The Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team had its season cut short over the weekend while losing to Carl Junction in two in the sectional round of the state tournament.
But if you consider the road to the sectional tournament, the Lady Pirates will look back to the 2013 season as a successful one after finishing 21-12-2 overall and 6-4 in the North Central Missouri Conference, which was good enough for third place behind Hannibal and Marshall.
While Hannibal captured the conference championship unbeaten at 10-0, the Marshall Owls finished as the second best team at 7-3, followed by Boonville at 6-4, Fulton at 4-6, Mexico at 2-8 and Kirksville at 1-9.
The Lady Pirates also captured its first district title since 2008 by beating Southern Boone of Ashland in three games last week in Fulton.
With two players named to the all-district team last week, the Lady Pirates also had four players selected all-conference for the 2013 season in seniors Kristin Hoff and Taylor Fry. Also heading the list for Boonville on the second team were senior Raven Stone and junior Anna Terlep.
Hoff, a three-time all-conference selections for the Lady Pirates, closed out the season leading the team in kills with 159 for a kill percentage of .221. The senior standout also 234 digs, 147 service points with 38 aces, which was tops on the team for a 86 percent serving percentage, along with 142 assists, 10 solo blocks and 43 block assists.
“This season we moved Kristin to a different position,” Stone said. “She primarily has been a defensive staple for us in year’s past but her ability to swing was needed this year to help solidify our blocking and offensive threats in all rotations. Kristin also helped out with some setting duties and is very strong fundamentally in all skills of the game.”
Fry also made the most of her final season for the Lady Pirates with 147 kills for a kill percentage of .288 along with 132 service points for a serving percentage of 88 percent, 56 digs, 42 solo blocks and 82 block assists and 32 serving aces, which ranked second on the team.
Stone said Fry worked in the off-season to get stronger and as a result her hitting showed.
“She was a stronger striker at the net as a result,” Stone said. “Taylor also wanted to earn a serving spot this year and her serving helped keep teams out of system.”
As for Raven Stone, the senior hit backside for the Lady Pirates and was third on the team in blocking and led the team with the highest kill percentage.
For the season, Stone had 126 kills with a .321 kill percentage along with 94 assists, 87 digs, 74 block assists and 23 solo blocks.
“Raven had success on the backside due to her ability to see the floor and find the open spots when needed or when we needed her to swing aggressively,” Stone said.
As for Terlep, she also hit outside and backside for the Lady Pirates this season. While finishing the season with 129 kills with a kill percentage of .231, Terlep also had 93 digs, 46 service points with nine aces for a serving percentage of 92 percent, 26 block assists, 12 assists and six solo blocks.
“Anna was effective due to her heavy arm swing and consistency,” Stone said. “She was able to drive the ball through and over the top of blocks on sets that were out of system. Anna was also flexible and always willing to do whatever was needed of her.”