Boonville assistant volleyball coach Alex Wendell said the JV team started the season on a positive note over the weekend in the Tri-County JV Tournament at Blair Oaks.
Although the Lady Pirates finished 0-4 with losses to Eldon, Blair Oaks, Versailles and California, Wendell said coming into a new conference, and a particularly tough volleyball conference, the girls expected to be a challenge.
In pool play, the Lady Pirates fell in two straight games in all three sets. Boonville fell against Eldon 16-25 and 12-25, Blair Oaks 12-25 and 12-25 and Versailles 18-25 and 21-25. Meanwhile, in bracket play, Boonville lost to California in two straight 12-25 and 5-25.
Blair Oaks went on to win first place in the tournament while Eldon finished second.
“It being the first time we played together, we knew there was going to be some kinks to work out,” Wendel said. “Part of having a small group to work with is that there’s not much changing up that can be done. When we struggled, I tried to make some adjustments. Hope Mesik was a beast in the back row. She was a true leader on the floor. Her passes were strong, she was constantly communicating and she took control. I expect to see her grow into a good libero over the next few years. I am looking forward to this season and all the potential this group has.”
For the tournament, Mesik led the Lady Pirates with 30 digs along with five kills.
Carson Dee had 16 digs along with eight assists, three aces and one kill while Nora Morris added nine kills, eight digs, six assists and three aces, Lillian Rohrbach with 12 digs, six aces and one kill, Gabi Webster nine digs, two kills and one block, Peyton Luscombe with three blocks and one kill and Jordan Brackman with two kills and one block.