After a two-set loss earlier in the week on the road against the Marshall Lady Owls, the Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team wanted nothing more than to right the ship last night in a conference match against Kirksville.
Although the Lady Tigers have struggled at times this season, Boonville wanted to take nothing for granted, especially in a conference match. So after winning the first set easily 25-16, the Lady Pirates came back and picked up the sweep after cruising in the second set 25-10.
While the win improved Boonville’s record to 17-6-1 overall and 5-3 in the NCMC, head coach Susie Stone said it was good to get back in the win column.
“We need to use this momentum to drive us as we go into very tough pool play in the Eldon Tournament on Saturday,” Stone said. “It should be a good day full of volleyball.”
The Lady Pirates had a full night last night, at least in the first set as Kirksville scored the game’s first point. That was also the Lady Tigers last lead in the set as Boonville came back in spurts while reeling off four straight on a kill and service points by Kristin Hoff and another kill by Taylor Fry to make it 6-2. Then, after back-to-back points by Kirksville, Boonville picked up three more points on kills by Anna Davis and Raven Stone to expand the lead to five at 9-4.
The Lady Pirates upped the lead to eight on three different occasions after that at 18-10, 22-14 and 23-15. Junior Anna Terlep then picked up a kill to extend the lead to nine at 24-15. Then, after a hit out of bounds by Boonville, Fry came back with a kill to closeout the first set.
Stone said Kirksville passed on serve-receive and was able to generate some offense in the first set.
“We had two hitting errors, four defensive errors, two blocking errors and two serving errors to give them 10 of their earned points during this set,” Stone said. “Our goal before we went into the match was to keep our unforced errors to less than half of that.”
In the second set, the Lady Pirates jumped out to a 3-0 lead on two Kirksville errors and a dink by Fry never to look back.
While the Lady Tigers looked flustered at times while struggling to hit the ball over the net, Boonville took advantage of the hitting errors to build a 10-point lead at 12-2. Then, after going up 18-6, the Lady Pirates came back and reeled off seven straight points, all with Sophie Taube serving, to push the lead to 23-8.
Meanwhile, after two straight points by Kirksville, Fry came back with another kill to make it 24-10. Then, on the final point of the match, Kirksville had yet another unforced error with a hit out of bounds.
Stone said the girls served stronger and smarter in the second set and as a result Kirksville struggled with serve-receive. “Between our blocking and defense they never were able to get much momentum going and we were able to dominate the set from beginning to end,” Stone said.
Emma Goff led the Lady Pirates with 11 service points with three aces along with 11 assists and five digs.
Taylor Fry finished the match with six kills on 9 of 12 hitting along with six blocks, four digs and three service points while Kristin Hoff added five kills on 10 of 11 hitting, five digs, five service points with one ace, one assist and one block, Makenzie Ficken with 13 assists and three digs, Kylie Hohensee with eight digs, five service points and one kill on 4 of 4 hitting, Anna Davis with six digs, five kills on 12 of 12 hitting, two service points with one ace and one block, Raven Stone with four kills on 4 of 4 hitting, four blocks and one assist, Jessica Luscombe with three blocks and three kills on 6 of 6 hitting, Anna Terlep with three kills on 13 of 16 hitting, Daryl Fagan with three digs and Sophie Taube and Kelsi Dillender each with two digs.
Boonville also won the JV match against Kirksville in straight sets 25-15 and 25-16.
Boonville JV coach Jesse Oswald said the girls played really well and executed.  
“We had very good communication and it had a positive effect as we worked well together and did a much better job,” Oswald said. “We were able to get everybody involved and everybody was able to contribute.  I thought this was probably one of the better games we have played this year.”
Sophie Taube led the Lady Pirates with 19 digs while Holly Brady added 10 digs, Keely Fenton with eight service points with two aces, Sydnee Poindexter with seven kills, Lindsey Harris with seven assists, Kyra Price with six assists, Kelsi Dillender with five kills, Alyssa Dell with four kills, Emilyn O’Laughlin with four blocks and Ashley Gibson with four service points.