In the first two games of Booneville’s benefit volleyball match at West Fork last Thursday, the LadyCats got on a bit of a run and West Fork called time out. Booneville coach Candy Goff had a message during each break: “Finish”.
And the team followed through, ending the first game on a 12-0 run and the second on a 13-1 blitz, and when Haley Carter scored the first four points of the third game on kills the starch seemingly went out of the Lady Tigers. The LadyCats went on to the win (25-9, 25-14, 25-16). While the match doesn’t count in the standings, it was a good measuring stick to see progress that the team has made.
One big reason was that Booneville was almost perfect on attacks. The LadyCats took 70 swings in the three games and had only three errors against 40 kills. That translates to an attack efficiency of 96 percent and a .529 kill percent. To put that in perspective, a kill percent over .200 is considered excellent at high school level.
To do that, a team’s sets have to be on and Maddie Herrera’s were on the spot 84 percent of the time. The LadyCats also got a number of kills on overpasses by West Fork.
Booneville will be very busy in the upcoming week, with a home match against Hackett tomorrow, followed by the Mena tournament on Saturday. Mulberry visits Bearcat Gym on Monday before Booneville returns to Mena the next night for a key match.
LadyCats def. West Fork (25-9, 25-14, 25-16)
Haley Carter opened the scoring with a kill and Maddie Herrera followed with consecutive aces; WF got back into it but a Macy Geddes kill put the left-hander on the serve line. Aleeah Blansett scored on the next point and a Geddes ace made it 10-6. After the teams split the next six points, Blansett headed to the serve line and never yielded it. The 6-foot junior served five aces in the run, with Carter adding four kills and Haley Simpson one. One of Blansett’s aces came on game point.
West Fork kept the second game close for a while, and in fact enjoyed a 13-12 lead midway through. Carter evened the score with a kill and Kate FitzPatrick served an ace; following a side-out the LadyCats went on a power display. Jordan Weaver had three kills with Blansett and Geddes getting two each, with Paisley Templeman serving an ace as well. It was Geddes who ended the second game with a spike.
Carter opened the third game by putting away a kill, then West Fork had three straight overpasses that were put away by the 6-1 senior. WF had one last rally but Geddes took care of that, getting two kills—one from the back row—and an ace to make it 10-6. Following a side out BHS opened it up, getting a 7-0 blitz on Weaver’s serve including an ace. Blansett scored four straight points in the run on three kills and a block. She would add another kill and an ace, and Emma Ramey also got a spike for 21-8. Booneville then put their JV in to close out the match.
Carter finished with 12 kills, with Blansett connecting with nine while also getting six aces and five blocks. Geddes had seven kills and Weaver six; all of those players had kill percentages of .500 or over. Herrera had 25 assists and Templeman 21 digs, with senior defensive specialists Casey Townsend and Mariah Frost each enjoying a good match as well.