After dropping the first set against Class 1 Calvary Lutheran 26-24 Monday night in Jefferson City,  Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball coach Morgan Sprigg said she knew right then and there her team was for in a dogfight.
As it turned out, the Lady Pirates wound up rallying in the next two sets to beat Calvary Lutheran 25-9 and 26-24 to improve to 7-6-1 on the season.
“It took the first set for the girls to realize that this was going to be a tough game,” Sprigg said. “I told them that they were going to be good and we needed to be ready to go.  They were 9-2 when we started last night and we managed to knock them to 9-3. We figured out what we needed to do and accomplished it during the second and third set.”
Sprigg said this was also the best game that the girls have played this season.
“We fought hard to get the victory,” Sprigg said. “We played fundamentally sound last night, picked up the ball on defense and ran an offense to score. It was a very fast pace game, but we managed to play with them and I am proud of the girls for not giving up and pushing till the end. There was not one girl that did not play well. They all played together as a team and communicated well on the floor not making many mistakes.”
As for individual play, Sprigg said Bre Smith and Hana Cook were beast at the net.
“They were hitting the ball extremely well to the open areas and scoring,” Sprigg said. “Jodie Bass came out ready to play as well. She is finally getting her timing right and hitting the ball well, as well as playing great defense. Again, I am proud of the girls and fighting till the end and not giving up. We know how we can play, we just have to keep this intensity up and play to our potential. We have Marshall on Thursday and they will be stronger than they were last year, so we need to be ready to play.”
Smith led the Lady Pirates with 11 kills on 31 attack attempts along with seven digs, four service points and four blocks.
Lawren Luscombe had 12 service points to lead Boonville along with six digs, four kills on 13 attack attempts and one block. Kennedy Renfrow had a team-leading 10 digs while Addyson Brownfield added a team-high 23 assists along with nine service points with four aces, five digs and one block. Hana Cook finished the match with eight digs, eight service points with five aces and seven kills on 17 attack attempts. Jodie Bass contributed seven digs, five service points, four kills on 17 attack attempts and one block while Sophi Waibel had three digs, two service points and one kill on nine attack attempts.
In the JV match, Boonville defeated Calvary Lutheran in two straight sets 25-17 and 25-15.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said this was the best the girls have played all season long. “The first set was great,” Wendell said. “Calvary Lutheran was a good team, but we just played up to our potential. We played really well together as a team tonight. I’m really proud of them.”
Taylor Frederick led the JV team with 20 assists along with three digs, one ace and one kill.
Nora Morris finished the match with a team-leading 10 kills along with seven digs and two aces while Lillian Rohrbach added seven digs, four kills and four aces, Hope Mesik with a team-high eight digs, one ace and one kill, Carson Dee four kills, three digs and one ace, Gabi Webster six digs, one kill and one ace and Peyton Luscombe with three blocks.