You have to give it to the Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team for making it interesting.
Except this time, the Lady Pirates had it backfire on them Thursday night on the road while losing in a three-set marathon against Sedalia Smith-Cotton 25-19, 17-25 and 14-25.
While the loss dropped Boonville below the .500 mark on the season at 9-10-1 overall, head coach Morgan Sprigg said the match against Smith-Cotton was tough like she thought it would be.
“Smith Cotton is a great team, offensively and defensively,” Sprigg said. “We struggled blocking their middle hitter and she did great at placing the ball on our side. We came out strong the first set, but it dwindled down the second and third set. They came ready to play and we started making errors left and right and couldn't get back up. Our serve receive and defense was off last night. We just did not play as a team like we know how to do. We did not deserve to get beat that bad and the girls know that. We struggled communicating on the floor as well causing some errors.”
Despite the loss, Sprigg said freshman setter Addison Brownfield did a great job at trying to run an offense with the passes she was getting. Sprigg said Brownfield was all over the place trying to get the ball to a hitter. “She tried to get the team up and lead the floor, but it was too late in the game,” Sprigg said. “Again, I knew this was going to be a tough team and I told the girls that as well, but we beat ourselves towards the end and couldn't get back up. We need to work on some defense and serve receive in practice to be prepared for Mexico on Tuesday night.”
Brownfield finished the match with a team high 17 assists to go along with eight digs, six service points with one ace and one block.
Senior Lawren Luscombe also had a big game with a team-high nine blocks along with seven service points with three aces, two digs and one kill on 10 attack attempts. Breanna Smith finished the match with a team-high 10 kills on 26 attack attempts, seven digs, two blocks and two service points while Hana Cook added six kills on 23 attack attempts and five service points with five aces, Jodie Bass with seven digs, three service points with one ace and one kill on nine attack attempts, Kennedy Renfrow with a team-high 11 digs and Sophi Waibel with three service points, two digs, one block and one kill on five attack attempts.
In the JV match, Boonville defeated Smith-Cotton in two straight 25-22 and 25-20.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said this was definitely not the girls best game, but they did what they needed to do to get a win.
“What I am most proud of with the girls last night is they didn’t quit,” Wendell said. “There were definitely times we hit 2-3 point slumps, but the girls pulled it out and did what they needed to do to win. We played much more together and communicated much better in the second set than the first. Nora, Lillian, and Carson started swinging and were more aggressive in the second set. Our defense was also much better that set than the first.”
Taylor Frederick led the Lady Pirates JV team, 5-11 overall, with six assists along with three kills and three digs.
Lillian Rohrbach finished the match with seven digs along with two kills and two aces while Nora Morris added six digs, two blocks, two kills and one ace, Carson Dee with seven digs and three kills, Gabi Webster with two digs, two aces, one kill nd one block and Hope Mesik with three digs.