Iola, Humboldt volleyball squads open season

Prairie View's season-opening tournament proved a good test for Iola and Humboldt's volleyball teams. Both went 2-3 on the day, with the Lady Cubs defeating Iola in one of the matches.


August 30, 2021 - 9:24 AM

LA CYGNE — Both Iola and Humboldt High’s volleyball teams won a pair of matches Saturday in their season-opening tournament hosted by Prairie View.

The squads opened the day with Humboldt prevailing over Iola, 25-16, 25-21.

For Iola, Jackie Fager and Jenna Curry each knocked in three kills, while Rio Lohman had four blocks, Kaysin Crusinberry 10 assists and Chloe Sell led with a passing average of 2.7.

From there, the Mustangs fell, 25-8, 25-16 to host Prairie View. Reese Curry led with three blocks, while Aysha Houk had a 2.3 passing average.

Iola’s day ended on a high note. First, the Mustangs thumped Waverly, 25-18, 25-17. Fager, Houk and Sell each had three aces, while Ally Ellis, Lohman and Curry all had three kills.

Iola dropped a tough, three-set heartbreaker against Burlington, 25-16, 22-25 and 26-24. Lohman proved tough up front with five kills and five blocks. Ellis had eight assists. Sell had 19 digs.

Iola wrapped up its busy day with another straight-set win over Waverly, 27-25 and 25-12. 

Houk led with four aces and 10 digs. Curry had four kills and two blocks. Crusinberry wound up with eight assists.

THE LADY Cubs also picked up a win against Waverly, prevailing 25-12, 25-19 before falling to Prairie View, 25-16, 25-14, and then Baldwin, 25-9, 25-20. The Lady Cubs fell again to Prairie View, 25-22, 25-16, in the third-place match.

Nautianna Goforth led the way with 21 kills on the day, followed by Shelby Shaughnessy and Karley Wools with 15 kills apiece and Kirstyn Murrow with 13. Murrow, Shaughnessy and Kenisyn Hottenstein led with nine, seven and six aces, respectively. Shaughnessy, Goforth and Wools also had two blocks apiece. Hottenstein led with 77 assists, and Brooklyn Ellis had 32 kills, followed by Wools with 28.

“We really battled well throughout the day,” Humboldt head coach Terry Meadows said. “We would get out of scoring droughts much quicker than last year. We played well together.”