The Booneville volleyballers rolled to wins over Waldron and Mansfield last week, and during the victory over Mansfield two major milestones were passed.
Maddie Herrera, who had broken her own season assist record during the Waldron match, made it a clean sweep of the record book in that category when she set Haley Carter in the second set for her 585th career assist, passing Jaycie Rodatz’s mark. And while she was at it, she reset the single-match record for the third time this season; that mark now stands at 39.
Also in the second set, Paisley Templeman collected her 1,000th career dig, becoming only the third LadyCat to do so after Hannah McClung and Ashdon Ross.
The LadyCats (12-3, 8-1 conference) welcome their counterparts from Mena to Bearcat Gym tomorrow night, then play in a tournament at Hot Springs Lakeside on Saturday.
LadyCats def. Waldron (25-13, 25-22, 25-21)
Haley Carter came out of the gate making kills left and right; midway through the first game the senior had five kills and Booneville led 16-6. Later, Jordan Weaver would be instrumental in sewing up the first game; she and Aleeah Blansett combined on a pair of blocks, then made a kill to send her to the service line where she ripped an ace for the game.
Waldron made it tougher on the LadyCats the rest of the way. The Lady Bulldogs led at several points in the second set but a Macy Geddes kill, an ace and kill by Paisley Templeman and a Blansett spike got Booneville up 10-7. Carter then bombed three more kills and Haley Simpson did the same for 18-14. Waldron still did not go away, getting within 23-22, but again it ended when Weaver got a kill to get her to the serve line and then Blansett ended it with a kill.
A Weaver kill and a Maddie Herrera ace started Booneville off well in the third set but Waldron came back to tie it. However, Weaver’s serve proved to be a turning point once more; thanks to two kills by Simpson, one by Carter and a Weaver ace, the LadyCats looked to take control at 17-8. But back came the Lady Bulldogs again to narrow the lead to three; however Booneville was not to be denied. Carter, who had struggled for much of the third set, got it back just in time, scoring with a dink at the net and then a powerful kill to end it.
Carter had a career-high 18 kills and Simpson added six, while Blansett got five kills and four blocks. Herrera came up with 26 assists and the LadyCats also got some kills off of bad Waldron digs.
LadyCats def. Mansfield (25-14, 25-13, 25-19)
Booneville hit Mansfield with a power display right off the bat as Haley Carter got two kills and a block, Jordan Weaver got a spike and Maddie Herrera added an ace for a 5-0 start. The Lady Tigers came right back to tie it but then Aleeah Blansett took over. The 6-foot junior scored five kills and a block in the space of seven points, leaving Booneville ahead 15-9. Macy Geddes added a pair of kills, setting up the end when Weaver served an ace and Blansett finished it with a kill.
The LadyCats were quickly out 7-1 in the second game, with Weaver and Carter getting spikes and Geddes serving an ace. Mansfield closed the gap, but Booneville once again made a run to make it 14-6. Carter then took over the last half of the second game, getting four kills. The last one made it 22-13, and after two Mansfield errors a Haley Simpson kill gave BHS the second game.
Simpson had three kills early in the third set, then Paisley Templeman came up with a back-row attack for a point to make it 10-5. The Lady Tigers swiftly tied the score, then after Booneville pulled ahead again with three kills by Carter, Mansfield again came off the deck and took an 18-16 lead forcing BHS coach Candy Goff into a timeout. Whatever she said got Booneville rolling as a Simpson kill started a game-ending 9-1 run. Blansett followed that with two kills, Herrera dropped one into the middle and Templeman served an ace for 23-18. A Mansfield hitting error made it official.
Blansett had an outstanding match, with 13 kills, eight blocks and 12 digs. Carter came up with 12 kills as they and others took advantage of Herrera’s setting which was on point 39 times. Templeman got 34 digs, missing only three, and Emma Ramey came off the bench to dig for Carter and came up with 11 digs against only two errors.