JV team wins in three against Lady Bulldogs

The Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team did it the right way last night in the final home game of the season against the Mexico Lady Bulldogs.
While closing out the regular season Thursday at Hannibal and districts beginning Monday in Fulton, the Lady Pirates wanted to send the four seniors off on the right foot. As it turned out, Boonville won in two games by the scores of 25-20 and 25-11.
Boonville volleyball coach Susie Stone said the gym was full and the atmosphere was great to play in on Senior Night.
“After we settled down and cut down the errors in the first game we stepped on the floor and took care of business in Game 2 in stellar fashion,” Stone said. “Everyone on the team contributed tonight once we settled down and executed. The seniors will be missed. They have contributed a strong four years to our program and have put in long hours in the off-season and it has been a fun journey watching them develop as player.”
Although Boonville wound up winning in two, the Lady Bulldogs gave them everything they wanted and more while playing  to eight ties in the first set. However after tying the set at 11-11, errors began to catch up with Mexico as Boonville expanded the lead to nine at 23-14 after three straight hitting miscues by the Lady Bulldogs.
Of course Boonville wasn’t exactly spotless in the first set while returning the favor with two hitting errors, out of rotation and a hit to the middle by Mexico to cut the lead back to five at 23-18. The Lady Bulldogs also had it down to four at 24-20 after a hit through the block and another hitting error by Boonville. However, on the final point in the set, senior Kristin Hoff stepped up and recorded one of her six kills on the evening to make it 25-20.
Stone said in the first set alone the Lady Pirates had two hitting errors, four service errors, two blocking errors and six defensive errors.
“I don’t like to focus on the negative but we knew as a team that we needed to settle down, focus and clean our game up,” Stone said.
The Lady Pirates definitely cleaned up their act in Game 2. Although Mexico kept it close while playing to two ties at 5-5 and 6-6, it was pretty much all Boonville after that while pushing the lead to 18-10. During that same stretch, the Lady Pirates reeled off five straight points to extend the lead from 8-7 to 13-7.
Boonville also made a run late in the match while reeling off seven straight points on the serving of senior Taylor Fry for a 25-11 victory.
Stone said the Lady Pirates still had a couple of unforced errors in the second set but for the rest of the set they had strong execution from the service line, blocking at the net and attacking when they had the opportunity.
Emma Goff led the Lady Pirates with 13 assists, six service points and four digs.
Anna Davis had six kills on 12 of 13 hitting, six service points with one ace and five digs, while Taylor Fry added seven service points with two aces, four kills on 9 of 8 hitting, three digs and two blocks, Makenzie Ficken with eight assists, six service points and two digs, Kylie Hohensee with 11 digs and 2 of 2 hitting, Kristin Hoff with six kills on 8 of 10 hitting, four service points with one ace and one assist, Anna Terlep with four kills on 7 of 8 hitting and two digs, Raven Stone with three kills on 6 of 7 hitting, two blocks and one assist, Jessica Luscombe with two blocks and two kills on 3 of 4 hitting and Daryl Fagan with three digs.
In JV action, Boonville defeated Mexico in three games 25-14, 14-25 and 25-21.
Boonville JV coach Jesse Oswald said the match against Mexico was a match they really wanted to win.
“We played them a couple of weeks ago and didn’t have a good showing at their place,” Oswald said. “We came out with a lot of energy and played extremely well the first set and then took a step back during the second set. I thought we dropped our level of play and we acted like Mexico was going to give us the match. We battled back during the third set for the win. I felt like we could’ve played better as a team, and that we beat ourselves during the second set and then came together to closeout the third. It was a good win, especially considering they beat us last time.”
Sophie Taube led the Lady Pirates with 13 digs while Sydnee Poindexter added seven digs and five kills, Holly Brady with six digs and four service points, Lindsey Harris with five assists, Kelsi Dillender with four kills, Kyra Price with four assists, Emilyn O’Laughlin with two blocks and Alyssa Dell with two kills.