Finishing second in the North Central Missouri Conference in volleyball for the 2012 season appeared to have its perks for the Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team.
Although Hannibal ran away with the title at 10-0, the Lady Pirates volleyball team finished second in as many years at 7-3.
As for the perks, Boonville placed three players on the all-conference team for the 2012 season with senior Bailey Pfeiffer and junior Kristin Hoff named to the first team and senior Mariah Root as a second-team member.
Fulton, meanwhile, finished third in the conference at 6-4, followed by Kirksville at 4-6, Marshall at 3-7 and Mexico at 0-10.
Boonville girls volleyball coach Susie Stone said the three girls have been a strong reason the Lady Pirates have had success as a team for the past two years. "They have been a nucleus for us and filled leadership roles," Stone said.
Pfeiffer, a four-year letterwinner for the Lady Pirates, led the offensive attack from the outside and set off the back row.
Nobody was better at her position than Pfeiffer, who finished with 331 digs, 299 assists, 297 kills, 78 blocks, 61 aces and 198 earned service points and 3.1 serve-receive on a 4.0 scale.
"We used her in 75 percent of serve-receive rotations due to her strong passing in serve-receive," Stone said. "She is versatile and has the ability to pick apart the opponents court with hard angles, roll shots and tips."
As for Hoff and Root, Stone said she truly believes for the team to have defensive players receive post-season honors from the team, this makes a statement about how strong defensively these two players are.
Hoff, a two-year starter for Boonville, finished the season with a team-high 592 digs along with 112 kills, 54 aces with 187 service points earned and 3.4 serve-receive on a 4.0 scale.
"Kristin is able to pick up hitters who hit line and hold down the court from side to side," Stone said. "Her ability to attack out of the back row was an added skill she worked on during the off-season and it helped another element to our team offense."
Root, who has also started for the last-two years, closed out her career with 336 digs along with 42 aces with 221 service points earned and 3.2 serve-receive on a 4.0 scale.
Stone said Root helps hold down a solid defense for the Lady Pirates.
"Her strength is being able to pick up tips and read roll shots," Stone said. "She is aggressive with her passing and has been invaluable to our success over the past two seasons. She is a hard worker and a perfectionist."