Lady spikers drop two straight 18-25, 10-25

The curse of the Hannibal Lady Pirates volleyball team continued Tuesday night for the Boonville Lady Pirates.
With Boonville leaving the NCMC after the 2017-18 season for the Tri-County Conference, head coach Morgan Sprigg knows time is running out if her team is ever going to knock off the defending conference champions.
No such luck on Tuesday as Hannibal took advantage of 25 Boonville errors in two sets to win by the scores of 18-25 and 10-25.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 5-7-1 overall and 0-3 in the NCMC, Sprigg said the match was not what she anticipated it to be.
“I knew that Hannibal was going to be good, they always have been,” Sprigg said. We came out strong the first set and I thought we played decent. The second set we beat ourselves, we were not in it at all and we fell apart. Hannibal’s defense was outstanding, as we could not score at all. We only had 9 kills and 13 errors. Our offense couldn’t do anything last night, we had trouble hitting and finding the open area. Our service points were down as well, which means we couldn't get the side out and score. I was very disappointed about the second set. That was not our team out there, we played much better on Monday night. I do believe that there were only a few out on the floor last night that wanted to win.
“We let too many things get us down and then we have a hard time getting back up. I told the team last night that we have to be more consistent in everything that we do. We cannot just choose when we want to play. That is something that they are going to have to work on. I thought that our defense played well last night. We had a bunch of good rallies and we had a lot of touches. Jodie Bass played great defense last night. She is reading the ball a lot better and getting more comfortable with her position. I am proud that she stepped it up this game and played to her potential.”
Although Hannibal led in both sets from pretty much the start, Boonville also had its moments early on after taking a 3-1 lead on two Hannibal errors and a kill by senior Brynn Edwards.
Unfortunately for the Lady Pirates, they never led after that as Hannibal stretched its lead to nine at 16-9. However after what seemed like a rally by both teams for a full two minutes, Boonville began clawing its way back to make it a five point game at 21-16. Of course Hannibal had as much to do with the rally as Boonville with five straight errors.
Boonville also had the lead down to four at 22-18 after a service error by Hannibal. But that’s where the Lady Pirates drew the line with three straight points on three Boonville errors for the victory.
In the second set, Boonville again led briefly after a hit in the net by Hannibal to make it 1-0. However it was pretty much all Hannibal after that as the errors continued to mount up for Boonville, who trailed at one point by 10 at 14-4. Hannibal also led by 15 on two different occasions at 23-8 after a stuff at the net and then the final score at 25-10 on another Boonville error.
Despite the errors in the match, Brynn Edwards had another good game for the Lady Pirates with seven digs along with four kills on 27 attack attempts, one assist and one service point.
Shayann Potter finished the match with eight assists along with five digs and nine attack attempts. Kelsey Bishop had six digs and 13 attack attempts while Lawren Luscombe added two digs, two kills on 13 attack attempts and one service point, Dana Lester three digs, three service points and one kill on 10 attack attempts, Hana Cook two kills on 12 attack attempts, MJ Goff nine digs, three service points and two attack attempts, Jodie Bass 10 digs and one attack attempt and Brianna Walker with five digs and three attack attempts.
Hannibal also defeated Boonville in two straight in the JV match 22-25 and 17-25.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said the girls played really well in the first set.
“We came out strong but a few mistakes lost us the first set,” Wendelton said. “We fought through some long rallies and played good defense. The second set we fell apart a little bit and didn’t play as organized on offense.”
Lily Terrell led the Lady Pirates with five kills on 12 attack attempts along with four digs, two aces, one block and one assist.
Makiya West finished the match with nine digs, six aces, two kills on five attack attempts, one block and one assist while Sophie Waibel added seven digs and two kills on 12 attack attempts, Taylor Frederick with 10 assists, four digs, one block and one kill on four attack attempts, Kennedy Renfrow three digs, three kills on five attack attempts and one assist, Carson Dee seven digs, Eliza Adams three digs, Gabi Webster one ace and one dig and Jordan Brackman with one dig and one block.