Booneville’s volleyball team made the trek to Northwest Arkansas to play benefit matches at Rogers High School last Friday. The Lady Cats split two games with Paris (25-19, 24-26) and lost two very close ones to the host Lady Mounties (26-24, 25-23). The Lady Cats had Rogers down late in both games but couldn’t hold on.

"We played very well," said Coach Robert Dean. "But we are going to have to learn how to close people out."

The Lady Cats host Union Christian tomorrow and play Lavaca, also at Bearcat Gym, next Tuesday.

Booneville jumped to a quick 9-2 lead over Paris in the first game, getting kills from Grace Farmer and Hiley Sage Catlett. After Paris rallied to within two, Taylor Bauer came up with two kills and Whitney Weaver added another, and Catlett’s second block of the game set up the winning three-point run.

Paris took the lead in game two but the Lady Cats got a Catlett ace and an Ashdon Ross kill to get back into it. A Catlett spike tied it at 12 and Weaver ran off four in a row, the last an ace, for a four-point lead. Two more Weaver kills set up game point at 24-20, but the Lady Eagles ran off the next six points to take the game.

Bauer had four kills and Weaver added three; the latter also went 12-for-12 from the serve line. Catlett had three blocks with Ross and Raylynn Scott adding two each, while Hannah McClung went 13-for-13 in digs.

After this, the two teams played a game to 15 using a mix of starters and JV players. Booneville fell down 5-0 in that one but Breanna Ross had a kill and two aces to bring the Lady Cats back to 13-11. However, Booneville could not complete the comeback.

Rogers got an early run in the first of their two games to lead 10-5. But Bauer smacked two kills and Weaver added another to get the Lady Cats back in business. A run of four on Bauer’s serve, capped by an ace, put BHS on top 14-12. Aces by Catlett and Scott and kills by McClung and Weaver kept the pressure on, but the Lady Mounties then fought back to win the first game.

It was the Lady Cats who jumped all over Rogers in the second game. After a side-out, Catlett’s kill started a six-point run on Bauer’s serve. The power game of Catlett kept Rogers at bay as the senior recorded six kills in the game. The Lady Cats led 18-12 before Rogers began a comeback. Still, the Lady Cats led 23-20 after a Scott kill, but Rogers’ libero served two aces in a row and had a kill at game point to complete the Lady Mounties’ comeback.

Catlett had eight kills in all against Rogers as the Lady Cats recorded 16 spikes. Bauer put all 16 of her serves in; the junior attacked with 93 percent efficiency on the night. Three players—Bauer, Weaver and Ross—served the ball 10 times or more each with no misses, while McClung finished the night with an 82% dig percentage.