The Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team played well from start to finish Thursday night in NCMC action against the Fulton Hornets.
While dropping straight sets on Tuesday at Versailles, head coach Morgan Sprigg said the girls did a little soul searching going into the match against Fulton.
Boonville also had a settle to score after losing to Fulton in two straight back on September 7th.
As it turned out, the Lady Pirates may have played their best match to date by beating Fulton in two straight 25-15 and 15-19.
The win improved Boonville’s record to 8-8-1 overall and 3-3 in the NCMC.
Sprigg said the girls played extremely well.
“I was happy to see them play hard and stay positive on the floor,” Sprigg said. “It was a good win for us and it was nice ending the week with a win. We looked very good both offensively and defensively. Our front row did a nice job getting their hands on the ball and slowing it down for the back row. Shayann Potter did a great job on switching up the sets and running a good offense. All of our hitters were strong at the net and swinging extremely well. Even though Dana Lester only had 3 kills, I thought she was hitting the ball well last night. Brynn Edwards and Lawren Luscombe did well at the middle hitting and blocking.
“Like I said, all of our girls did an outstanding job last night and played well as a team. Fulton did not play as well as they did when we played them at their place, but it was nice getting revenge and winning another conference game. The girls are picking it up at the right time of the season, and I hope that this continues and we stay consistent till the end. We have a full week off next week to get prepared for the Eldon Tournament. I am hoping the girls get rested up from these long two weeks and are ready to go next Saturday.”
They more than looked rested against Fulton while leading from start to finish in both sets.
Something else that may have helped contribute to the win the number of errors. While averaging around 22 in the last two home games, the Lady Pirates seemed to hold that to a minimum against Fulton.
Needless to say, Fulton didn’t go away quietly while playing to two ties early on at 2-2 and 4-4. And even while the Lady Pirates pulled away ever so slightly, Fulton found a way to rally back by cutting the lead to two at 10-8 nd 11-9.
However it was pretty much all Boonville after that with four straight kills-two by senior Dana Lester and two by senior Brynn Edwards to make it 15-9.
That string also started a 7-0 run by the Lady Pirates, which extended the lead to 18-9.
Boonville also led by as much as 12 at 23-11 on two straight service points by senior Shayann Potter. Meanwhile, after going up 24-15 in the set on the kill by Edwards, junior Lawren Luscombe came back and scored on a hit off the block to closeout the first game.
The second set seemed to be a little easier than the first as Boonville jump out to a 5-1 lead. However after going up 8-2 in the set, the Lady Pirates got a little sloppy with five straight errors allowing Fulton to cut the lead to one at 8-7. Meanwhile, after exchanging points on the next four possessions, Boonville came back and reeled off five straight points on the serving of Luscombe to extend the lead to 15-9.
The Lady Pirates upped the lead to nine after that at 21-12 only to have Fulton rally back to make it a three-point game at 22-19. Fortunately for Boonville, the Lady Hornets never got any closer in the set as the Lady Pirates came back and scored three straight points on a kill and dink by Luscombe and a service point by freshman Hana Cook to seal the victory.
Edwards finished the match with 10 of the teams 19 kills along with nine service points with two aces, seven digs and one block.
Potter closed out the match with a team-leading 17 assists along with five attack attempts, four service points with two aces and two digs. Luscombe had a big night serving the ball with 12 points with three aces along with three kills on eight attack attempts, two blocks and two digs, MJ Goff with 10 digs, Lester with three service points with one ace, three kills on 11 attack attempts and two digs, Brianna Walker with seven digs, Jodie Bass with five digs and two attack attempts, Cook with two service points with one ace and two kills on 10 attack attempts and Kelsey Bishop with three digs and one kill on seven attack attempts.
Boonville also won in two straight sets in the JV match 25-20 and 25-17.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said the girls played really well. “We still had our little digs in each set, but they were able to pull through and win,” Wendel said. “Our defense was great last night. The girls in the back row (Eliza Adams, Sophie Waibel, Carson Dee, Makiya West and Lily Terrell) moved to the ball and gave Taylor Frederick great passes.”
Makiya West led the JV Lady Pirates with 16 digs along with five kills on 12 attack attempts.
Taylor Frederick finished the match with 21 assists along with three digs, two aces and one kill. Sophie Waibel had 11 digs, four kills on eight attack attempts and two aces while Carson Dee added 13 digs, two aces, one kill and one assist, Lily Terrell with six kills on six attack attempts, two digs and one assist, Kennedy Renfrow with three kills on seven attack attempts and one block, Eliza Adams with seven digs, three attack attempts and one ace and Diamond Lewis with three digs and two kills.