The Booneville volleyball team had to regroup on Thursday night following a loss at Mena in which their offense was effectively shut down. A trip to Mulberry on Thursday proved to be the perfect tonic for the LadyCats as they buried the Lady Yellowjackets under a barrage of aces and kills.
Jordan Weaver and Abby Glass combined for 15 kills in the 25-14, 25-15, 25-10 win, but high praise came from coach Robert Dean for junior Casey Townsend. “I played her in all three positions (digger, setter and hitter) during the match and she did everything she was supposed to do.” Townsend provided four aces, four digs and four assists in the match.
The LadyCats finally have their home opener tomorrow night and it will be a big test as Paris—ranked #1 in Class 3A—will visit Booneville, who is ranked #3 in Class 4A. They continue the homestand next Tuesday as Lavaca visits Bearcat Gym.
Mena def. Booneville (25-12, 25-16, 25-12)
An ace by Maddie Herrera pulled BHS within 6-4 early but Mena responded with a 7-point run to take control of the first game. Booneville got only two kills in the first game—from Haley Simpson and Macy Geddes—as Mena used hard shoot attacks, mainly by setter Sealy Thigpen, to put Booneville off their game. BHS’s third kill of the match did not come until the second game as Jordan Weaver tied it at 4, and a spike by Melanie Hester put the purple and gold up 9-7. But BHS then ran into problems holding serve. Still they were within 19-16 until MHS scored the last six points of the second game.
Kills by Abby Glass and Weaver kept Booneville close early in game three and a Paisley Templeman ace made it 7-5. But Mena then went on a decisive 15-1 run to put the match away. BHS only had nine kills in the match, led by Geddes with three. AshLeah Craig turned in a good match defensively with 11 digs in 12 tries.
Booneville def. Mulberry (25-14, 25-15, 25-10)
The LadyCats managed to take care of business against a Mulberry team that showed marked improvement over their teams of the past few years. Jordan Weaver had three kills and AshLeah Craig two aces to get BHS off to a good start. The third of Weaver’s kills made it 12-5 and Abby Glass then got a kill and a block on consecutive points. The senior middle added another kill to make it 16-6 and a Casey Townsend ace added to the lead. Weaver and Glass brought it to game point with kills and MHS then put one into the net.
Booneville put on a power display early in the second game as kills by Macy Geddes and Weaver started it off, then Townsend ripped an ace. Another Weaver kill was followed by a block and spike by Aleeah Blansett, three more Craig aces and two Haley Simpson kills. That made it 14-6 and later Glass would add a pair of aces and Townsend another. Mulberry took an early 3-0 lead in the third game but another show of force ended the Lady Jackets’ chances. Blansett and Geddes got kills and Vallerie Griffiths scored with an ace and helped herself by dumping one in the middle. Later, Glass pounded two kills down for 15-9 and then the Lady Cats went on a 10-1 run to end it. Half the points came on Paisley Templeman aces, including one at match point to seal the win.
Weaver finished with eight kills and Glass added seven, while Templeman and Craig scored with five aces each and Townsend added four. Booneville peppered Mulberry with 19 aces and 29 total kills as setters Townsend, Griffiths and Maddie Herrera kept the hitters happy with sets right where they wanted them.