After a disheartening loss to Mena the Booneville senior volleyballers were faced with the same dilemma they encountered the previous week: a must-win match on the road. And they would be without All-State outside hitter Whitney Weaver for the match at Ashdown.
But there was no stopping the Lady Cats. Playing in Weaver’s spot, sophomore Alyssa Adair filled in quite nicely, scoring on six kills, and Hiley Sage Catlett ripped nine spikes and had 17 assists as Booneville got around Ashdown in four sets.
The Lady Cats also picked up a non-conference win over Jessieville earlier in the week, and they welcome Waldron to Bearcat Gym tomorrow night in a match that likely will decide second place in the 4A-West Conference.
Lady Cats def. Jessieville
(25-19, 25-9, 25-16)
Booneville used an early six-point run to take charge of the first set. Hiley Sage Catlett whacked two kills and Grace Farmer scored with a shoot to help BHS take an 11-7 lead. Jessieville rallied within two points but Farmer and Taylor Bauer rejected two Lady Lion kills in a row, sending the momentum back to Booneville as they went on to the first-game win.
A run of four points on Ashdon Ross’s serve combined with seven on Hannah McClung’s set the tone for a big Booneville win in game two. McClung had a pair of aces and Raylynn Scott scored on a kill to make it 22-7, and the Lady Cats cruised. Scott and Farmer had kills to start the third game on the right track, and the Lady Cats kept JHS at bay behind three kills by Bauer. A fourth spike by the junior made it 18-11 and Catlett finished the Lady Lions off with a big kill.
Bauer scored with five kills and two blocks for Booneville while Catlett picked up four spikes. Catlett and Jaycie Rodatz each had seven assists while McClung racked up 19 digs.
Mena def. Booneville
(25-17, 25-14, 25-6)
Two kills by Hiley Sage Catlett and one each from Taylor Bauer and Raylynn Scott kept BHS in the match early. Catlett’s second spike tied it at 7 and another from Whitney Weaver knotted it at 8. But Booneville would hold their serve only once the rest of the game and despite two more Catlett kills, Mena slowly took charge and won the first game.
Mena smacked BHS with the first eight points of the second game; Booneville was able to close within 12-7 when Catlett and Grace Farmer swatted an MHS kill back at them. But the Lady Cats in red and black again took charge, using a late four-point run to take command. In the third game, Scott nailed a kill to make it 3-2 but BHS would not threaten thereafter as Mena used two six-point runs and another of seven to put it out of reach. Catlett ended the night with five kills, and Hannah McClung converted 24 digs.
Lady Cats def. Ashdown
(21-25, 25-23, 25-16, 26-24)
An ace by Ashdon Ross put Booneville on top, but the first game went back and forth until the Pantherettes got a six-point run late to take control at 22-17. Booneville tried to reply as a back-row kill by Hannah McClung made it 24-21, but Ashdown then forced a side-out for the game.
The Lady Cats found themselves in a 15-8 hole midway through the second game but that changed when Hiley Sage Catlett hit the serve line. She got two kills from Raylynn Scott and another by Alyssa Adair to help her along, then she served up three consecutive aces. When Catlett had finished serving the Lady Cats had taken a two-point lead. Ashdown fought back to go up 22-21, but a Ross spike tied it up, one by Grace Farmer put BHS ahead and two from Catlett ended the game.
Game three was very even but again Ashdown couldn’t get a Lady Cat off the serve line in the middle of the match. This time it was Ross who had the run and she was aided by Taylor Bauer, who had two kills and a push. Ross also served three aces, and Bauer’s kill sent the teams to game four. The Pantherettes again had a lead in the fourth game but a push by Bauer put her on serve, where she promptly converted four points in a row including her first ace of the season. Scott, Adair, Catlett and McClung all had kills to hold AHS off, but the home side put on a fierce rally to tie the score at 24. But the Pantherettes then dumped two straight balls into the net and Booneville came away with the win.
Catlett finished the night with nine kills, four aces and 17 assists. Bauer put in seven kills, Adair six and Scott five. Jaycie Rodatz also had a good night setting with 13 assists and McClung had 35 digs. The sophomore is now within eight digs of the season record set by Tierra Rambo last year. The team finished with a record 38 kills on the night, going one past the effort against Marianna-Lee from the state tournament last year.