The Ss. Peter & Paul and LSE volleyball teams took different routes Saturday while competing in the annual LSE/Ss. Peter & Paul Volleyball Classic in Boonville.
While the Lady Pirates faced off against teams from the Tri-Conference Conference, the Ss. Peter & Paul girls played both TCC teams in addition to Oakland at the Ss. Peter & Paul gymnasium.
The Lady Warriors also had a little more success on the day by finishing 5-2 overall while the LSE Lady Pirates closed out the day at 1-3.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Dina Herzog said it was a great day of volleyball for the girls. “I was very pleased with the level of play for this tournament,” Herzog said. “We got to play teams we won’t see this season.”
The Lady Warriors started the tournament in winning fashion by beating the Oakland Eagles in two straight 25-17 and 25-23. Then, after beating Versailles in two sets 25-22 and 25-18, Ss. Peter & Paul came back to win in two against Osage 25-17 and 26-24. However in the fourth round against Mexico, Ss. Peter & Paul fell in two straight by the scores of 16-25 and 24-26.
Herzog said the girls, needing only to win one set against Mexico, were three points from playing for first.
“We ended up 6-2 in pool play and took second in our pool,” Herzog said. “We then played Eldon, who was second in their pool and lost in two sets 18-25 and 23-25.”
Abby Fuemmeler led the Lady Warriors with 39 assists along with 18 service points with nine aces and 13 digs.
Grace Williams finished the tournament with 29 digs along with 28 service points with 10 aces and two kills while Madison Smith added 27 service points with seven aces, 18 kills and 16 digs, Katelyn Smith with 17 kills, 13 service points with six aces and 12 digs, Kylee Turner with 19 digs, 16 service points with seven aces, four assists and two kills, Zoey Lang with 23 digs, 13 service points with one ace and 10 kills, Jordyn Fuemmeler with three digs, two kills and two service points with one ace and Addie Hubach with three digs and one assist.
Herzog said Abby Fuemmeler led the team in assists and hustled every ball.
“She did a great job assisting on hitters,” Herzog said of Fuemmeler. “Grace was a passing machine in the back row on defense and serve receive. She was also our most consistent server. Zoey passed on a dime to the target making our setter’s job easier. She also hit line on offense to score when needed. Madison served very well at crucial times and was our go to person on offense, who played very well at the net.
“Katelyn had great off-speed shots over the block and scored with the defense on their heels. She was also the most improved as the day progressed. Kylee led in service ace percentage. On defense, she was scrappy and picked up the short balls in the middle of our court. Addie was the first off the bench to contribute. She can play anywhere: middle, outside and opposite the setters. Jordyn and Addy gave great support from the bench and added to the team’s success.”
As for the LSE Lady Pirates, they had a rough start by dropping two straight sets against Eldon 18-25 and 11-25.
Genae Hodge and Heather Hall each had three service points in the match for LSE while Ashlen Homan, Abby Pulliam and Alyssa Gross contributed two service points each and Ava Parman with one service point.
In the next match against California, the Lady Pirates prevailed in two straight by the scores of 25-12 and 25-21.
Boyd said the girls struggled in the first set with serving but recovered nicely in the second set. “After warming up it was a much closer matchup in the second set against California,” Boyd said.
In the third match against Hallsville, LSE fell in two straight by the scores of 14-25 and 9-25.
Boyd said LSE struggled to return serve during the game against Hallsville. “Miscommunication played a major factor as we struggled on the floor,” Boyd said.
In the final match against Southern Boone, the Lady Pirates again fell in two straight by the scores of 17-25 and 19-25.
Boyd said the girls ended the afternoon on a stronger showing. “It was a much better game for communication and movement from the players,” Boyd said.
As for the LSE seventh grade volleyball team, who competed in the conference tournament at Eldon, the Lady Pirates dropped all three matches in two straight sets against Eldon 5-25 and 7-25, Hallsville 18-25 and 11-25 and Southern Boone 9-25 and 18-25.
Boyd said the girls couldn’t overcome communication issues through the first set against Eldon. “As many players are new to the game, we are working to improve our movement on the floor and our serving,” Boyd said. “In the match against Hallsville, this game showed signs of improvement for the Lady Pirates. They were calmer and more collected in their play. Meanwhile, in the match against Southern Boone, the first set proved to be slightly off for the Lady Pirates but they rebounded nicely in the second set.”