The Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team knows they could have played better over the weekend in the Knob Noster Invitational Tournament.
Although the Lady Pirates would go on to finish third overall behind Concordia and Oak Grove, head coach Morgan Sprigg said she and the girls both feel they should have been playing for the championship against Concordia.
“We just missed too many serves and made way too many little mistakes,” Sprigg said. “We need to communicate on the floor more and get ourselves up when we get down. We seem to have trouble with winning a set and then losing a set. We need to find a way to fight harder and keep our intensity up. We have another busy week coming up that we have to prepare for starting with Mexico on Monday.”
The Lady Pirates seemed to have everything going their way in pool play by finishing 2-1. While opening with a two-set win against Northwest 25-12 and 25-13, Boonville came back in the next match to lose two in a row against the Concordia Lady Orioles by the scores of 17-25 and 25-26. Meanwhile, in the third match in pool play, the Lady Pirates defeated Clinton in two straight sets by the scores of 25-22 and 25-19.
Meanwhile, after advancing to bracket play, Boonville continued its string of straight set victories by beating Knob Noster 25-15 and 25-21. Then, after advancing to the semifinal round, the Lady Pirates fell in three sets against former MRVC rival Oak Grove by the scores of 20-25, 25-20 and 22-25.
Although the Lady Pirates fell they should have been playing for the championship, they had to settle for third place after beating Northwest in three sets 25-16, 19-25 and 25-13.
Sprigg said the girls looked very tired from the busy week and it showed on the floor.
“Even though the girls came out pretty strong and decent for the first game against Northwest, it was a slow moving game but we managed to win,” Sprigg said. “During the second game against Concordia, we played very slow. They were a decent team, but we could have beaten them. We made way too many little mistakes and we were not communicating on the floor at all causing us to lose the game. We beat Clinton and Knob Noster, putting us in the semifinal game against Oak Grove. They were a good team, but once again we didn’t show up to play until the second set.
“They were a beatable team, but our intensity was low and we couldn’t get ourselves back up and fight for the win. That put us in the third place game against Northwest. The girls were extremely tired and mad about the game before against Oak Grove and didn’t play very well during this game. We seem to get down very easily and have a hard time getting back up and having fun.”
Abbie Lemmons led the Lady Pirates with a total of 49 kills on 124 attack attempts along with 49 digs, 47 service points with 15 aces and two blocks.
Jessica Luscombe had 48 kills on 104 attack attempts along with 28 service points with nine aces, 19 blocks and 15 digs. Emma Goff added nine assists, 33 digs, 17 service points with one ace and four kills on 30 attack attempts while Sophie Taube had 84 digs, 28 attack attempts and 26 service points with one ace, Kelsi Dillender with 48 digs, 32 service points with nine aces, eight assists, five kills on 38 attack attempts and one block, Sydnee Poindexter with 47 digs, 26 service points with three aces and five kills with 45 attack attempts, Brynn Edwards with 17 kills on 59 attack attempts, nine blocks and one assist, Dana Lester with 11 attack attempts and one dig and Lindsey Harris with three digs.