Saturday’s performance.

“We played good volleyball all day,” Meadows said. “Remington’s a tough team. They have some good hitters. I was proud of how we played. We fought back many times in the match. We had some amazing plays and kept the ball in play. Maybe too many serving errors, but overall we played great.”

As can be expected, Humboldt had many stars step up over the course of the six matches.

Kirstyn Murrow racked up 29 service aces and had 30 kills and 35 digs.

Nautianna Goforth led with 40 kills to go with seven aces, nine blocks and 21 digs.

Karley Wools chipped in with 19 kills, six aces, four blocks and 53 digs.

Kirsten Kobold had 18 kills, a block and nine digs.

Shelby Shaughnessy delivered 19 kills, 17 service aces, seven blocks and nine digs.

Kenisyn Hottenstein had 13 aces, 131 set assists and four kills. 

Brooklyn Ellis had five aces and 21 digs.

Also taking part in the tournament were Marmaton Valley, which lost in straight sets to Humboldt in the semifinal round, but rebounded to defeat Waverly, 25-23 and 25-22, in the third-place match. 

“We had our ups and downs,” Wildcat head coach Jamie Cole said. “We battled when we needed to battle. The tournament was a good experience. We’ve got some work to do, but overall, I’m pleased with how it went.”

Marmaton Valley went 4-2 on the day, falling to Humboldt and Remington, while defeating Yates Center, Crest and Coffeyville’s Field Kindley.

Crest went 1-3, defeating Field Kindley, but falling to Yates Center, Marmaton Valley and Remington.

“We struggled to get going against Yates Center” in the first match of the day, Abigail Hermreck said, but stepped up play in the win over Field Kindley.

The next match was a three-set thriller against Marmaton Valley, before the Lady Lancers fell short, 25-20, in the tiebreaker.

“Having mental toughness throughout an entire set isn’t an easy task and we had just enough of a breakdown to suffer the narrow loss,” Hermreck said. “Overall the day was a great opportunity to continue learning and growing as a team.”

Crest’s statistics on the day:

Senior Lindsey Godderz successfully served 37 of 38 with 4 ace serves, 1 kill, and 17 digs

Senior Anna Hermreck had 3 kills, 1 assist, 7 digs and 2 blocking assists.

Junior McKenna Hammond served 100% for the day with 43/43 and led the team with 7 ace serves (She served 10 straight points against Coffeyville), led in serve receive against Coffeyville, had 18 kills, 28 digs, and led the team with 24 assists.

Junior Brinkley McGhee went 13 of 16 in serving with 1 ace, had 5 attacks, 1 assist, led in serve receive against Marmaton Valley, and led the team in digs with 51.

Junior Allyssa Adams served 6/7, had 6 digs, and led the team in serve receive against Yates Center.

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