The Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team survived another tough test Thursday night on the road against former NCMC foe Marshall.
While the Lady Pirates have moved on to the Tri-County Conference this fall, the Owls presented a different challenge for Boonville in that they liked a little slower paced game.
As it turned out, Boonville adjusted to the slower pace by beating Marshall in two straight sets 25-20 and 25-21.
The win improved Boonville’s record to 8-6-1 overall.
Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball coach Morgan Sprigg said the pace did pick up in the second set and the girls started to rally a lot more.
“Playing a slower pace game can cause more errors and not playing up to your full potential which I saw that some tonight,” Sprigg said. “We made a few errors during both sets causing them to get a few extra points. We played much better the second set. Marshall’s defense was very good, they covered the floor well and picked up a lot of things that we threw at them. We also did a pretty good job picking up their tips once we got the hang of it. I thought both Kennedy Renfrow and Lawren Luscombe played great defense. Kennedy read the ball well picking up a lot that fell to the middle of the floor. She kept our team alive and able to execute the play. Our girls did well hitting, both Breanna and Lawren did great at attacking the net and placing the ball to the open area. They also did well getting to the block and getting their hands on the ball. It was good to see the girls play together as a team and enjoy it. They are really coming together and playing up to their potential. We have the Eldon Tournament on Saturday, which will have some tough teams in it. We will be working on a few things to prepare for it.”
Senior Lawren Luscombe again had a good night for the Lady Pirates at the hitter position while leading the team in kills with nine on 25 attack attempts. Luscombe also tied teammate Breanna Smith with three blocks and finished second in digs with 10 while finishing with three service points with one ace.
Smith finished the match with a team-leading eight service points with two aces along with eight digs, seven kills on 19 attack attempts and three blocks. Kennedy Renfrow had a team-high 12 digs while Addi Brownfield added a team-high 23 assists along with five digs, two service points and one block. Hana Cook had seven service points with three aces along with three digs and three kills on 20 attack attempts while Jodie Bass had seven digs, four service points and three kills on 10 attack attempts and Sophi Waibel with six service points, two digs and two kills on six attack attempts.
Boonville also won in two straight sets in the JV match against Marshall 25-17 and 25-10.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said the girls carried their momentum over from Monday night and played really well last night.
“They played together,” Wendell said. “Taylor did a great job of mixing up the sets, involving all the hitters. Payton continues to be aggressive up front and dominate the net. Nora did a great job attacking all around the floor. I’m really proud of how the girls are playing at this point in the season.”
Taylor Frederick led the Lady Pirates with six assists along with four aces, four kills and four digs.
Carson Dee finished the match with eight aces, six digs and two kills while Nora Morris added 12 digs and six kills, Hope Mesik with four digs, Gabi Webster with two aces, two digs and one kill, Lillian Rohrbach with two digs, one kill and one ace and Payton Luscombe with two blocks and one kill.