Mustangs host Columbus, Indy for home opener

With one of the biggest teams in recent memory, the Iola tennis team had their home opener with Columbus and Independence in attendance on Thursday afternoon.



September 1, 2023 - 4:09 PM

Iola's Kyndal Bycroft goes for a hit Thursday, Photo by Quinn Burkitt

The Iola High tennis team welcomed Columbus and Independence to town Thursday to open the 2023 season. 

Mustang Keira Fawson won both her matches while Rebekah Coltrane also grabbed a singles win and the duo of Kyndal Bycroft and Harper Desmarteau won in doubles play. 

“We had some wonderful weather,” Iola head coach Chris Belknap said. “We played really well against Columbus and Indy. It was awesome to see all the local people at the meet supporting the team.”

Iola’s Keira Fawson serves. REGISTER/QUINN BURKITT

Independence took first place as a team with seven victories while Iola secured four victories and Columbus only had one win. 

In singles action, Fawson grabbed a win over Columbus’s Chloe Ash, 8-0, before taking down Indy’s Addison Rosenhoover, 8-4. 

Iola’s Molly Riebel goes for a hit. REGISTER/QUINN BURKITT

Coltrane grabbed her lone win over Columbus’s Lizzy Welch, 8-1, before falling to Independence’s Ava Gustin, 8-1. 

In doubles play, Molly Riebel and Melanie Palmer opened by losing to Columbus’s Brooklyn Lima and Hailey Ediger, 8-0, before falling to Independence’s Laney Chism and Presley Schabel, 8-5. 

Iola’s doubles of Bycroft and Desmarteau defeated Columbus’s Macey Allison and Meagan Hosier, 8-0, before losing to Independence’s Sarah Veile and Sadie York, 8-3. 

The junior varsity squad is at Parsons on Tuesday while the varsity in is Chanute on Wednesday.