The Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team and the Mexico Lady Bulldogs should know each other well after Monday’s district opener at Centralia.
Having already played twice during the regular season, with both teams winning at home, the Lady Pirates used the home court to their advantage Tuesday night by beating Mexico in three sets 25-13, 20-25 and 25-22.
The win was Boonville’s 10th of the season, bringing them back to the .500 mark at 10-10-1 overall.
Boonville volleyball coach Morgan Sprigg said during the first set the girls came out ready to play.
“We were communicating well and executing the ball to score,” Sprigg said. “We did not have trouble with getting the ball to the setter to run the offense. During the second and third sets, we struggled with communication and our serve receive. Mexico served eight straight points at us and we could not get a pass. We work on serve receive every day in practice and I do not understand why we have been struggling with it so much. I think that is is communication errors and no one wants to take charge in the back row. It is hard to execute an offense when we cannot get the ball to the setter. We have been struggling with our serve receive and defense and those are the two things we have been focusing on in practice. Our girls have to play more disciplined and have that fire to win. We are lacking some of those traits and that is going to hurt us district time. We have mexico again on Monday during the first round of districts, so we are going to have to prepare for them one more time.  I thought that Jodie Bass played good defense last night and picked it up when we needed her to. She is coming around on her hits and timing it better so she can score. Breanna Smith hit the ball well as well as her blocking. We did not get her the ball as much as we usually do because we were off on our passing. If we work on these little things and get them down, there should be no stopping us.”
The first set was all Boonville as the Lady Pirates jumped out to a 17-9 lead at one point after a hit off the block by senior Breanna Smith.
Boonville also had a 10-0 run during that span, which started after a hit to the middle by Mexico to cut the lead to 12-8. The Lady Pirates then reeled off 10 straight to extend the lead to 21-9 and never let the lead get below double digits for the rest of the match while leading by as much as 13 at 24-11 on the serve by Hana Cook. Then, to closeout the first set, senior Lawren Luscombe picked up one of her six kills on the night with a cross-court slam to make it 25-13.
As for the second set, the Lady Pirates struggled with serve receive and trailed at one point by a score of 6-1 before rallying back to tie the match at 6-all on the ace by freshman Addison Brownfield. Then, after battling back and forth to six ties at 10-10, 11-11, 12-12, 13-13, 14-14 and 15-15, the Lady Pirates caught a break by reeling off two straight on a block by Smith and an unforced error by Mexico to go up 17-15.
Then, after playing to two more ties at 17-17 and 18-all, the Lady Pirates couldn’t buy a point as Mexico came back and reeled off six straight to extend the lead to 24-18. Boonville cut it back to five with a hit to the middle and then picked up another point on the serve by Brownfield to make it 24-20. However, on the final point, the Lady Pirates let the ball drop to the court to lose the match 25-20.
The third set was also back and forth, with neither taking more than a two-point lead early on. While playing to five ties at 2-2, 5-5, 6-6, 9-9 and 10-10, A combination of errors by the Lady Pirates resulted in a three-point deficit as Mexico led 13-10 and 15-12. Boonville then reeled off six straight to go up 17-15 only to have Mexico rally back again to force three ties at 18-18, 20-20 and 21-21. However on the final four points of the match for the Lady Pirates, Mexico had three unforced errors while sophomore Jodie Bass scored on a hit to the back row.
Boonville scored the final period on a hit out of bounds by Mexico to seal the victory.
Smith closed out the match for Boonville to lead the team with 10 kills on 16 attack attempts along with seven blocks. Smith also had eight service points with one ace, five digs and one assist.
Addison Brownfield finished the match with a team-high 19 assists and 10 digs along with six service points with three aces and one kill on five attack attempts.
Lawren Luscombe had a team-leading 15 service points with two aces along with six kills on 12 attack attempts, three digs, two assists and one block.
Hanna Cook contributed eight service points with three aces along with four kills on 18 attack attempts and two digs while Jodie Bass added nine digs and five kills on 18 attack attempts, Sophi Waibel with six service points with one ace, one kill on 13 attack attempts, one block and one dig and Kennedy Renfrow with six digs and two assists.
Boonville also won the JV match by beating Mexico in two straight sets 25-18 and 25-15.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said she is proud of the girls for pulling out the win.
“We started the night a little slow, but gained momentum as the sets went on,” Wendell said. “We played really well and together in the second set. Gabi Webster had some excellent serve receive passes, especially in the second set.”
Nora Morris and Taylor Frederick each tied for the team-high in several categories for the Lady Pirates. Frederick had eight assists and four aces along with six digs and two kills while Morris finished the match with eight digs and six kills along with three assists, two aces and one block.
Carson Dee finished the match with four digs along with three aces, three assists, one kill and one block while Lillian Rohrbach added five kills, two digs and two aces, Hope Mesik with eight digs, Gabi Webster with three digs, one kill, one assist and one ace and Peyton Luscombe with three kills and one assist.