The Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team dropped to 3-4-1 on the season by losing in two straight Tuesday night on the road against Columbia Hickman 17-25 and 18-25.
Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball coach Morgan Sprigg said the girls came out very flat and had no fire.
“This is something that we cannot afford playing a good team,” Sprigg said. “Hickman was a strong team and played very disciplined, but it’s nothing that we haven’t seen. Looking at our stats, it was a very slow paced game. When we got the ball to the setter, we could not execute and score. As a team we did not play fundamentally skilled like we know how to play. Jodie Bass was about the only one that was playing somewhat to her potential.
“Defensively she was getting to a lot of balls and not letting much pass her. She is getting stronger and improving as the season goes on. We can definitely play better than we did last night, we had a few metal errors and we have to be able to score offensively which we know how to do. We need to work on both offense and defense at practice to better ourselves on the floor. We need to be moving at all times on the floor and I did not see that last night, which caused some defensive errors. We need to be ready to go on Thursday for Blair Oaks, they are a very good team, so we need to be focused and play to our potential.”
Freshman Addison Brownfield led the Lady Pirates with seven assists along with four service points with one ace, two digs, one block and one kill on four attack attempts. Breanna Smith finished the match with five kills on 14 attack attempts along with three service points with two aces. Lawren Luscombe had three kills on 11 attack attempts along with two digs, two service points and one block while Jodie Bass added six digs and one block, Sophi Waibel with two service points with one ace, MJ Goff with three digs and Hana Cook with two digs and one service point.
In the JV match, Boonville fell in two straight against Hickman 11-25 and 8-25.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said the girls didn’t play with any fire against Hickman. “We played really slow and were stuck on our heels on defense,” Wendell said. “We welcomed Taylor Frederick as a second setter, which I think is going to be a really good asset to the JV team.”
Hope Mesik led the Lady Pirates with 10 digs while Taylor Frederick added six digs and three assists, Carson Dee with four digs, two kills and two aces, Jordan Brackman two kills and one dig, Nora Morris one ace and one dig, Peyton Luscombe one block, Lillian Rohrbach one dig and Gabi Webster with one assist.
The loss dropped the JV team to 0-6 on the season.
HOLDEN TOURNAMENT
The Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team finished 3-3-1 last Saturday in the Holden Fall Fiesta Classic.
While placing third in pool play, head coach Morgan Sprigg said Boonville took first in the silver bracket and wound up finishing fifth out of 12 teams.
In pool play, Boonville fell in two straight in the opening match against KC Lutheran 21-25 and 18-25. Then, after splitting games against St. Paul’s of Concordia 25-22 and 17-25, Boonville came back to win in two straight against Lone Jack 25-17 and 25-15. The Lady Pirates then won a three set thriller against Skyline 25-13, 17-25 and 25-20 before closing out their bracket with two straight wins over Lexington 25-11 and 25-10.
Sprigg said the girls started out really slow and didn’t play very well the first set.
“We had trouble communicating and were making little errors,” Sprigg said. “We got beat by the first place team in our pool, but I think they were beatable and we could of held our own if we would have played better. We finally came to work and came ready to play. I switched up some things and they pulled it together and played like they know how to play. We kept the ball rolling and communicated really well by playing great defense and pulling the ball away on offense. We did much better on our serving as well and didn’t miss near as many as we had last week.
“All the girls played really well this weekend and I was impressed with a lot of their abilities on the floor. I think they are finally getting the hang of the rotation and starting to build confidence as a team. We still need to work on our serve receive a little more and make sure that we are getting the ball to the setter to be able to run an offense. I thought that Hana Cook hit the ball extremely well this weekend and hand some good placement on the floor. Jodie Bass and Sophi Waibel also hit the ball well and placed the ball on the open areas on the floor. I am proud of the girls and how they are starting to come together as a team. I think we made a good decision with switching the some girls up on the floor, which caused us to make less mistakes and play well as a team. I was proud of the girls on their accomplishments. They played well and deserved first place in the Silver Bracket.”
Addison Brownfield led the Lady Pirates with 80 digs, 44 assists, 23 service points with two aces and one kill on 22 attack attempts.
Breanna Smith finished the tournament with 47 kills on 107 attack attempts along with 20 digs, 16 service points with two aces and 14 blocks. Lawren Luscombe had 31 service points with three aces along with 17 kills on 47 attack attempts, six digs and one block while Hana Cook added 24 service points with six aces, 16 digs and 13 kills on 49 attack attempts, Jodie Bass with 24 digs, nine service points with two aces, seven kills on 41 attack attempts, one block and one assist, MJ Goff with 44 digs, Sophi Waibel with 16 service points with six aces, seven digs, seven kills on 40 attack attempts, one block and one assist, Kennedy Renfrow with 19 digs and two assists and Carson Dee with two digs.