For the first match of the 2017 season, Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball coach Morgan Sprigg was just glad to get the win Tuesday night on the road against Southern Boone.
While the opponents will get tougher as the season goes along, the Lady Pirates still came away with the victory just the same by beating Southern Boone in three sets 25-18, 20-25 and 25-17.
Sprigg said the girls came out strong and ready to play their first game last night.
“We seemed to stay pumped up and play to our potential,” Sprigg said. “We did not let the second match bring us down, we fought until the end and that is what I like and want to see. That is what I like about this team, we will not give up. I was proud of them playing together as a team and fight until the end. Southern Boone was a great serving team. We had a few mistakes on serve receive that we are going to have to work on. They beat us the second match due to serves and miscommunication errors on our side. I would say that was our biggest problem last night was communication on the floor.”
Sprigg said the girls have to get use to who they are playing beside and have some confidence in one another. However she said for the most part they did pretty good.
“I think we should have had them in two sets and if it wasn't for our miss serves and communication errors we would have,” Sprigg said. “There wasn’t anyone that stuck out to me last night, I thought that they all played together as a team and played well. Jodie Bass and MJ Goff passed the ball extremely well, not letting much get past them. I thought that Brynn Edwards and Hana Cook hit the ball extremely well, along with Dana Lester being smart on the floor and adjusting to the sets to get the ball to score. Like I said earlier I am proud of the girls for getting the win especially since it was our first game, I think that this will help build our confidence and be ready to go for California on Thursday.”
Senior Brynn Edwards and junior Lawren Luscombe each had big nights on the front line for the Lady Pirates. Edwards finished the match with a team-leading 10 digs along with seven kills on 22 attack attempts with five service points with one ace and one assist. Luscombe, meanwhile, finished the match with a team-high 3 kills on 11 attack attempts along with eight service points with four aces and two blocks.
Shayann Potter added a team-high 15 assists along with five digs, four service points with one ace and one block. Dana Lester had 10 service points with one ace along with four digs and three kills on 16 attack attempts. Kelsey Bishop had eight service points with three aces along with two digs and one kill on 12 attack attempts while MJ Goff added 10 digs and four attack attempts, Brianna Walker with seven digs, three attack attempts and two service points with one ace, Jodie Bass with eight digs, one assist and two attack attempts and Hana Cook with five kills on 13 attack attempts, one service point and one block.
In the JV match, Southern Boone defeated Boonville 17-25, 26-24 and 11-15.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said she thought the girls played really well for it being the first game of the season. “We had some hiccups on the floor in regards to rotation, but the girls fought through and finished well. I see a ton of potential coming from this team.”
Freshman Kennedy Renfrow led the JV Lady Pirates with 12 digs along with two kills on 10 attack attempts.
Makayia West finished the match with 10 digs along with eight attack attempts, four aces and one block while Lily Terrell added nine digs and three kills on nine attack attempts, Eliza Adams with 11 digs, four aces, two kills on three attack attempts and one assist, Sophie Waibel with six digs, three kills on 10 attack attempts and one ace, Taylor Frederick with eight digs, seven assists and one kill, Gabi Webster with nine digs and one ace, Carson Dee with five digs, Jordan Brackman with one kill on two attack attempts and one dig, Diamond Lewis with two digs and one attack attempt and Sabryia Baskett with one attack attempt.