Stating that the conference was a little up and down this season, the Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team couldn’t have predicted its final season in the NCMC any better after finishing second overall for the fourth year in a row.
In the final-team standings, Hannibal captured first with a perfect record of 10-0. Boonville finished second at 6-4, followed by Mexico at 5-5, Fulton and Kirksville tied at 4-6 and Marshall at 1-9.
The Boonville Lady Pirates also had three members recently selected to the all-conference team for the 2017 season.
Seniors Brynn Edwards and Shayann Potter were both first team selections while Dana Lester was named to the second team.
Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball coach Morgan Sprigg the conference was more even this year and most of the time it was hard to tell who was going to win.
“We got beat by Hannibal both times we played them, which they had a solid team like they always do,” Sprigg said. “They got first in the conference this year by blowing everyone out of the water. I thought that our conference was a little up and down. All of the teams seemed to be more even except Hannibal. We lost to Fulton at their place and Kirksville at their place.
“We beat them both at our place, which were both good wins for us. I thought that we played extremely well against both of those teams at home. We also played well against Marshall at home. I do believe that we placed right in our conference. Even though we lost to two other teams we managed to get them back the second match.”
 Edwards, a middle hitter for the Lady Pirates, currently leads the team with 173 kills for a percentage of 29.6 along with 35 total blocks. She also has 112 service points with 19 aces in addition to 212 digs and 12 assists.
Sprigg said Edwards is a true leader on the floor.
“She leads the team in kills and blocks and is second in digs which says a lot for a middle,” Sprigg said. “She has been selected all conference for two years and all district last year. She has improved so much in the last two years and has become a great player. She is unstoppable at the net with her hitting and blocking.
“Her timing on her hitting and blocking has really gotten better and I think she is starting to have fun with the game. She has done well with finding the open areas on the floor and placing the ball there. She plays all six rotations for me this year and we need her on the floor. She is a treat both offensively and defensively and has been a huge asset to our team.”
Potter also stepped it up this season for the Lady Pirates. While playing setter the last two years on varsity, Potter led the team with 435 assists along with 101 digs, 89 service points with 10 aces, 19 kills and four total blocks.
Sprigg said Potter is a leader on the floor and the teams quarterback.
“She runs the plays,” Sprigg said. “She obviously has the best hands on our team which is why she is running a 5-1 offense. She works hard to get to every ball to run the play which is what I need from a setter. I am hard on my setters and she is one that takes it and improves from it. She leads the team in assists for us this year and she has already passed her assists from last year. We would not be able to run an offense without Shay, she has been a huge asset to our team as well.”
Lester has also been a big asset for the Lady Pirates while playing outside hitter. A two-year starter for Boonville, Lester currently leads the team with 113 service points with 22 aces along with 93 kills, 68 digs, four total blocks and three assists.
Sprigg said Lester has come a long way this year. “She has really become a smart player and knows when and where to put the ball,” Sprigg said. “She is extremely strong and helps us out offensively. She has been a leader on the floor and is second leading in kills this year for us. When she is on she is unstoppable at the net.”