Volleyball teams aim higher

Iola and Humboldt's high school volleyball teams were in Burlington Saturday for an action-packed tournament. The Mustangs went 2-3; Humboldt 4-1.


September 28, 2021 - 10:17 AM

Iola HIgh's Jackie Fager goes up for a kill in a match earlier this season. Photo by Richard Luken

BURLINGTON — Iola High’s volleyball team continued its busy slate Saturday, with a full day of tournament games in Burlington.

The Mustangs went 2-3 on the day, coming from behind to knock off Southern Coffey County in three sets, falling to Fredonia, Emporia and Lyndon before ending the day with a straight-sets win over Waverly.

Humboldt’s Lady Cubs went 4-1 on the day, finishing in third place after winning over Burlington in the third-place match.

IOLA started off on a dour note, dropping the first set to Southern Coffey County, 25-17, but the Mustangs responded with a bang. Iola rolled to victories in the next two sets, 25-18 and 25-16, to win the match.

Jenna Curry hit 13 of 14 serves with three aces, while Reese Curry and Ally Ellis shared team-high honors with seven kills apiece. Rio Lohman and Jackie Fager each had six kills.

Kaysin Crusinbery racked up 23 set assists. Chloe Sell added 15 digs with a 2.3 passing average. 

Aysha Houk led with a 2.8 passing average and went a perfect 8-of-8 from the service line.

Next up was a 25-16, 25-16 loss to Fredonia.

Houk went 9-of-9 on serves with a 2.7 passing average. Crusinbery had 13 assists. Jenna Curry, Reese Curry, Ellis and Lohman all had a pair of blocks. Jenna Curry led with five kills. Sell had 10 digs.

The struggles continued with a 25-16 and 25-17 loss to Emporia.

Lohman had four kills; Reese Curry had three. Lohman also had a solo block and two assisted blocks to lead the defense. Jenna Curry had a pair of aces and a 2.5 passing average. Sell led with six digs, Crusinbery with nine assists.

Iola couldn’t close the door with a win over Lyndon after carrying the first set, 25-13. Lyndon bounced back to win, 25-22, to force a third set. Iola dropped that one, 25-17.

The match was a veritable block party for IHS.

Fager’s 10 kills led Iola. Sell had five aces and a 2.3 passing average. Crusinbery had 14 assists. Lohman led with two solo and four assisted blocks. Reese Curry also had four assists and one solo block. Ellis added a solo and three assisted blocks.

Houk led with a 2.5 passing average.

The Mustangs ended the day on a bright note, sweeping Waverly, 25-19 and 25-18.

Sell and Ellis both dealt a pair of aces. Lohman was strong at the net with six kills, a pair of solo blocks and one assisted block. Houk had a perfect 3.0 passing average.

HUMBOLDT won a tight one over Lyndon, 26-24 and 25-23, then blasted Waverly, 25-8 and 25-9, before wrapping up pool play with a three-set thriller over Burlington, 17-25, 25-19 and 25-21.

But Southern Coffey County ended Humboldt’s bid for a title with a 25-23 and 25-20 victory.

Undaunted, the Lady Cubs secured third place with a 25-18 and 25-19 win over Burlington.

“I thought we played hard all day,” head coach Terry Meadows said. “After the break we came out flat and made too many mistakes.  SCC took advantage of all our free balls.”

Kirstyn Murrow’s 37 kills led the way, to go with four aces and 29 digs.

Nautianna Goforth added 31 kills, four aces, four blocks and 22 digs.

Shelby Shaughnessy chipped in with 22 kills, 10  blocks, five aces and 13 digs.

Kenisyn Hottenstein had six aces, six kills and 123 set assists.

Karley Wools notched five aces, 18 kills, four blocks and 39 digs.

Kinley Tucker had 21 digs, while Kirsten Kobold had nine kills and 10 digs.