Hickman win 25-17, 25-22 to drop Boonville to 4-3-1 on the season
After dropping both sets Tuesday night in the home opener against the Columbia Hickman Kewpies, Boonville volleyball coach Morgan Sprigg said she thought the loss had more to do with jitters than anything.
While the Lady Pirates had a chance to tie the match at 1-all after leading 19-14 in set two, a 11-3 rally by Hickman all but nixed that as the Kewpies went on to win in two straight 25-17 and 25-22.
Sprigg said Hickman came out ready to play.
“I thought we were fired up and ready to go but I think we got intimidated right off the bat and it went downhill from there,” Sprigg said. “This is a team that we cannot afford to make mistakes against. I think that they are the best team that we have played so far. They were offensively and defensively sound and very smart with reading the floor. Not only was their defense picking up a lot, their offense was scoring left and right. We also had a hard time with the big block. That is something that we have not seen yet this season so we struggled. The girls have to realize when there is a big block they have to be smart, whether it is switching up the set or tipping over the block.
“We have to be able to read that and be able to score. I thought that the second set was better, we came out stronger and we had less mistakes on the floor. But like I said earlier, this is a team that we cannot make mistakes because they are going to take advantage of that and win the set. I thought that Dana Lester did a great job hitting the ball last night, she may have only had 2 kills but she managed to switch things up and hit through the block. She is our best hitter at the moment and we as a team need to take advantage of that. We will be working on our offense and hitting through or around the block to score today at practice to prepare for our next match.”
Whether it was jitters from being home for the first time, the Lady Pirates (4-3-1) will also have to work on minimizing their errors. In two games against Hickman, Boonville finished with a total of 27 errors.
But even then it was an uphill battle for the Lady Pirates, who trailed by as much as nine at 20-11 in Game 1. However on the flip side, Boonville played Hickman to three ties at 1-1, 2-2 and 3-3 and had the lead down late in the set at four at 21-17 after a kill by freshman Hana Cook. Senior Brynn Edwards also brought the Lady Pirates back from a 20-11 deficit to 20-15 with four straight service points.
As for the second set, Boonville and Hickman battled back and forth with five ties-the last at 11-all. The Lady Pirates then took a 14-11 lead with three straight points on a kill from the back row by Edwards and senior Kelsey Bishop and a Hickman hitting error.
Bishop also served up an ace to extend the lead to 19-14. But what happened next is anybodys guess as Hickman rallied back with seven straight points, four coming on errors, to make it 21-19. MJ Goff then came up with the play of the set by recording a kill from the back row, which landed just inside the out of bounds line.
Boonville also tied the match at 22-all on the service point by junior Lawren Luscombe. Unfortunately for Boonville, they never got any closer in the match as Hickman came back with three straight points on a kill, block and a hitting error by the Lady Pirates for the victory.
Edwards led the Lady Pirates with 11 digs along with four service points with two aces, three kills on 19 attack attempts and two blocks.
Shayann Potter had 14 assists on the night along with four service points, one dig and one kill on five attack attempts. Hana Cook added two blocks, two kills on 14 attack attempts, one service point and one dig while Kelsey Bishop added three kills on 11 attack attempts and three service points with one ace, Dana Lester with two assists, two digs, two kills on nine attack attempts and two service points, Lawren Luscombe with three service points with two aces, two kills on six attack attempts, one block and one dig, MJ Goff with three digs, one kill on two attack attempts and one service point, Jodie Bass with four digs, two assists and one attack attempt and Brianna Walker with two digs and one kill on two attack attempts.
Boonville also fell in two straight in the JV match against Hickman 20-25 and 14-25.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said she thought the first set last night looked pretty good.
“We came out strong, but hit a lull in the middle,” Wendell. “I was proud of them for fighting back towards the end, but we just let it go too far to be able to come back and win. The second set, we looked like a different team. We are still playing pretty timid and unsure of where to go on the floor. We made a ton of mistakes in the second set that cost us the game. Sophi Waibel played great both defensively and offensively. She wasn’t letting balls drop and was being aggressive at the net.”
Sophie Waibel led the Lady Pirates with eight digs, six kills on nine attack attempts along with two aces. Carson Dee finished the match with 10 digs, three aces and three attack attempts while Taylor Frederick added eight digs, six assists and two attack attempts, Makayia West with 10 attack attempts and five digs, Lily Terrell with one kill on seven attack attempts, three digs and one block, Gabi Webster with four digs, Kennedy Renfrow with two digs and one attack attempt, Eliza Adams with one dig and one kill, Diamond Lewis with one kill on one attack attempt and Sabriya Baskett and Jordan Brackman each with one attack attempt.