Lady Pirates win in three sets 25-13, 16-25 and 25-13
After a horrendous three games in the Eldon Tournament over the weekend, the Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team vowed to get it right Tuesday night on Senior-Parents Night against the Versailles Tigers.
Of course a win would also even Boonville’s record in the Tri-County Conference and for the season as a whole.
As it turned out, the Lady Pirates won in three sets against Versailles by the scores of 25-13, 16-25 and 25-13.
The win improved Boonville’s record to 9-9-1 overall and 3-3 in conference play.
“The girls came out tough and ready to play,” said Boonville volleyball coach Morgan Sprigg. “They played one of their best sets in the first set. They were fired up and ready to play. They covered well and picked up every ball while executing the point. There were not many balls that got past us in the first set. The second set was a different story. We had too many little mistakes causing us to get down and not being able to regroup. We have to learn how to shake things off and get back to where we need to be. We have trouble communicating when we are down and we have trouble getting the point right back. It takes us a few to realize it. We powered through the third set and did what we needed to do to win. Versailles had a great defensive team and we had some trouble scoring, but we managed to find the open areas to score.”
While honoring the three seniors, Sprigg said both Lawren Luscombe and Breanna Smith played well. “Breanna killed it at the net by leading our team in kills and blocks,” Sprigg said. “She was unstoppable and I think this was one of her best games yet. She got to balls on defense and had good passes to the setter to run an offense. Kennedy Renfrow also had another good night on defense. She picked up just about everything on the floor. She is really getting used to this position and being a leader on the floor. I was proud of the girls for not giving up and fighting until the end to get the win. I am seeing a lot of positives on the floor and this is the time that we need to pull through and be ready to go for districts.”
The Lady Pirates never trailed in the opening set against Versailles while jumping out to a 9-1 lead and led by as much as 12 on two different occasions at 17-5 on the kill by Smith and 25-13 to closeout the set on a lift by the Tigers.
Of course the second set was a different story as Boonville and Versailles battled back and forth while playing to six ties at 6-6, 11-11, 12-12, 14-14, 15-15 and 16-16. The Lady Pirates then committed five straight errors to trail Versailles 21-16 and never recovered as the Tigers scored the final 10 points to win the second set 25-16.
In the third set, the Lady Tigers kept the game close while playing to three ties at 2-2, 3-3 and 4-4. But the Lady Pirates came back and reeled off six straight to go up 10-4. Boonville then took a double digit lead after back to back kills by sophomore Jodie Bass to extend the lead to 16-6. Versailles got it down to single digits at 21-12 after a hit long by the Lady Pirates. But Boonville would recover by outscoring Versailles 4-1 for the rest of the match, ending the night on a big-time kill straight down by Smith to make it 25-13.
Addison Brownfield led the Lady Pirates with a team-high 31 assists along with 14 service points with two aces. Brownfield also had 11 digs and one block.
Smith, meanwhile, finished the match with a team-high 20 kills on 33 attack attempts with 17 digs and a team-leading five blocks. Smith also had six service points with two aces. Lawren Luscombe had eight digs along with seven service points with one ace, six kills on 26 attack attempts, two blocks and one assist while Kennedy Renfrow added a team-high 22 digs along with one assist and one kill on three attack attempt, Sophi Waibel with eight service points, five digs and two kills on 13 attack attempts, Jodie Bass six digs, three service points and two kills on 15 attack attempts and Hana Cook with five kills on 24 attack attempts and two digs.
In the JV match, Boonville fell in two straight sets against Versailles 21-25 and 18-25.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said the girls just didn’t play their game. “Versailles was a really scrappy team and picked up most things we sent over the net,” Wendell said. “Towards the end of the first set, we started to come together. We had some really good rallies. The girls were moving and talking at that point, but we couldn’t pull out a win. The momentum carried over to the second set and we started really well, but just couldn’t finish. There were definite high points where we played really well.”
Nora Morris led the JV Lady Pirates with 11 digs along with three kills and two blocks. Taylor Frederick finished the match with 10 assists and three blocks while Lillian Rohrbach added six digs, three aces, two kills and one assist, Carson Dee with eight digs, two kills and one ace, Gabi Webster with six digs, three kills, one block and one ace, Hope Mesik with seven digs and one ace and Peyton Luscombe with two blocks.
The loss dropped the JV team to 4-11 overall and 0-6 in the TCC.