Lady Cubs earn sweep

Humboldt High's volleyball team overcame some early hiccups to earn a sweep Monday. The Lady Cubs defeated Erie in three sets and swept Yates Center.


September 28, 2021 - 9:59 AM

Humboldt High's Brooklyn Ellis serves in a match earlier this season. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

YATES CENTER — After a slow start, Humboldt High’s volleyball team settled in nicely Monday evening.

The Lady Cubs struggled in their first match of the night, a Tri-Valley League contest against Erie, and even dropped the first set, 27-25.

But Humboldt righted its ship from there, taking the second set, 25-22, and the tiebreaker, 25-12.

“We came out strong, and then started making some unforced errors,” head coach Terry Meadows said, “and let the first set slip away.  We started the second set down and could not get anything going.  Once we started playing like a team again, we started to improve and took the next two sets.”

The match also put Humboldt at 1-0 in Tri-Valley League play.

The momentum continued in their second and final match against Yates Center. Humboldt cruised to a 25-15 and 25-18 victory.

“We played much more like ourselves and were able to string together points,” Meadows said.

Against Erie, Nautianna Goforth led the way with 12 kills and shared team honors with three blocks. She also had seven digs.

Kirstyn Murrow racked up nine kills, four assists and 19 digs. Kenisyn Hottenstein also had three blocks, 34 set assists, two aces and six digs. Karley Wools delivered six kills and nine digs. Shelby Shaughnessy had a pair of aces, three kills and two digs. Brooklyn Ellis and Kirsten Kobold each  chipped in with six digs. Kobold also had three kills.

Goforth had another strong match in the win over Yates Center, with 10 kills and nine digs. Murrow followed with seven kills and eight digs. Hottenstein had 27 set assists and three kills. Wools also had three kills and six digs along with three aces. Ellis served up two aces and had six digs. Kinley Tucker had five digs.