The Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team had a different idea as to how Thursday night’s season opener against the California Pintos was supposed to go.
After having success last week in the Jamboree at Centralia, head coach Morgan Sprigg felt like the Lady Pirates were on the right path. Unfortunately for the Lady Pirates, they never really got started as California won in two straight 25-13 and 25-12 for the victory.
“We had a terrible injury during warm-ups with one of my good players that played all the way around on the court,” Sprigg said. “The girls were very upset and overwhelmed with the injury and that showed on the court. California was a good team and we knew that from the start. They were very vocal and picked up a lot of balls causing us not to score like we can. The girls were down last night from the start and never got back up. We didn’t play to our ability and we struggled throughout the game. Something that I told the girls from day one is to pick each other up when needed and I did not see that last night. I did not see any leaders on the floor and I think that is a huge asset to us loosing.
“We fundamentally just couldn't get anything done last night. We have a very good back row but they have to be more vocal and have more confidence in getting every ball. We could not run an offense, even when our sets were in the right spot. I thought Kyleigh Skoufos, Hannah Gross, and Mackenzie Lutz stepped up and played in Kelsey’s position. I know they weren't quite ready for it, but they did what they needed to do. All in all it wasn't a good game and we will learn from our mistakes. We will go from there and continue to work on the little things at practice and play like we know how to play. We will be ready to go for the Holden Tournament on Saturday and hopefully get some wins.”
Junior Shayann Potter led the Lady Pirates with eight assists along with three digs, two service points and one kill on three attack attempts.
Brynn Edwards, meanwhile, finished the match with four kills on 11 attack attempts along with three service points with one ace, two blocks and one dig. Brianna Walker had four digs and one attack attempt while Lawren Luscombe added two digs and one kill on six attack attempts, Lindsey Harris with two kills on 18 attack attempts with one dig, Sara Clinton with two digs and two attack attempts, Kyleigh Skoufos with two digs and one attack attempt, Hannah Gross with one kill on five attack attempts and Mackenzie Lutz with two attack attempts.
Boonville also fell in the JV match, losing to California in two straight 25-8 and 25-9.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said the girls started off the season a little shaky. “We were definitely able to see where our kinks are,” Wendell said. “For our first game, and most of the girls’ first high school game in general, they did pretty well,” Wendell said. “Playing at the high school level, much less the JV level, for the first high school experience is a pretty nerve-wrecking one but I thought the girls were able to poise themselves towards the end of the first game and started to play like I know they can. We definitely have a lot to work on, but it was great to see players like Mackenzie Lutz and Eliza Adams step up as leaders on the floor. I definitely saw some good points to build on the rest of the season.”
Eliza Adams led the Lady Pirates JV with seven digs along with four service points and two attack attempts.
Mackenzie Lutz, meanwhile, finished the match with seven digs along with three kills on 10 attack attempts. Carson Dee added four digs, two service points, one assist and one kill on one attack attempt while MJ Goff had five assists, Rachel Lutz with one dig, one block and one service point, Sierra Key with two service points and three attack attempts, Diamond Lewis with one kill on two attack attempts, Cayley Hollon with one dig and Gabi Webster with one attack attempt.