After a tough loss on Tuesday against Hannibal in two straight sets, the Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team bounced back in impressive fashion Thursday night at home against the Marshall Owls.
Although the NCMC has been less than kind to the Lady Pirates this season with three straight losses, they more than made up for it on Thursday by beating Marshall in two straight sets 25-18 and 25-11.
“We had a much better game last night, especially coming from a tough loss on Tuesday,” said Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball coach Morgan Sprigg. “We made less errors and played better as a team. There were still some things that I saw that we need to improve on, but when you play a team that struggles it is hard for our team to play to our full potential.
“I thought we played better offensively last night. Brynn Edwards hit the ball extremely well finding the open areas on the floor. I thought that her and Shayann Potter did well at running the offense last night and that is what I like to see from my captains. The girls looked a little flat the first set, but managed to pull off the win. During the second set we came out a little stronger and played a lot better. It has been a long week and I am glad we ended it with a good win. We will be practicing on Sunday to be ready to go for Mexico on Monday.”
After an off night against Hannibal, the Lady Pirates were back to their old self against Marshall with great front line play and excellent defense. Boonville also held its errors down to a minimum, which helped set the tone early.
Although Marshall put up a good fight midway through the first set and had the lead down to two at 9-7, they were no match the rest of the way as Boonville came back and reeled off five straight on three Marshall errors, a ace by senior Kelsey Bishop and a dink by Lawren Luscombe to make it 14-7.
But even then the Lady Owls kept the set close while cutting the lead to three on three different occasions at 15-12, 16-13 and 17-14. However the Lady Owls were no match for the rest of the set while scoring only four more points. Boonville, meanwhile, led by as much as seven on four different occasions-the first coming on a dink by Brynn Edwards to make it 22-15. Freshman Jodie Bass then found an open spot on the floor with a point to push the lead to 23-16. Then, after a kill by Bishop to go up 24-17, Luscombe came back to closeout the set with a kill to make it 25-18.
The second set was no different than the first as the Lady Pirates jump out to a 5-0 lead on the serving of senior Dana Lester and never looked back.
Freshman Sophie Waibel and Luscombe also served up four points each to stretch the lead to 12 at 18-6. The Lady Pirates never let the lead get below double digits and led by as much as 14 on two different occasions at 24-10 after a hitting error by Marshall and 25-11 after a dink to closeout the match by Luscombe.
Brynn Edwards also made her presence felt on the court for the Lady Pirates, who improved to 6-7-1 overall and 1-3 in the NCMC, with 10 kills on 21 attack attempts along with nine digs, seven service points with one ace, one block and one assist.
Dana Lester finished the match with eight service points with two aces along with three kills on 13 attack attempts and two digs. Shayann Potter had a team-leading 20 assists along with four digs, one kill on one attack attempt and one service point while Lawren Luscombe added four kills on 12 attack attempts, four service points and two digs, Kelsey Bishop four service points with one ace, three kills on nine attack attempts and one dig, Sophie Waibel four service points with one ace, four attack attempts and one dig, MJ Goff eight digs, Brianna Walker five digs and Jodie Bass with two digs and one attack attempt.
Boonville also won the JV match in three sets 21-25, 25-15 and 15-9.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said the girls came out really flat and didn’t adjust well to a new rotation, which caused them to drop the first set. “They pulled it together and played their game, which resulted in a win,” Wendell said. “Kennedy Renfrow played well from the outside, leading the team in kills. Her defense on and off the net really shined last night as well. Makiya West also moved well in the back row and played great defense last night. It was a great team win.”
Makiya West led the Lady Pirates with 19 digs along with three kills on seven attack attempts, three aces and one assist.
Lily Terrell finished the match with seven digs, four kills on 14 attack attempts along with one ace, one block and one assist. Carson Dee had six digs, six kills on nine attack attempts and four aces while Taylor Frederick added 13 assists, seven digs and one kill on one attack attempt, Kennedy Renfrow with four kills on 12 attack attempts with three digs, Eliza Adams with six digs, one assist and one kill on one attack attempt, Jordan Brackman with three attack attempts and one dig, Gabi Webster with two digs and one ace and Diamond Lewis with two digs.