Booneville and Hackett had a hard-hitting volleyball battle last Monday night, in which a player from each team scored 20 kills. Hackett led 2-1 in games, but Aleeah Blansett ripped her 20th kill to put Booneville up 23-22 in game four. Hackett then got a side-out and scored another point, then the Lady Hornets’ Rain Vaughn went after her 20th. Her hit appeared to be a foot long and the line judge called it out but it was overruled by the referee, giving Hackett the match on a night where that point was not the only decision called into question.
After a loss to Paris the next night Booneville looked to regroup against West Fork on Thursday. The Lady Tigers made Booneville work for the first two games, but BHS took charge early in game three and claimed the sweep (25-19, 25-22, 25-11).
The second half of the conference season starts tomorrow as Booneville seeks to avenge an early-season loss to Charleston.
Hackett def. LadyCats (25-12, 21-25, 25-21, 25-23)
The Lady Hornets took control early, leading 8-3 before Aleeah Blansett finally got Booneville rolling a bit. She had three kills in the early going, but Hackett had stretched their lead to 16-5 before she got that third kill. The Lady Hornets then pushed on to the first-game win. Booneville pushed right back in the second game, with an ace by Maddie Herrera and four Taylor Miller kills giving the LadyCats a 10-5 lead. They kept the pressure up behind a Blansett kill and a spike and two aces from Brooklyn Zarlingo for 16-8. Hackett made a rally to get within striking distance, but after an ace by Emily Nelson, Blansett emphatically put one away to even the match.
The LadyCats were away quickly in the third game as well with Blansett getting a block and a kill and Miller adding another spike for 4-0. Later, Zarlingo got a kill to make it 9-6 and Blansett followed with two more in short order. The 6-0 senior continued to be a force, getting a block for 13-8, but Hackett rallied to take the lead before Miller got a kill. Stevey Harrower then served an ace to tie it and an Emma Ramey block and kill knotted it at 18. Blansett then ripped another spike off the shoulder of a Hackett player, but the referee ruled no tip and awarded the point to Hackett. Ramey forced a side-out with another kill, but Hackett then went on a 6-2 run for the game.
Hackett led early in the third game and benefitted from another call when a Zarlingo hit that appeared to be tipped out was ruled not to have been touched. She did get two that counted, but by then Hackett was up 12-6. Blansett then set herself to task again throwing down three kills to add to a Ramey ace to tie the game. She then got another and Miller added one, but Hackett went back up by three as Rain Vaughn was having her own career match for the Lady Hornets. Another Blansett spike made it 17-14 and Miller rocked the ball twice to even it up. HHS then led 22-19 before Blansett rang up kills 19 and 20 either side of a Ramey ace for a 23-22 lead. But then Hackett forced a side out and after a BHS hitting error, Vaughn went after her 20th kill in the back left corner. It appeared to sail a foot out and the line judge called it that way but the referee overruled it, giving Hackett the match.
Blansett smashed 20 kills, one short of Jordan Weaver’s record, and had 21 digs; Miller added 10 kills, and Zarlingo scored with nine kills and got 21 digs. Herrera had 30 assists.
Paris def. LadyCats (25-10, 25-15, 25-10)
The Lady Eagles scored the first 16 points of the match, combining emphatic kills and Booneville errors. Aleeah Blansett finally got Booneville on the board with a kill and Taylor Miller added another. Blansett would add two more kills and a block by the end of the game but it was an easy PHS win. Paris also took a good lead in the second game but Booneville fought back as a Brooklyn Zarlingo kill and two from Blansett combined with an Emily Nelson ace got the LadyCats within 12-10. But, despite two more Blansett kills, Paris went on a 13-5 blitz to close out game two.
Blansett got two early kills in the third game as the LadyCats took a short-lived lead, but they gave up an 8-0 run and PHS was once again in charge. it later became 21-6 and Paris coasted from theere. But they could not slow Blansett down; she still had 11 kills and only missed one of her 14 attacks.
LadyCats def. West Fork (25-19, 25-22, 25-11)
Booneville was off and running early as Aleeah Blansett’s kill and Brooklyn Zarlingo’s ace helped the LadyCats to an early 8-2 lead. But they gave all of it back before Emma Ramey’s kill restored order. Zarlingo and Kelsey Mikles followed suit and Blansett unloaded two more for 18-13. Taylor Miller then followed a kill with an ace and after Ramey forced a side-out, Blansett finished the game with a kill.
She also started the second game hot with three kills and Maddie Herrera added an ace for 4-0. But WF soon made a rally to tie things at 7 before Miller served another ace. But it was not until the middle of the game that BHS pulled out a run and again it was Blansett, but this time with her serve as she dropped in two aces. Mikles, Ramey and Miller each added a kill in the seven-point run that made it 19-12. WF attempted a comeback, but Zarlingo scored with two kills and Herrera dropped two into the middle for the game.
In the third game, it was Miller who got things going with three early kills; Blansett added a block for 8-1 and Herrera then dropped another finesse shot down, followed by a Zarlingo spike to make it 14-5. Later, Zarlingo served two aces against a by-then demoralized Lady Tiger defense and Blansett and Miller followed with kills, then Blansett ended things with an emphatic spike to the right corner. Blansett finished with 11 kills; Miller added nine and Zarlingo five, and Herrera got four dump shots to go with 30 assists.