The Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team have now what they call a winning streak after beating the Mexico Lady Bulldogs in two straight games last night at the Windsor gymnasium 25-23 and 25-15.
After the loss to Hannibal back on September 18, the Lady Pirates have now won two straight matches against Marshall and Mexico. Of course the match Thursday night on the road against the Fulton Hornets could get a little tougher. In an earlier match at Boonville, the Lady Pirates rallied from a one set deficit to beat Fulton in three sets.
As for the match last night against Mexico, head coach Susie Stone said she was anxious for the girls to get back on the floor after being off since last Thursday.
"We started out slow and struggled with connections and finding the floor on our attacking," Stone said. "Unfortunately, we gave Mexico a large amount of points in the first eight of the set. I felt like the kids were prepared and ready to play, we just were a couple of inches off on everything from moving our feet to pulling our arm swing through on our follow through which made our hits sail long."
Stone said once the Lady Pirates cleaned up their hitting, they struggled with other phases of the game.
"I am pleased with the kids mental stability to come through when down at the end of the game to go ahead and push through for the win," Stone said. "We never let down and continued to push even if our performance did not meet our expectations."
In the second set, Stone said the girls had some strong blocking at the net which seemed to turn the momentum tide in their direction. She said the girls struggled to keep a lead in the middle of the set and struggled with serve-receive And then to top it off, she said they could not put all phases of the game together to finish or put the ball away and let Mexico back into the set.
"Strong blocking and timely hitting led to Mexico making several errors off of defense and allowed us to come out on top," Stone said.
Junior Kristin Hoff led the Lady Pirates, who improved to 8-3 overall and 4-1 in the NCMC, with 21 digs, seven service points, four kills on 5 of 8 attack attempts and one assist.
Senior Bailey Pfeiffer finished the match with 12 digs, eight assists, eight kills on 13 of 15 attack attempts, seven service points with two aces and one block.
Mariah Root had 13 digs and 12 service points with one ace while Zoe Root added 13 assists, 11 service points with one ace and seven digs, Kylie Hohensee with 10 digs, two assists and one kill on 2 of 3 attack attempts, Raven Stone with three blocks, three kills on 5 of 6 attack attempts, two assists and two digs, Taylor Fry with five kills on 10 of 12 attack attempts with three blocks and two digs, Anna Davis with four digs, two aces and 8 of 10 on attack attempts, Morgan Edwards with five blocks, five kills on 6 of 7 attack attempts and two digs, Anna Terlep with three service points and two digs, Sam Ivy with two digs and one kill on 3 of 3 attack attempts and Daryl Fagan with two digs.
In the junior varsity match, Boonville defeated Mexico in two straight games 25-11 and 25-19.
Freshman Makenzie Ficken had 13 assists, six service points with three aces and one kill.
Daryl Fagan added 10 digs, five service points with one ace while Katarina Xufuris had eight service points with five aces and four digs, Emma Goff with five assists and three digs, Emilyn O'Laughlin with six kills, Sydney Poindexter with three kills, two digs and one block, Anna Terlep with four kills and one block, Jessica Luscombe with two kills and two blocks, Sophie Taube with four digs, Holly Brady with two digs and Bridgett Fischer and Kelsi Dillender each with two kills.