Mustangs tangle with Prairie View

Long rallies, nice serves and deft passing were evident throughout Iola Middle School's home matches with Prairie View Thursday. The Mustangs are back in action at home Thursday against Burlington.



September 21, 2021 - 10:32 AM

Above, Iola Middle School seventh-grader Dally Curry (30) tips the ball in a match with Prairie View. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

Iola Middle School’s volleyball teams had lots of wild momentum swings Monday.

The Mustang eighth-grade A team fell, 3-2, to visiting Prairie View.

“The girls played great during the two sets we won,” IMS head coach Terri Carlin said. “The other sets were a little rough.”

Iola won the opener, 25-9, fell in the second set, 25-9, then rebounded to win the third, 25-22. But Prairie View ended with a flourish, outscoring Iola, 25-9, to force the fifth-set tiebreaker, which the Buffalos won, 15-9.

“We had several girls step up and play well. Madison Hall had a great game and was really a leader on the court,” said Carlin.

Hall had four ace serves and a pair of kills. Lily Lohman, Madelyn Ashworth, and Kandrella McCullough each had three ace serves. Faith Warden added an ace. Carly Kramer had one assist. Bella Rahming had a kill.

The eighth-grade B team won two sets, 25-20 and 25-18.

Warden racked up seven ace serves, followed by Rahming with five and Lohman with three. Stephanie Fees chipped in with two ace serves, and Kramer had one.

Brooklyn Hopkins serves for Iola Middle School Monday against Prairie View. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register
Kandrella McCullough receives the ball in a match against Prairie View Monday. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register
Iola Middle School’s Madelyn Ashworth (32) serves in a match Monday against Prairie View. Standing by is teammate Stephanie Fees. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register
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IN SEVENTH-GRADE action, Iola’s A team fell short to the Buffalos in five sets, 25-16, 26-24, 24-26, 13-25 and 15-8.

“Several Mustangs did a great job serving,” head coach Aubrey Westhoff said.

Zoie Hesse and Dally Curry led the way with six aces apiece, Brooklyn Holloway had four aces, Sheridan Byrd and Emma Michael had three each and Kinsey Jelinek, Kaydra Scheibmeir, and Zoe Warner all had one.

“The girls also did an excellent job of playing at the net,” Westhoff said.

Byrd led with six kills, Holloway had five, Hesse had four kills and Curry had three. 

” Sheridan and Dally did an excellent job of getting that second hit and setting the girls up,” Westhoff said. “The girls did such a good job of moving, talking, setting the ball up, and serving.  It was so fun watching them play tonight.”

The B team also fought hard, falling in four sets, 25-12, 26-24, 25-18 and 25-16.

Zoe Warner had four aces, Kaydance Frame had two aces, and Lainey Oswald, Annie House and Ay’Real Davis each had one.

Maddie McDermeit, Elizabeth Maier, Melody Norman and House each had a kill.

“The girls did a great job of talking and moving,” Westhoff said. “One thing they really shined with was being able to get that second pass back into play when someone had a bad pass. This is something we’ve really worked with them on all season. We played some great volleyball tonight.”

Iola hosts Burlington Thursday.