The Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team dropped a three set thriller Tuesday night at the hands of Southern Boone of Ashland by the scores of 25-22, 21-25 and 22-25.
Although the Lady Pirates won the first set against SBC, unforced errors and serving got the better of Boonville in the final two sets.
This was the first match in the Tri-County Conference for Boonville after playing 10 seasons in the North Central Missouri Conference.
Despite the loss, Boonville volleyball coach Morgan Sprigg said the girls came out ready to play against Southern Boone.
“I thought the girls fought hard all three sets but came up short on the last two,” Sprigg said. “At one point in the third set we were down 16-8, but we came back going back and forth point to point. We made too many serving errors and little mistakes on the floor, causing us to lose the game. Our girls missed 14 serves all together, which is not what I expected to happen. We serve every day in practice to prevent this problem from happening. We have to be more consistent on serves because missed serves will cause the game. Nothing bothers me more than a missed serve. We also had some communication errors and some little mistakes on the floor that we need to work on.”
First game jitters may have also played a part in the numbers of unforced errors and missed serves throughout the night.
Nonetheless, the match also had great rallies and plenty of highlights on the night. In the first set alone, Boonville and SBC played to nine ties with the Lady Pirates leading by as much as four points on three different occasions at 4-0, 18-14 and 19-15. Southern Boone, meanwhile, took its first lead at 7-6 and never led by more than one point.
Boonville wound up winning the first set on a serve to the middle of the floor by freshman Addison Brownfield.
The second set was just as close as the first with both teams again playing to nine ties. The Lady Pirates led by as much as  four at 16-12 only to have SBC rally back  to go up by four at 24-20. Then, on  the final point of the second set, the Lady Eagles scored on a dink to the middle for a 25-21 victory.
In the third set, Boonville again jumped out on top 5-1 but couldn’t hold on to the lead as SBC once again battled back to go up 16-8. The Lady Eagles also led 20-13 before the rally by Boonville to tie the game at 22-all. The Lady Pirates never got any closer after that as SBC took advantage of a missed serve and two big blocks to win the match.
Sprigg said the girls worked very hard and came back from a huge deficit, which she was proud of, but it was almost too late in the game.
“Again, the girls worked extremely hard, but we have some things to work on,” Sprigg said. “I thought Southern Boone was a good little time that picked up a lot on the floor. They communicated well and played smart on the floor. They were one of the better Southern Boone volleyball teams I have seen. I thought Addison Brownfield and Breanna Smith connected well on the floor. Breanna Is unstoppable at the net, blocking and placing the ball in the open area on the floor. She is very consistent and a smart player at the net which is going to be huge for this team. Addison Brownfield worked extremely hard last night getting to the ball and running an offense. She is a leader on the floor which is what I like to see. She is very competitive and doesn’t want to lose, so she will do what is best to get the team back in the game. I think our team as a whole is very competitive and fundamentally sound. Like I said, we just have to master our mistakes and keep fighting. We play against California on Thursday which will be another tough team, so we need to work out the kinks in practice and be ready to go.”
Addison Brownfield led the Lady Pirates with 13 digs, 13 assists and 13 service points with three aces.
Breanna Smith, meanwhile, finished the match with 13 kills on 27 attack attempts with five blocks, two digs, one assist and one service point. Jodie Bass had 10 digs along with service points with two aces and two kills on 17 attack attempts while Lawren Luscombe added five digs, three kills on 18 attack attempts and two service points, Hana Cook with three digs, six service points and one kill on 16 attack attempts, MJ Goff with nine digs and one kill on three attack attempts, Sophi Waibel with three service points with two aces, two kills on 20 attack attempts and one dig, Kennedy Renfrow with seven digs and Taylor Frederick with four assists and three digs.
In the JV match, Boonville fell in two straight against Southern Boone 10-25 and 24-26.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said the girls came out extremely timid in the first set, which caused them to make simple errors.
“I’m very proud of them for coming back in the second set with more fire,” Wendell said. “They played the best I’ve seen them play since we started practicing in the second set. We led most of the second set, but Southern Boone didn’t let anything hit the floor. I thought all the girls did a really good job playing together and playing with high intensity, especially in the second set. I’m really looking forward to this season because I think the girls are going to continue to improve.”
Freshman Nora Morris led Boonville’s JV with nine digs, three kills and three aces.
Hope Mesik finished the match with 14 digs while Carson Dee added five assists, three digs and one ace, Lillian Rohrbach with five digs, three kills and one assist, Jordan Brackman with four digs, two aces and one kill, Gabi Webster with one kill and one dig and Peyton Luscombe with one kill and one block.