Improve to 5-5-1 overall and 2-3 in the conference

The Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team is quickly learning that if they play well the outcome is usually a victory.
Such was the case Monday night at home in a conference match against the Eldon Mustangs. Although the second set was a lot closer than one would have liked, the Lady Pirates still managed to beat the Mustangs in two straight sets 25-19 and 25-23.
While the win improved Boonville’s record to 5-5-1 overall and 2-3 in the Tri-County Conference, head coach Morgan Sprigg said the girls came out strong and ready to play against Eldon.
“We played very well at the beginning of the set, but we let them come back with a few points because we are making little errors,” Sprigg said. “Again, we cannot afford five errors and allowing them to score on a good team like Eldon.”
The Lady Pirates never trailed in the first set against Eldon and led by as much as 10 at 24-14 after an unforced error by the Mustangs. But that all changed for the next five points as Eldon rallied back to cut the lead to five at 24-19. Of course needing one more point to closeout the first set, sophomore Hana Cook delivered with one of her five kills on the night to give the Lady Pirates a one set lead.
As for the second set, the Lady Mustangs came out the aggressor and had Boonville on its heels while leading by as much as six points at 13-7 after a serve-recieve errors by the Lady Pirates.
However over the next 10 points, Boonville battled back to tie the game at 15-all. Both teams then traded points back and forth to tie the set at 18-18, 19-19, 20-20, and 22-22. Then, after Boonville was called for a lift to give Eldon a 23-22 lead, Cook came back with a rolling dink over the net to forge another tie at 23-all.
The Lady Pirates never trailed after that as senior Breanna Smith scored on a dink to make it 24-23. Then, on the final point in the match, sophomore Jodie Bass scored the winning point on a serve-receive error by Eldon.
Sprigg said she thought both teams came out strong.
“I told the girls to be ready because Eldon would be ready to play and find the open areas on our floor,” Sprigg said. “But our team did not give up or hang their heads, they kept fighting and got the win. I was very proud of the girls for not giving up and playing a great game. They stayed positive on the court and put the ball away. Eldon was a decent team and we knew they were going to be. I thought that Addison Brownfield offensively played well last night, running the offense and putting the ball where we needed too to score.
“Lawren Luscombe and Breanna Smith were both beasts at the net, hitting the ball to the open areas and being very aggressive on offense. Hana Cook also hit the ball extremely well and putting the ball in play. Again, I was very proud of the girls for not giving up and playing their game, and I think we are finally coming to together as a team and connecting extremely well. We have Mexico on Monday and we will be working on a few things to stay in the game.”
Brownfield led the Lady Pirates with 18 assists along with four digs, two service points and one block.
Smith finished the match with 10 kills on 20 attack attempts along with six digs, four service points and one block. Lawren Luscombe added seven kills on 16 attack attempts along with five service points with four aces, two digs and one block while Cook had five service points with three aces, five kills on 16 attack attempts, three digs and one assist, Jodie Bass seven service points and four digs, Sophi Waibel four service points with two aces, two digs, one block and one kill on two attack attempts and Kennedy Renfrow with five digs.
In the JV match, Boonville fell in two straight sets against Eldon 19-25 and 12-25.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said the girls did not show up to play last night.
“We came out flat and just couldn’t pick ourselves up,” Wendell said. “I told the girls that we did not lose because Eldon was more talented than us, they just hustled more than us. I definitely feel like we can beat that team. Unfortunately, we don’t get another chance this year, but we are going to learn from this and be ready to go next week.”
Nora Morris led the Lady Pirates with nine digs and three kills.
Hope Mesik finished the match with seven digs, two kills and one ace while Taylor Frederick added seven assists and three blocks, Gabi Webster six digs and three aces, Carson Dee with five digs, one kill and one ace, Peyton Luscombe two kills and two blocks and Lillian Rohrbach with two digs and two aces.