The Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team had to overcome what head coach Morgan Sprigg called “silly mistakes” if they were going to beat the Kirksville Tigers Thursday night in NCMC action at the Windsor gymnasium.
While falling in the first set 20-25, the Lady Pirates cut down on their errors in the second and third set to win 25-22 and 25-17 to finish the season with a split against Kirksville.
The win improved Boonville’s record to 11-10-2 overall and 5-3 in the NCMC.
“We started the first set with a few silly mistakes,” Sprigg said. “They scored majority of their points on our mistakes. We struggled on serve receive and had a hard time moving their feet to get to the ball. Kirksville is a solid team with a big front row. My outsides struggled hitting the ball because of the big block.”
In the second and third set, Sprigg said the girls played their game.
“We kept the intensity and momentum up on our side causing a lot of good things to happen,” Sprigg said. “I thought we played well together last night as a team. Our communication on the floor has improved and it showed on the floor last night. This was a big win for us considering they are seeded number two in districts and we are the third seed. Brynn Edwards played a phenomenal game offensively. She was hitting extremely well, putting it to the open spots on the floor. I was also impressed with her defense, she has really come a long way.
“Hana Cook also hit the ball well. She was very strong at the net and a great distraction for our team. This is the best Kirksville team that we have seen and they have a lot of potential. It was a good conference win for us. We may be facing them again in districts so we have to be prepared.”
Seniors Brynn Edwards and Shayann Potter were definitely prepared for the Lady Tigers. Edwards finished the night with a team-leading 18 digs along with five blocks and 16 kills on 38 attack attempts. She also had six service points with one ace. As for Potter, the senior setter finished the match with a team-leading 30 assists along with 10 service points with one ace, four digs, one block and one kill on six attack attempts.
MJ Goff finished the match with 18 digs and two attack attempts while Hana Cook added eight kills on 13 attack attempts, three service points, two digs and one block, Lawren Luscombe with five kills on 19 attack attempts, four service points with one ace, three digs and one assist, Kelsey Bishop with five digs, five service points with one ace and two kills on 11 attack attempts, Dana Lester with six service points with one ace, two digs and two kills on 19 attack attempts, Jodie Bass with seven digs, Brianna Walker with one dig, one assist and one kill on five attack attempts and Lily Terrell with one dig.
Boonville’s JV also won in three sets against Kirksville by the scores of 25-18, 20-25 and 15-13.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said the girls played their best game all season against Kirksville. “Their energy was up, they were talking, moving to the ball and scoring well,” Wendell said. “Kennedy and Makiya were beast up front with 10 and 8 kills respectively. I’m very proud of them for come back to win it after dropping the middle set.”
Taylor Frederick led the Lady Pirates with 21 assists along with seven digs, two aces and two attack attempts.
Makiya West finished the match with 14 digs along with eight kills, one block, one assist and one service ace while Sophie Waibel added 16 digs, four kills on 15 attack attempts, two aces and one block, Lily Terrell with 17 digs, 10 attack attempts, two aces and one block, Carson Dee with five digs, one attack attempt and one ace, Kennedy Renfrow with 10 kills and three digs, Eliza Adams with six digs and one kill on one attack attempt, Diamond Lewis with four digs and one attack attempt and Gabi Webster with two digs and one attack attempt.