The Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team may have learned a valuable lesson in the first set Thursday night on the road against School of the Osage.
After falling to Osage in the first set 14-25, the Lady Pirates bounced back with two straight wins by beating the Indians by the scores of 25-23 and 25-20.
The win also put the Lady Pirates back over the .500 mark for the season at 11-10-1 overall and 4-3 in the Tri-County Conference.
Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball coach Morgan Sprigg said the girls came out flat and from the looks of it I thought it was going to be a long and rough game.
“We put that set aside and came out ready to play the second and third set,” Sprigg said. “It took us a minute to get fired up during the second set but we did and continued to play up to par. We struggled with our serve receive at the beginning of the game, but we pushed through and got it together. Osage was a fundamentally good team on both offense and defense. Our defense picked it up and got the ball to the target so we could score. Our hitters did a great job at placing the ball to the open areas on the court. They fought through the tough block and were very smart at the net. Hana Cook and Sophi Waibel placed well not letting much get past them on defense and being strong at the net. You could see the fire in their eyes and they weren’t giving up until we won. I was proud of the girls for getting through the tough first set and playing together as a team. They did much better communicating with one another and playing together as a team. It was a big win for us, putting us ahead in both our season record and conference record. We have some things to work on before Monday to prepare for Mexico in the first round of districts.”
Jodie Bass led the Lady Pirates with 10 service points with two aces. She also had one kill on 13 attack attempts.
Senior Breanna Smith, meanwhile, finished the match with three blocks, 10 kills on 25 attack attempts, five digs, two service points with one ace and one assist.
Addison Brownfield had a team-leading 26 assists along with eight digs, seven service points, one block and one kill on seven attack attempts. Kennedy Renfrow added a team-high 20 digs while Lawren Luscombe had 10 digs along with six kills on 19 attack attempts, four service points, one block and one assist, Hana Cook with eight kills on 28 attack attempts along with five service points, three digs and one block and Sophi Waibel with nine digs, six service points with one ace and two kills on 16 attack attempts.
The JV team also defeated Osage 25-21, 25-23.
While the win improved Boonville’s record to 7-11 overall and 1-6 in the TCC, JV coach Alex Wendel said the girls were really excited to get their first conference win.
“ I don’t think I have seen the girls play as well as they did last night,” Wendell said. “We came out with high intensity and played our game the whole time. I was really excited to see this! What I was particularly happy about was our serve receive and defense. We played EXCELLENT defense. We haven’t had rallies last as long as they were lasting last night. The girls fought for two straight sets and were able to beat a pretty good School of the Osage team. Definitely a good way to end our regular season games.”