The Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team had what head coach Susie Stone deemed a successful weekend by finishing third in the Warrensburg Invitational Tournament.
While finishing 5-1 in pool play, the Lady Pirates came out and dominated Cameron in the opening round by winning in straight sets 25-16 and 25-11. Meanwhile, after splitting games against Santa Fe 22-25 and 25-12 in the second round, Boonville came back and defeated Warrensburg in two straight 25-21 and 25-11.
Unfortunately for the Lady Pirates, they fell short of their intended goal by losing to St. Paul’s Lutheran, who finished second behind Pleasant Hill in their pool, in straight sets in the semifinals by the scores of 25-13 and 25-21.
Stone said in the first match against Cameron, the girls dominated in all phases of the game.
“We never trailed and were in control of the net with our blocking and solid defense,” Stone said. “Then, in the first game against Santa Fe, we dug ourselves into a large hole and trailed by as much as nine before we decided to fight back to close the game, but it was too late. Meanwhile, in the second game against Santa Fe, we controlled the tempo and cleaned up our hitting and defense and executed like we should.
“In the first match against Warrensburg, we let them score too many points on serve-receive aces and then we failed to minimize our errors, but we never trailed and pulled away at the end for the win. In the second match against Warrensburg we started strong, stayed strong and played solid volleyball for a convincing win.”
Stone said the Lady Pirates also hung in with St. Pauls in the semifinals and tied the match at 10-all before they went on a momentum roll.
“We allowed them to control the net and chase us all over the floor defensively,” Stone said. “They served strong and kept us out of system and we allowed one strong player to control the tempo of the match. The second game we made some minor adjustments and played better but we allowed them to win the momentum battle at the end of the match and they came away with the win. I felt like we did some strong things during the tournament and we just have to keep pushing.”
Senior Bailey Pfeiffer had 32 kills on 43 of 51 attack attempts along with 32 digs, 31 assists, 21 service points with seven aces and eight blocks.
Junior Kristin Hoff, meanwhile, finished the match with 51 digs, 27 service points with three aces, nine kills on 18 of 27 attack attempts, seven assists and three blocks.
Zoe Root had 37 assists, 26 service points with two aces along with 16 digs and one of one on attack attempts while Mariah Root added 41 digs, 20 service points with two aces, one assist and one kill on 3 of 4 attack attempts, Morgan Edwards with 16 blocks, 13 kills on 19 of 23 attack attempts and five digs, Kylie Hohensee with 18 digs, 12 service points with one ace, three kills on 10 of 16 attack attempts with two blocks and two assists, Anna Davis with 14 kills on 32 of 40 attack attempts with 14 digs, three blocks and two assists, Taylor Fry with 11 blocks, 10 kills on 22 of 33 attack attempts with eight digs, Anna Terlep with nine digs, seven service points with one ace and one of one on attack attempts, Raven Stone with four digs, four blocks, three kills on 6 of 8 attack attempts with two assists, Bridgett Fischer with five digs, two service points and one kill on 4 of 6 attack attempts, Sam Ivy with two digs, two blocks and one kill on 7 of 11 attack attempts and Daryl Fagan with one service point.