Following a very disheartening second game at Mena last Tuesday, Booneville’s junior volleyballers made amends at Mulberry last Thursday night, picking up their first win of the season in decisive fashion. The 25-6, 25-14 win hopefully got the Jr. LadyCats back on the right track.
Mena def. Booneville (25-19, 25-6)
Booneville grabbed the early advantage thanks to two Josie O’Bar aces and a Keara Ross kill. Mena came back to take the lead, but another O’Bar ace evened the score at 11. Hannah Gregory would add an ace to tie it up at 15, but Mena went on a 10-4 run at the end of the first game.
It was a nightmare in the second game for Booneville as nothing they did seemed to work. One miscue snowballed into several and BJH found themselves down 20-1 and left to play for nothing but pride. The Jr. LadyCats only got two kills in the match, from Ross and Jessica Parrish, as they again dug themselves a hole by only serving 73%.
Booneville def. Mulberry (25-6, 25-14)
A more focused Booneville squad made amends at Mulberry. Jessica Parrish started things with a kill, Josie O’Bar added an ace, and Hannah Gregory got a kill to start BJH on their way. After a side-out gave the Jr. LadyCats a 8-4 lead, Gregory took over from the serve line. The freshman rifled six aces past MJH before giving way to Sarah Grissom, who promptly added two more for 22-4. Karlee Benson got a kill and another O’Bar ace ended the first game.
The second game was tight until another serving run took the venom out of the Lady Yellowjackets. This time it was provided by Stevey Harrower, who served five aces in a nine-point run that also included kills by Gregory and Shelby Posey. That made it 14-6 and O’Bar added back-to-back kills after Mulberry had made up some ground. Parrish served three aces to set up match point, on which Mulberry hit the ball long. Booneville served 22 aces in all, led by Gregory with seven and Harrower with five, as Booneville was able to use all their players in both games.