Iola Middle School opens VB season

The IMS volleyball team began its season Thursday with a full slate of matches.

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September 3, 2021 - 2:38 PM

Madelyn Ashworth serves for Iola Middle School Thursday. COURTESY PHOTO

GARNETT — Iola Middle School’s volleyball teams hit the road Thursday to open the 2021 season, with a full slate of matches at Anderson County.

The Mustang eighth-grade A team went four sets, falling 25-22, 22-25, 25-12 and 25-20.

“The girls played really well for the first game of the season,” Iola head coach Terri Carlin said. “I was pleased with our passing.”

Libero India Barney served up four aces, and covered much of the court, including her back row responsibilities, Carlin said.

Bella Rahming added four ace serves and a kill. Madison Hall notched two aces and an assist. Arianna Warner had an ace and a pair of kills. Lily Lohman chipped in with three kills and two ace serves “and made some great plays at the net,” Carlin said. Kendrella McCullough had a solid game all-around, Carlin said, with two assists and an ace. Carly Kramer had an assist. Faith Warden had a pair of kills.

IOLA’S seventh-grade A team won a five-set thriller, 25-21, 21-25, 18-25, 25-12, and 15-11.

Head coach Aubrey Westhoff lauded the work of Kinsey Jelinek, Sheridan Byrd, Abigail Jerome, Brooklyn Holloway and Annie House.

“They did an amazing job playing the net and not letting anything go by them,” Westhoff said. “They talked, moved and made some amazing plays. I’m excited to watch they play the rest of the season.”

IN B TEAM play, Iola’s eighth-grade squad fell in four sets, 25-16, 25-5, 25-14 and 25-13. Head coach Kendra Britt said Iola’s hustle was evident throughout.

Madelyn Ashworth led with four ace serves and three kills. Nevaeh Hancock added three ace serves and a kill. Marlee Westhoff and Sam Stogsdill each had two ace serves. Lily Lohman had one ace and one kill. Carly Kramer had one ace and one assist. Stephanie Fees had an assist.  Faith Warden had one kill.

The Mustang seventh-grade B team fell in four sets, 25-20, 25-21, 25-23 and 10-25.

“To get the girls going Elizabeth Maier had a great second pass to get the ball over the net,” Westhoff said. “Annie House did an amazing job of playing at the net and not letting anything get by her. Lynsie Fehr, Annie House, Shyla Preston and Melody Norman had some amazing serves throughout the match as well.  The girls did a great job for the first match of the season.”

Iola travels to Wellsville next Thursday.

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