The Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team made it 2 for 2 last night while beating the Kirksville Lady Tigers on the road by the scores of 25-15 and 25-21.
While the win improved Boonville’s record to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the NCMC, head coach Susie Stone said in the first game the girls struggled with serve-receive the first-three serves but quickly regained their composure and went on a eight-point run and never looked back.
“We had some players make strong connections across the net tonight,” Stone said. “We were able to keep Kirksville out of offense with aggressive serving and strong blocking. Our defense was consistent and on serve-receive we passed well at a high level once we got started. This group of girls brought some energy to the floor tonight and were able to overpower Kirksville.”
In the second game, Stone said the girls let Kirksville hang around and did not take care of business efficiently when they had opportunities.
“We had too many back-to-back errors and let Kirksville hang in the match,” Stone said. “Kirksville fought hard but we will have to continue to improve in all phases of the game. However, it was a good road win for us.”
Senior Kristin Hoff led the Lady Pirates with 16 assists, 10 service points with three aces, five digs and five kills on 10 of 12 hitting.
Kylie Hohensee, meanwhile, finished the match with 14 digs along with six service points with one ace and two kills on 3 of 4 hitting.
Anna Davis had nine kills on 14 of 15 hitting, six digs and five service points with two aces, while Taylor Fry added eight kills on 10 of 12 hitting, four block assists and one solo block, Raven Stone with five kills on 7 of 9 hitting, four assists and three block assists, Makenzie Ficken with nine assists, Anna Terlep with four digs and three kills on 6 of 7 hitting, Daryl Fagan with six digs and Jessica Luscombe with two block assists, two kills on 3 of 4 hitting and one solo block.
Boonville also won the JV match in two straight games 25-17 and 25-23.
Boonville JV coach Jesse Oswald said the girls brought a lot of energy to this contest and was able to beat Kirksville in two sets.
“The first set we played better than we have all year,” Oswald said. “We communicated better than we have all year and just by talking we started playing better. Our passes were very solid and we did a great job of keeping them off balanced. The second set we got a little too relaxed and dug ourselves a hole but we came together and rallied around each other and came away with the victory.”
Sophie Taube had 18 digs in the match to lead the Lady Pirates.
Kelsi Dillender finished the match with eight service points while Alyssa Dell added three kills and two blocks, Holly Brady with five service points and three aces, Sydnee Poindexter with four kills and Emily O’Laughlin with two blocks.