Boonville’s Breanna Smith and Addison Brownfield proved to be a tough one-two combination for the Lady Pirates volleyball team this season.
While Smith plays hitter for Boonville and Brownfield setter, the duo  was recently rewarded for their play during the 2018 season not only in the Tri-County Conference but also in the Class 3 District 8 Tournament.
Smith was a first team selection for both teams while Brownfield was a second team all-district selection and a honorable mention all-conference pick.
Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball coach Morgan Sprigg said both players were very deserving of their honors.
While the Lady Pirates finished 12-11-1 overall and tied for third in the Tri-County Conference with Osage at 4-3, Sprigg said the girls definitely had their ups and down this season.
“My goal was to be over .500 and that is where we landed,” Sprigg said. “As for the conference, the TCC was new for us this year and I knew getting into it was going to be tough for the girls, but I was excited for something new. Blair Oaks, California, Southern Boone and Osage are your strong and solid teams in the TCC. The other teams seemed to be down this year, but they have great programs and I can see them being just as strong in the years to come.”
Although Brownfield still has three years to make her mark on the program, Smith left her mark on opponents while finishing with a team-high 223 kills on 515 attack attempts along with 75 blocks. She also closed out the season with 141 digs, 94 service points with 17 aces and five assists.
Sprigg said Smith was a great asset to the team.
“When finding out that she was transferring here, I knew that our team was going to be successful,” Sprigg said. “She is an outstanding volleyball player and I wish I could have coached her for more than one year. This was her first year playing in the back row and I thought she did an outstanding job on defense and serve receive. She was a solid key to our team and there were not many girls that could stop her at the net. She led our team in kills and blocks, which isn’t hard to believe when you see her jump at the net and get to the ball. You can tell that this kid has been playing volleyball for many years, she is very smart on the floor and knows where to be at all times.
“When she was on, there was no one that could stop her. Offensively she did a fantastic job at placing the ball to the open area on the floor, which is a true good hitter. She deserves to be all conference and district this year as it showed on the court.  Her talent really helped us out this year and I cannot be thankful enough. She will be truly missed next year, but I am excited to see her play at the next level.”
As for Brownfield, she also perfected the setter’s position this past season for Boonville while leading the team with 410 assists along with 145 service points. Brownfield also had 173 digs for second on the team not to mention 27 aces, 15 blocks and eight kills on 131 attack attempts.
Sprigg said Brownfield was a true leader on the floor this year.
“Addison came in as a freshman earning a varsity spot quickly as I could see her athleticism on the floor,” Sprigg said. “I knew that she had the talent that we needed on our team, but she also showed me that she was mature enough to play and earn a starting spot. Addison is the type of kid that is going to do what I ask and play in the position I need her to be in. She is one that can play all the way around and in any position that needs to be filled. I started her off running a 6-2 and playing outside hitter, but that changed quickly as she ran the offense for the team running a 5-1.
“She led the team in assists and was up there in digs as well. She was all over the floor getting to balls so we could run an offense. She did a great job at feeding the ball to our hitters to score. She is another smart player and has so much potential, which is going to be helpful for our teams in the future. Addison does not like to lose and always finds a way to get the team up and where they need to be. As a freshman that is a hard job to do, but she never gave up on her team or let them down. She was voted all conference and district, which was much deserved. She has a lot of time ahead of her to prepare for upcoming seasons and I am excited to see what these next couple of years bring with Addison on the floor.”
In the final team standings in the Tri-County Conference, Blair Oaks finished undefeated in seven matches. California finished second at 6-1, followed by Boonville and Osage each at 4-3, Southern Boone at 3-4, Eldon at 2-5 and Versailles and Hallsville each at 1-6.