The Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team will look back at Thursday’s match against the California as one that got away after losing in two straight sets 19-25, 14-25.
Although the Lady Pirates fell by six in the opening set against California, head coach Morgan Sprigg said the girls came out pretty strong and seemed fired up.
“We were playing pretty well in that first set,” Sprigg said. “We knew that California was going to be a tough match considering they won districts last year and they are always a good team. We seemed to make a few mistakes to let them come back and win the match.”
As for the second set, Sprigg said the girls just fell apart and let California get too far ahead to come back.
“I didn't see our girls hang their heads, but they continued to make mistake after mistake causing the game,” Sprigg said. “We also struggled offensively, we could not find the open spot on the floor. The girls had a hard time closing the block as well, causing our defense to have to work a little harder. California’s defense was great as usual and they played well together as a team. They picked up every ball and like I said we had a hard time scoring.”
As for the match overall, Sprigg said she did expect this to be harder game, but believes that the girls could have played better, especially the second set.
“I thought MJ Goff and Brianna Walker played outstanding defense,” Sprigg said. “They did not let much pass them up and their passes were right to the target to run the offense. Defensively we played well putting the ball to the target, but offensively we couldn't score like we normally do. We will have to work on our offense tomorrow to prepare for the Holden Tournament on Saturday. We will be ready for that along with Hickman on Thursday at home.”
 Senior Shayann Potter led the Lady Pirates, who dropped to 1-1 on the season, with 13 assists along with four digs, two service points with one ace and one kill on six attack attempts.
Brynn Edwards finished the match with seven service points along with six digs and two kills on 27 attack attempts while MJ Goff added nine digs and three attack attempts, Brianna Walker with six digs and one attack attempt, Lawren Luscombe with four service points, one dig and one kill on 14 attack attempts, Dana Lester with three kills on 14 attack attempts and two digs, Kelsey Bishop with three kills on 11 attack attempts and one service point, Jodie Bass with three digs and four attack attempts and Hana Cook with two kills on nine attack attempts.
California also won the JV match in two sets by the scores of 13-25 and 15-25.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said the girls definitely didn’t play like themselves against California.
“We are a young team and are still trying to get some of the jitters out,” Wendell said. “Our back row did a really good job last night getting to the ball so we could get a good set, but we just couldn’t convert to score. I still see a ton of potential in this team. We are going to keep working at it in practice so we can start carrying over into games.”
Freshman Taylor Frederick led the Lady Pirates with seven assists along with five digs and two kills on four attack attempts.
Lily Terrell finished the match with eight digs, three kills on 14 attack attempts along with one assist and one block. Sophie Waibel had six digs, two kills on 11 attack attempts and one block while Kennedy Renfrow added five digs, five attack attempts and one ace, Makayia West with three digs, one kill on seven attack attempts, one ace and one block, Gabi Webster with four digs, Diamond Lewis with one dig, Sabriya Baskett with two attack attempts and Eliza Adams and Jordan Brackman each with one attack attempt.