After finishing 1-5 overall in pool play Saturday in the Hickman JV Volleyball Tournament in Columbia, the Boonville Lady Pirates JV volleyball team came back in bracket play to go 2-0 to capture the consolation trophy.
In pool play, the Lady Pirates dropped their first-two matches by losing in two straight sets against Blue Springs South 15-25 and 11-25 and Southern Boone 23-25 and 24-16. Meanwhile, in the third match, Boonville won the first set against Battle 25-19 but dropped the second by a score of 12-25.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said the girls struggled a little bit in pool play but played three solid teams.
“We were able to put up a good block against Blue Springs South, which allowed our defense to pick up quite a few balls. Southern Boone definitely improved on the year. Both games should have been ours, but we made too many mental mistakes to hold on until the end. I was very proud of them for coming back after that tough loss to beat Battle in one set. Mentally we fell apart a little bit in the second set. However, I was very proud of them during bracket play. We wanted to come out and end our season on a high note. Everyone contributed to the two wins needed to win the consolation bracket.”
In the three matches in pool play, Taylor Frederick led the Lady Pirates with 20 assists along with 17 digs, one kill on 14 attack attempts and one ace.
Makiya West finished the game with 20 digs, nine kills on 49 attack attempts, two acesone assist and one block. Lily Terrell had 23 digs, three kills on 26 attack attempts and two blocks while Sophie Waibel added 11 digs and nine kills on 46 attack attempts, Eliza Adams with 13 digs and four kills on 12 attack attempts, Kennedy Renfrow with eight digs, five kills on 30 attack attempts and one block, Carson Dee with 10 digs, two aces, one assist and one attack attempt, Diamond Lewis with one dig, one block and three attack attempts, and Jordan Brackman with one dig and one kill on two attack attempts.
In bracket play, the Lady Pirates defeated North Callaway in two straight sets by the scores of 25-13 and 25-19. Meanwhile, in the consolation finals, Boonville won in two against Sedalia Smith-Cotton 25-11 and 25-17.
In the match against North Callaway, Frederick had 12 digs along with nine assists, three kills on nine attack attempts and two aces.
West finished the match with nine digs, three kills on 21 attack attempts and three aces while Waibel added seven digs, four kills on 17 attack attempts and two aces, Terrell with six digs, two kills on 10 attack attempts, two aces and one assist, Renfrow with four kills on 18 attack attempts with two digs and one ace, Adams with six digs and one attack attempt, Dee with four digs, two aces and one attack attempt and Gracie Sadler with four digs.
As for the match against Sedalia Smith-Cotton, Frederick again led the team with eight digs along with seven assists and three kills. West finished the match with six digs, three kills on 10 attack attempts, three aces and one block while Terrell added five digs, three kills on eight attack attempts and two aces, Dee with six digs, three aces and two attack attempts, Adams with three kills on four attack attempts, two digs and one assist, Waibel with two digs, two kills on 12 attack attempts and one ace and Renfrow with two kills on seven attack attempts, two aces and one dig.
“I am really proud of the girls for their effort this season,” Wendell said. “This was practically a brand new team, so it took a little time for them to find their fluidity on the court. Not too far into conference play, they were looking like a really cohesive team. In my 3 years of coaching, I have not seen such a talented group. Each of the girls has something strong to bring to the table. When they played as a team and played their game, they were definitely a force to reckon with. I am really excited to see what they do in the years to come.”