The Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team won its home opener in dominating fashion last night by beating the Columbia Hickman Lady Kewpies in two straight 25-17 and 25-23.
After dropping two straight last week on the road in the season opener against California, head coach Susie Stone said the girls are still working on putting the pieces of the puzzle together to give the team the strongest team in all six rotations.
“The girls are flexible and capable of performing many tasks,” Stone said. “We did get some penalties tonight for overlapping but we have to be more disciplined because we are pushing the limits of where we can be in formations to put us in the best positions to serve-receive and get in hitting positions as quickly as possible. These are mistakes that can easily be corrected. The girls are talking better and were excited to get our first season victory.”
The Lady Pirates definitely made a statement in Game 1. Although the Kewpies came out and took a brief lead at 1-0 and 2-1, it was pretty much all Boonville after that while reeling off six straight points to go up 7-2. The Lady Pirates never trailed after that while reeling off another five in a row behind the serving of senior Kristin Hoff to extend the lead to 18-8.
Columbia Hickman never got any closer than seven points while cutting the lead to 19-12 after a serve-receive error. However for the rest of the game, Boonville came back and outscored the Lady Kewpies 6-5 to garner the victory.
Stone said the girls served very aggressively as a team in Game 1. “Hickman was never able to get in any type of offensive rhythm,” Stone said. “Our blocks were strong and we had some strong first kill blocks off of serve-receive. The first game we only allowed Hickman to go on one three-point scoring run and were able to maintain momentum throughout the entire match.”
Of course Game 2 was a different story as Hickman battled battled and actually had the Lady Pirates on the ropes. While playing to five ties early on at 3-3, 4-4, 5-5, 6-6 and 10-10, the Lady Kewpies came back and rallied from a four-point deficit at 14-10 to go up 19-16 after Boonville was called for overlapping.
That also turned out to be the last lead in the game for Hickman as the Lady Pirates came back and reeled off six straight points on the serving of junior Anna Terlep to make it 21-20. Meanwhile, after Hickman picked up another point to tie the game at 21-all, senior Taylor Fry literally carried the Lady Pirates on her back for the rest of the match while recording three kills, including the final point, for a 25-23 victory.
Stone said the girls struggled with getting off to a strong start. “I felt we lacked a little consistency at times with our hitting attack and allowed Hickman to make a few short point runs to stay in the game,” Stone said. “When we allowed Hickman to pull ahead near the end of the game we needed to buckle down and focus on making unforced errors, keep our ball control game steady and make smarter decisions at the net. We pulled ahead and was able to regain control of the match and push ahead for the win.”
 Kristin Hoff led the Lady Pirates with 11 digs, five service point with one ace, three block assists, two kills on 3 of 4 hitting, two assists and one solo block.
Taylor Fry, meanwhile, finished the match with eight kills on 15 of 17 hitting, five block assists, four service points with two aces, three digs and two solo blocks.
Anna Davis had six service points with two aces along with five kills on 11 of 13 hitting, four block assists and two digs while Kylie Hohensee added seven digs, five service points and one ace, three assists on 3 of 4 hitting and one solo block, Emma Goff with 12 assists and four digs, Anna Terlep with three service points, three kills on 5 of 7 hitting and two digs, Raven Stone with four block assists, three kills on 5 of 6 hitting, two solo blocks and two digs, Makenzie Ficken with three assists, three digs and two service points with one ace, Daryl Fagan with five digs and two service points with one ace and Jessica Luscombe with three block assists, one solo block and 2 of 4 hitting.
In the JV match, Boonville defeated Hickman in two straight by the scores of 25-23 and 25-19.
Stone said the JV match was a hard-fought contest. “We found ourselves digging a hole and having to fight back and then play with a lead,” Stone said. “During the second set, we were down six early on, and we were able to fight back and get some good serves out of Alyssa Dell. Emilyn O’Laughlin also did a great job on getting her hands on some key blocks early on, which really changed Hickman’s gameplan. They weren’t nearly as aggressive after that and it made things a lot easier on our passers. I thought we came together as a team tonight and played well.
Kelsi Dillender led the JV team with six service points with three aces along with three digs and two kills.
Holly Brady finished the match with four digs, three assists and three kills while Alyssa Dell added four service points with two aces along with two kills and one block, Sydnee Poindexter with four kills and four digs, Sophie Taube with eight digs, Kyra Price with four assists and three digs and Emilyn O’Laughlin with two kills and one block.