Finish the season at 23-5-1 overall and 9-3 in the NCMC
The Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team didn't want to go out like that last night in the regular-season finale against the Hannibal Pirates during Senior-Parents Night at the Windsor gymnasium.
After a two-set victory Tuesday night on the road against Mexico, the Lady Pirates felt at best that they could make it close last night against Hannibal. Boonville also had home-court advantage not to mention that it was also Senior-Parents Night.
However after getting off to a rocky start in the first set while losing 25-12, the Lady Pirates couldn't seem to get over the hump while falling in the second set 25-17 to lose the match in two.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 23-5-1, head coach Susie Stone said Hannibal is a strong team and they did not commit many unforced errors and as result they were able to get momentum early, keep it and push through to the end.
Such wasn't the case for the Lady Pirates, as in Boonville. While committing 13 errors alone in the first set, the Lady Pirates also fell behind early while trailing 4-0 due mainly on their own miscues.
Nonetheless, Boonville did have some good moments in the set. Despite a slow start, the Lady Pirates were able to battle back to cut the lead to five at 10-5 after a cross-court kill by junior Anna Davis.
However from that point on it was pretty much all Hannibal as the Lady Pirates stretched the lead to 10 at 16-6 after a hitting error by Boonville. Hannibal then held its biggest lead of the set at 23-8 after a serve-receive error by the Lady Pirates.
Boonville never got any closer than 12 points in the match, although they did have one good moment late when sophomore Morgan Edwards came up with an impressive block to cut the lead at 24-12. However it was just too much Hannibal on this night as the Lady Pirates came right back and closed out the first set with a hit to the middle by junior Melanie Blase to win 25-12.
Stone said she would have liked to start stronger against Hannibal in the first set but the girls struggled with serve-relieve.
"Hannibal had strong connections at the net for the first five points before we even had a kill," Stone said. "They are a team that has many offensive weapons. They are able to spread the ball around and isolate your blocking for one on one opportunities and that is exactly what they did to us in the first game. We worked with a different line for the first match and we got stuck in one rotation and could not get out of it. And then we allowed Hannibal to go on large point runs. They served four aces in the set and blocked strong and we could not recover from the positive penetration they got over the net."
The second set was a little better for the Lady Pirates, as they played Hannibal to four ties early at 2-2, 3-3, 4-4 and 5-5.
But from that point on the Lady Pirates had to scrap and claw for every point they got while rallying from a 10-6 deficit with three straight points on back-to-back-to-back kills by Raven Stone, Bailey Pfeiffer and Kylie Hohensee to cut the lead to one at 10-9.
Unfortunately for Boonville, they had little to show after that as Hannibal came back with six straight points to extend the lead back to seven at 16-9.
Then, after three straight points by Boonville, two of which came on the serving of junior Kristin Hoff to make it 16-12, Hannibal came back and outscored the Lady Pirates 6-2 to go up 22-14.
Boonville and Hannibal traded points after that, with the Lady Pirates closing out the second set on another error by Boonville.
Stone said the girls executed strong and took advantage of some service errors from Hannibal.
'We had stronger rallies and was able to score some points out of our transition offense," Stone said. "We were not able to push the middle tonight because Hannibal kept us scrambling on defense and we had to force the outsides and backsides."
Bailey Pfeiffer led the attack for Boonville with eight assists, eight digs, seven kills on 13 of 16 attack attempts and one service point with one ace.
Kristin Hoff finished the match with 14 digs, three service points with two aces, one kill on 3 of 3 attack attempts and one assist, while Zoe Root added 11 assists, three digs and 1 of 1 on attack attempts, Mariah Root with seven digs and two service points, Raven Stone with four kills on 7 of 9 attack attempts with two digs, one block and one assist, Kylie Hohensee with three digs, one kill on 3 of 3 attack attempts and one service point, Morgan Edwards with two blocks and two kills on 4 of 4 attack attempts, Sam Ivy with three kills on 6 of 7 attack attempts with one block, Taylor Fry with two blocks, one dig and one kill on 6 of 6 attack attempts, Anna Davis with two kills on 6 of 7 attack attempts with one dig, Anna Terlep with one dig, one service point and 1 of 1 on attack attempts and Daryl Fagan with one dig.
In the JV match, Boonville defeated Hannibal in three sets 23-25, 25-22 and 25-23.
Stone said the JV squad responded well to the challenges and changes that she placed before them. "They moved well, kept their energy level high and was able to come back from being down one set to fight back and defeat Hannibal in two," Stone said. "In the last set we made a blocking change and it helped us to force Hannibals offense to slow down."
Sophomore Daryl Fagan led the JV team with 31 digs and seven service points. Makenzie Ficken finished the match with 17 assists, 12 service points with one ace and seven digs while Bridgett Fischer added 16 digs, eight kills, four service points with one ace and two blocks, Anna Terlep with seven kills, five digs, five service points with two aces and three blocks, Emma Goff with nine assists, six service points with one ace and four digs, Katarnia Xufuris with 10 service points with one ace and nine digs, Jessica Luscombe with eight kills, four blocks and two digs, Sophie Taube with 10 digs and one service point, Sydney Poindexter with four digs and one kill, Kelsi Dillender with two digs, one block and one kill, Emilyn O'Laughlin with two digs, one block and one kill and Holly Brady with one dig.