The Booneville volleyball team, after easing to a win against Charleston last Tuesday, faced their Logan County rivals the Paris Lady Eagles two days later. After a close first set won by Paris, it was hoped that the LadyCats would grab control of the second set and make for a long night of volleyball at Bearcat Gym.
But Paris would have none of that, getting several scoring runs in that set to take control, and eventually the visitors would claim the win in three straight games to remain unbeaten (14-0, 5-0).
The varsity girls (8-3, 3-1) will not see action again until next Tuesday, when they travel to Waldron to finish off the first half of the conference schedule. However, volleyball will be played at Bearcat Gym on Monday as the LadyCat JV team will take on a first-year program in Dover.
LadyCats def. Charleston (25-19, 25-11, 25-11)
With a win over Mena under their belts, the Lady Tigers were not to be taken lightly and Booneville most certainly didn’t. A power surge by Jordan Weaver and Aleeah Blansett in which each had two kills made it 7-4 after CHS had taken a short-lived lead. Later, Haley Carter put two down to help Booneville to a 6-point run, but Charleston countered that immediately to tie it at 16. They also had it at 17-17 and 18-18 but Weaver had two more kills, Paisley Templeman another, and Blansett finished the first game with a block.
It was 6-1 LadyCats before Charleston knew what hit them in the second set. Haley Simpson had two kills and Templeman contributed an ace to the early blitz. A Carter kill sent her to the serve line and two Macy Geddes kills and one by Blansett gave BHS a six-point run. Eventually the lead grew to 18-4 on kills by Weaver and Haley Simpson. Simpson would have two more kills, as would Carter, and the game ended with Geddes’ 200th career kill and a Carter ace serve.
As has been usual lately, Maddie Herrera had her setting on point as Carter had two early kills in game three; Blansett had another and Weaver registered a kill and a block. Carter hammered another one down for 10-4 and Blansett had back-to-back aces on her serve as BHS continued to pull away (14-6). Carter got two more kills and Templeman served another ace; after Weaver nailed down another kill to get Carter back to serve, the Booneville middle served once then was replaced with Mariah Frost, who promptly got in on the action with an ace. The match also ended with an ace, this time by Geddes.
Carter scored with 12 kills, with Weaver and Blansett each throwing down seven times. Herrera had 30 assists, her third match with 30 or more, and Templeman got 21 digs with Blansett adding 14 as the LadyCats dug 77 percent.
Paris def. LadyCats (25-22, 25-14, 25-11)
The LadyCats quickly led 3-0 on two hitting errors by PHS and a Haley Carter kill. It became 6-2 before the Lady Eagles tallied five in a row. But Booneville regained the lead as Maddie Herrera served an ace to make it 11-9, but Paris then went on an 8-2 run to take the lead back. But Carter rejected Ryliegh Hardwicke’s kill, then served two aces to tie it at 17. Booneville then took a 20-19 lead when Weaver made a kill, then served an ace, but Paris came back to win that game.
Carter had two kills early in game two with Macy Geddes and Paisley Templeman getting one each, but the Lady Cats found themselves down 10-6, then 15-7. BHS cut it to five on Templeman’s serve but before Carter got another kill, Paris had made it 18-11. Booneville cut it to 19-14, but Paris scored the last six.
The Lady Eagles also grabbed the first five points of game three and Booneville was unable to hold their serve, with the result that it became 20-7. It was damage control from that point; Carter unleashed her 100th kill of the season late in the game, but that was all a matter of statistics as Paris eased to the win.
Carter wound up with 10 kills and two aces on the night, while Templeman registered 21 digs and Herrera notched career assist number 500. But in the end the LadyCats had no answer for the tandem of Hardwicke and Brynn Simmons, who combined for 21 kills.