Iola, Humboldt JV volleyball seasons open

Iola and Humboldt's junior varsity volleyball teams were at the Iola Invitational Saturday to open the 2021 season. Both teams saw newcomers experience plenty of success.



August 31, 2021 - 9:28 AM

Iola High's Elza Clift goes up for a kill attempt against Burlington Saturday in the Iola Invitational, a junior varsity volleyball tournament. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

A gymnasium filled with junior varsity volleyball players — many playing at the high school level for the first time — was the setting for an action-packed Iola Invitational ‘tournament Saturday. 

Alana Mader delivers a serve for the Iola High junior varsity volleyball team Saturday.Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

Under the tournament format, each team played two sets per match, regardless of outcome.

Iola’s Mustangs won their first match of the day, 25-18 and 25-23 over Humboldt, before falling to Burlington, 26-24, 25-15.

Iola then split its next two matches against Anderson County (winning 25-22 and losing 25-21) and Prairie View  (25-10, 18-25).

Burlington prevailed, 25-19, 25-13, in the third-place match against Iola.

Humboldt High junior varsity player Jada Malloy, right, receives the ball in front of Lady Cub teammates Jenna Malloy (36) and Chanlynn Wrestler (30) Saturday at the Iola Invitational.Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

IN HUMBOLDT’S other action, the Lady Cubs earned a split against Prairie View, falling in the first set, 25-16, and winning the second, 25-19. Humboldt fell in both sets to Wellsville, 25-15, 25-21.

Against Iola, the Lady Cubs were led by Chanlynn Wrestler, who had eight aces, while Rylan Covey had two kills and Jenna Malloy racked up three assists. Jaday Malloy and Cassidy Friend each had three digs.

Several players shined in the Prairie View match. Jada Malloy had six aces and three kills. Wrestler had four aces and three kills, along with five digs. Friend had six digs. Covey had three aces, as did Gracie Dillow.

Dillow had six aces, followed by Wrestler with three and Jada Malloy with two against Wellsville. Shelby Daniels tallied three kills. Jenna and Jada Malloy both had two assists.