The Boonville girls volleyball team couldn't have played any worse in the opening set against the Versailles Lady Tigers last night at the  Windsor gymnasium.
With a combination of hitting errors, poor passing and dropped balls to the floor, the Lady Pirates watched Versailles take the first game of the match by a score of 25-19.
But then in the second set, Boonville began to find its rhythm through the serving of senior Zoe Root and junior Kristin Hoff while tying the match at 1-all with a 25-16 victory.
Although the Lady Pirates were fortunate to be in the match against a pesky Versailles team, they still managed to overcome a slow start to win the third game as well by a score of 25-18.
Boonville volleyball coach Susie Stone said in the first set the girls allowed Versailles to keep them out of system and also failed to block strong at the net.
"When we let Versailles go on a five point run at 10-10, we had to play catch up the rest of the match and we cannot put ourselves in that position," Stone said. "The second set we started strong behind Zoe Root at the service line. She kept them off balance and out system with strategic serve placement and we blocked strong at the net. Versailles had to alter their hits and we were able to funnel the offense to our back row.
"We kept momentum for the next two rotations before allowing Versailles to get some life on back to back aces. We have to continue to communicate and strive for trust in each other. In the third set we stepped up at the 13 point mark with some strong block points at the net and I felt that was the turning of the tide in our favor. Mariah Root, Kristen Hoff and Bailey Pfeiffer got on some serving runs in this set for us and defensively we picked up the pace and put multiple connections together as a team."
Despite losing the first set of the match, Boonville and Versailles played to four ties solely because the Lady Pirates struggled in all facets of the game. Nonetheless after battling back at 10-10 on a kill by Raven Stone, Boonville couldn't seem to buy a point after that as Versailles went on a 9-2 run to lead by a score of 19-12.
Meanwhile, after rallying to cut the lead to three at 22-19, the Lady Pirates never got any closer in the match as Versailles came back with three straight points for the victory.
In the second set, the Lady Pirates took a page out of Versailles' playbook by reeling off seven straight points. And even though the Lady Tigers cut the lead to four on two different occasions at 16-12 and 17-13, they were never really able to close the game any closer as Boonville came back with seven straight points by Zoe Root to make it 24-13. Then, after a kill by Versailles, Boonville junior Taylor Fry closed out the second set with a kill to even the match at 1-all.
In the third set, Boonville and Versailles battled back and forth with eight ties, the last coming at 11-all.
The Lady Pirates then came back and reeled off five straight points to go up 16-11 never to trail again while outscoring Versailles 9-7 the rest of the way for the victory.
Kristin Hoff led the Lady Pirates with 21 digs along with 14 service points with four aces, one assist and four kills on 7 of 10 attack attempts.
Bailey Pfeiffer had 12 kills on 24 of 29 attack attempts along with eight digs, eight service points with one ace and two blocks. Mariah Root added 12 digs and eight service points with two aces while Zoe Root had 13 service points with three aces, five digs and 2 of 2 on attack attempts, Kylie Hohensee with eight digs, four service points and 2 of 3 on attack attempts, Morgan Edwards with nine blocks, five kills on 9 of 10 attack attempts and four digs, Raven Stone with five blocks, five kills on 8 of 9 attack attempts, three digs and two assists, Taylor Fry with five blocks, five kills on 10 of 11 attack attempts and three digs, Anna Davis with four digs, four kills on 7 of 11 attack attempts and one block and Sam Ivy with three digs, two blocks and 2 of 2 on attack attempts.
In the JV match, Boonville defeated Versailles in two straight 25-13 and 25-21.
Boonville JV coach Carlei Wies said in the first game the girls really set the tempo and covered well. Meanwhile, in the second set, Wies said the girls played to their level. "We missed several serves but we barely pulled it out," Wies said.
Daryl Fagan had 23 digs and seven service points with three aces while Makenzie Ficken added 10 assists, nine service points with five aces and six kills, Anna Terlep with eight kills, seven digs, six service points with two aces and one assist, Kat Xufuris with nine digs and one kill, Kelsi Dillender with five kills and four digs, Emma Goff with seven assists and three digs, Sydney Poindexter with four digs and four kills, Jessica Luscombe with four kills and two digs and Sophie Taube with four digs.