The Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team came within inches of winning the Holden Invitational Tournament over the weekend.
After playing six sets in pool play and seven sets in bracket play, the Lady Pirates fell just short in the championship match against Holden while losing in three games 20-25, 25-22 and 23-25.
While finishing 10-3 on the day for a record of 4-1-1, the Lady Pirates are currently 7-2-1 on the season.
Boonville volleyball coach Susie Stone said eight schools participated in the tournament that started at 8 a.m. and was not completed until 6:30 p.m.
“After a full day of volleyball it was with great effort but a bittersweet ending walking away with the second place honor in the Holden Volleyball Tournament,” Stone said.
In pool play, the Lady Pirates opened the tournament by beating Skyline in two straight games by the scores of 25-15 and 27-25. Meanwhile, in the second match, Boonville defeated Carrollton in two straight games 25-14 and 25-21. Then, in the final match, the Lady Pirates won the first game 25-22 but lost the second 25-23 resulting in a tie.
While finishing first in pool play, the Lady Pirates came back and defeated Sherwood in two straight 25-13 and 25-16. Then, in the semifinal round, Boonville won in two against the Lexington Minutemen 25-14 and 25-16.
Meanwhile, in the championship match against Holden, Stone said the Lady Pirates struggled with serve-receive and serving and failed to pull together as a team when things got rough.
“We finally started to pull it together in this set to gain momentum to take it into the next set and we battled back to only lose the first set 25-20,” Stone said. “The second set was a strong battle. I felt like we won the blocking war at the net and strong serves helped us to defeat Holden 25-22. The deciding set found us in a back and forth battle but Holden came up with the win at the end of the day 25-23.”
For the tournament, senior Kristin Hoff had 65 service points with eight aces along with 131 assists, 53 digs, 44 kills and 16 blocks.
Anna Davis finished the tournament with 74 service points with 11 aces along with 61 digs, 53 kills, 14 blocks and two assists while Taylor Fry added 53 service points with seven aces, 48 kills, 31 blocks and 24 digs, Raven Stone with 37 kills, 24 blocks, 14 assists and 13 digs, Anna Terlep with 46 service points with six aces, 42 kills, 31 digs and seven blocks, Jessica Luscombe with 28 kills and 26 blocks, Kylie Hohensee with 42 digs, 38 service points with four aces and three kills, Daryl Fagan with 48 digs, Makenzie Ficken with 97 assists, 51 service points with nine aces and 27 digs, Emma Goff with 24 assists, 13 digs and three service points, Sophie Taube with four digs and Sydnee Poindexter with three digs.