Iola volleyball struggles at Anderson Co. tournament

Iola's Mustangs went 0-3 Saturday at the Anderson County Invitational. The regular season ends Tuesday, also at Garnett, before substate action ramps up Saturday.

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October 18, 2021 - 10:14 AM

Iola High's Aysha Houk prepares to serve Saturday. Photo by Reese Becker / Iola Register

GARNETT — Iola High’s volleyball team traveled to Garnett Saturday for the Anderson County Invitational Tournament.

The day didn’t go as the Mustangs would have wanted. Iola went 0-3, failing to make it past the round robin portion of the tournament.

Iola’s first match was against powerhouse Labette County. 

The Mustangs fell behind early in the first set and never found their footing, dropping that set 25-9. In the second set, Iola kept it close at times, but lost 25-18.

In the second match, Iola played Burlington. Iola came out in the first set on a 10-7 run before Burlington tied the set at 14-14. The Wildcats won the back-and-forth set, 25-23. Burlington jumped to an 8-0 lead in the second set, but Iola rallied to even the score at 19-19.

But Burlington ended it with a 6-2 run to win, 25-21.

“We had glimpses of great moments,” said Iola head coach Amanda Holman. “We can’t let teams go on big runs. It seems like we play from behind a lot instead of getting a lead and keeping it.”

Iola High’s Reese Curry, foreground, and Jackie Fager waiting to line up prior to a match Saturday.Photo by Reese Becker

The final match was against Wellsville. Iola jumped out to a 3-1 start in the first set before losing 25-20. The second set was tied 14-14 at one point before Wellsville won 25-22 to complete the sweep.

“We struggle with being up to our potential on point one,” Holman said. “We are like an engine that has to get warmed up. In volleyball you can’t get warmed up, you have to just go.”

Chloe Sell had 42 digs, Reese Curry had nine kills, and Jackie Fager had eight kills. Kaysin Crusinbery had 24 assists.

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