Drop matches against Calvary Lutheran, Eldon and Owensville

The Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team had a short stay in the Eldon Invitational Tournament on Saturday with three straight losses.
Of course it didn’t help that Boonville dropped both matches in pool play against Calvary Lutheran and Eldon, two teams they had already beaten in the regular season. The Lady Pirates fell in three sets against Calvary Lutheran 12-25, 24-26 and 11-15.  Meanwhile, in the match against Eldon, Boonville dropped the first set 22-25, won the second 26-24 and fell in the third set 7-15.
Then, in the first game in bracket play, the Lady Pirates fell in two straight against Owensville 26-28 and 22-25.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell, who stepped in for head coach Morgan Sprigg, who attended a wedding, said the girls started off the day kind of slow.
“We didn’t communicate well during the first set with Calvary Lutheran and were stuck in the same rotation for 12 points, until we figured out a way to score,” Wendell said. “We shook that off pretty well and competed the second set. I started to see a little bit of fire in the second set. We were getting on the ground and not letting easy balls drop. We had some scoring issues at the table at the end of the second set when the score was 24-23, which slowed the momentum that we built up and we ended up dropping the second set. The third set was back to not communicating well, which resulted in a loss. Kennedy Renfrow played great defense in the second set. She was really getting up under our hitters and blockers so she could get some of those little balls that came off the blocks.”
In the match against Eldon, Wendell said having already played them this year the girls knew they were going to be scrappy and pick up almost everything.
“They did just that,” Wendell said. “We played them pretty strong the first two sets, but we had a hard time hitting around their block and scoring. Lawren Luscombe heated up in this game and played with some aggression at the net. Then, in the match against Owensville, they had some height up front, which we struggled with a little bit early in the first set. The girls were able to pull it together and fight back to make it a game. The second set was the same way, but we just had some communication errors once again and couldn’t push ahead. This was a tough-fought set.”
For the tournament, freshman Addison Brownfield led the Lady Pirates with 52 assists along with 15 digs, five service points with one ace, three blocks and two kills on eight attack attempts.
Breanna Smith finished the tournament with 30 kills on 75 attack attempts along with 23 digs, nine blocks, four service points with one ace and one assist. Lawren Luscombe had 15 digs, 10 kills on 45 attack attempts, 10 service points with two aces, four blocks and one assist while Kennedy Renfrow added 29 digs and two assists, Jodie Bass 13 digs, 10 kills on 37 attack attempts, three service points and two blocks, Hana Cook nine service points with three aces, eight kills on 36 attack attempts and six digs, Sophi Waibel six digs, five kills on 25 attack attempts, three blocks and one service point and Carson Dee with one dig.
Boonville, 8-9-1 overall, will host the Versailles Tigers on Tuesday, Oct. 9th at the Windsor gymnasium starting at 5:30 p.m. Then, on Thursday, Oct. 11th, the Lady Pirates will play at Sedalia Smith-Cotton starting at 6 p.m.