The Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team had the momentum going into the third set Thursday night against the California Pintos.
After battling the Pintos in the first-two sets, with California winning 19-25 in Game 1 and Boonville prevailing 25-21 in Game 2, you could have easily mirrored Tuesday’s match against Southern Boone in another three set thriller.
Unfortunately for the Lady Pirates, they had the same old things show their ugly face that plagued them against SBC by dropping the third set against California 15-25.
The loss, the second of the season for Boonville, was also the second straight in the Tri-County Conference.
Despite the loss, Boonville volleyball coach Morgan Sprigg said she thought the girls came out ready to play.
“We played a good first set and a great second set, switching some things up,” Sprigg said. “Again, we had too many missed serves and little mistakes that caused us the game. I knew that California was going to be solid, they always are. We cannot afford to make that many errors on a good team like that. We fought back late in the game, but it was too late. We have to be able to start off fighting and continue that momentum throughout the game not losing it.
“We were down 6-0 in the third set and we lost all momentum and couldn't get back up. Those are the little things that we need to work on as a team. I did not think that we played bad, but I think that we could have played better. We did not have very many kills, which is unexpected, and we need to learn how to place the ball into the open areas. Their defense was hard to get around like they always are. I thought that our defense looked better last night once we got in the groove. We still need to get our passes up closer to the net so we can run a solid offense.”
The first-two sets were a tale of two games as California came out and dominated the first set while leading by as much nine on four different occasions.
Boonville never led in the first set but had it down to four at 24-20 before ending the game on a bad serve.
Meanwhile, in the second set, the Lady Pirates turned the tables on California by jumping out to a 5-1 lead, mostly on hitting errors by the Lady Pintos. Freshman Addison Brownfield also had a service ace during that stretch.
However after leading by as much as nine at 20-11, Boonville couldn’t seem to buy a point after that as California went on a 9-2 run to cut the lead to two at 22-20. Then, after a kill by sophomore Sophi Waibel to make it 23-20, the Lady Pirates committed a hitting error. The Pintos returned the favor on the very next point. Then, to closeout the second set, senior Breanna Smith recorded a kill to even the match at 1-all.
The third set was all California as the Pintos scored the first six points and led by as much as double digits on two different occasions at 22-12 and 23-13. Meanwhile, after cutting the lead back to eight after two California errors to make it 23-15, Boonville again had a costly serve and a communication error on the floor to end the match.
Sprigg said she thought MJ Goff hustled after everything against California.
“That is what I like to see in a libero,” Sprigg said. “She may have missed some solid balls, but it did not stop her from getting back in the game and picking up everything. I also thought that Jodie Bass and Taylor Frederick played much better defense this game. Again, we need to work on some communication and our serving, but we are almost there.”
Brownfield led the Lady Pirates with 13 digs and 13 assists along with four service points with one ace and one kill on 16 attack attempts.
Breanna Smith finished the match with six kills on 20 attack attempts, five service points, four blocks and three digs while Jodie Bass added 11 digs, four service points and two kills on 20 attack attempts, MJ Goff with 16 digs and one kill on four attack attempts, Lawren Luscombe with eight service points, four kills on 21 attack attempts, three digs and one block, Kennedy Renfrow with nine digs, Taylor Frederick with seven digs, one assist and one service point, Sophi Waibel three service points, two kills on 21 attack attempts, two digs and one block and Hana Cook with four kills on 20 attack attempts and one service point.
In the JV match, California won in two straight against Boonville 15-25 and 9-25.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said the girls definitely didn’t play their game against California.
“We came out with some of the same first-game jitters I saw at the beginning of the game on Tuesday versus Southern Boone,” Wendell said. “Towards the end of the first set, we got some fire in us, but we waited too long to start having some intensity. Overall, we struggled to ge a good first pass, which led to too many out of system possessions. Hope Mesik continues to be really strong in the back row and is a good overall leader on the floor. I look forward to watching her grow into a really strong player.”
Mesik finished the match for Boonville with 18 digs along with one ace. Carson Dee finished the match with nine assists, four digs and three aces while Nora Morris added 10 digs and three kills, Lillian Rohrbach with five digs, four kills and two aces, Jordan Brackman with two kills and one ace and Gabi Webster with two digs.