The Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team had one of those nights last night against School of the Osage.
After recording an impressive win over the Mexico Lady Bulldogs on Tuesday 10-2, the Lady Pirates appeared to take two steps back last night while losing to Osage by a score of 7-2.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 1-2 overall, head coach Stephanie Green said this was a frustrating loss.
“We knew we should have fared better in many of our positions,” Green said. “We’ve trained well and show a lot of confidence and poise on the courts. We do have to learn to play a difference paced games than the ones we’ve played the last-two matches. However, I thought Amy Shipman played very well-smart and strong and that became evident when she broke open in the last-three games. Once Blacksher started playing at the pace Shipman likes, it was a sealed deal because she can blast baseline strokes with pace and accuracy and those strokes coming after a slower paced match just ended her match on the right note. It’s good for us to get some losses under us at certain positions because now we know what we have to work on and how to adjust to different styles of games.”
What transpired was ugly to say the least as Boonville won only one of six matches in singles play against Osage.
That one win turned out to be at the No. 1 position, as junior Amy Shipman defeated Osage’s Anastacia Blacsher by a score of 8-5.
The rest of the night was like a nightmare for the Lady Pirates, starting with No. 2 singles player Kelsey Gerlach losing to Hannah Bashore 8-6. The night continued to snowball after that, as No. 3 singles player Carley Esser fell to Courtney Grasshoff 8-5. At No. 4 singles, senior Amanda Cook lost to Mandee Reahr 7-9. At No. 5 singles, freshman Jessica Leathers fell to Kristina Ruck 8-0. Meanwhile, at No. 6 singles, senior Kelsie Williams dropped a 8-1 decision against Kaitlyn Ruck.
The Lady Pirates fared no better in doubles while dropping two out of three matches.
The only winner in doubles for Boonville was the No. 2 team of Gerlach and Esser over Grasshoff and Reahr by a score of 8-4.
At No. 1 doubles, Shipman and Cook lost to Blacksher and Bashore by a score of 8-3. Meanwhile, at No. 3 doubles, the team of Leathers and Breanna Beran fell to the team of Ruck and Ruck 8-2.
Green said Gerlach and Esser found their rhythm finally after a couple of ugly games and once that clicked, it was apparent which team had control of the court. “As always, we’re very proud of our ladies for doing the right things and keeping their composure in the face of some defeats and challenges,” Green said.
Osage also recorded wins in three out of five matches in junior varsity action.
Posting wins for Boonville was the doubles team of Sabrina Elbert and Kelsey Redden over the team of Jessica Smith and Adora Bax 6-4 and the team of Makayla Penny and Susie Dains over Ellie and Jordan Xufuris 5-4.
In other matches, the team of Megan Roth and Ellie Monk lost to the No. 1 team of Smith and Bax by a score of 6-2.
At No. 2 JV doubles, the team of Kristen Williams and Makayla Penny fell to the team of Winn and Carson by a score of 6-4. Meanwhile, at No. 3 doubles, the team of Stephanie Kempf and Jordan Xufuris dropped a 6-4 decision against the team of Winn and Carson.
The Boonville Lady Pirates tennis team will host the annual Lady Pirate Tennis Open on Saturday at both the high school tennis courts and Lions park.
Boonville will play Lexington in the opening round starting at 8:30 a.m., followed by Osage in Round 2, Fulton in Round 3 and Moberly in Round 4.