After Booneville eased to wins over Lincoln and Clarksville, they faced a grudge match against Paris during last Saturday’s volleyball quadmatches at Bearcat Gym.
And like last week, they split the first two games and Booneville fell behind by a bunch in game three. But this time there would be no comeback as the Lady Eagles finished off the third game and also won game four to take the match.
Serving accuracy was key all day. The Lady Cats served at over 95 percent with four players — Whitney Weaver, Jaycie Rodatz, Ashdon Ross and Hannah McClung — all serving 20 times or more without a miss. Those four are all serving better than 97 percent for the season, with Weaver at over 99 percent.
A big match awaits next Tuesday as Booneville travels to Waldron to try to get their first-ever win over the Lady Bulldogs, but first they need to focus on beating Malvern at home tomorrow.
Lady Cats def. Lincoln
(25-11, 25-9, 25-22)
After a bit of a slow beginning, the Lady Cats got untracked when Ashdon Ross hit the serve line. Booneville get 10 points off the sophomore’s serve, with Ross accounting for three aces and Taylor Bauer throwing in a kill. The power game then really started to click as Raylynn Scott smashed three down and Whitney Weaver and Alyssa Adair got one each before Ross smacked a fierce kill to take the game. Weaver added three kills early in the second game as the Lady Cats dominated. Booneville got six aces from six different players, the last by Loran Lopez giving Booneville game point, which they got on a Lady Wolf error.
Lincoln played better in the third game as the Lady Cats had trouble closing them out. Again, six different players had aces but LHS used a six-point run to get back into the game. They got within 21-20 before Scott tipped the ball past a Lincoln block and followed with an ace. After a side-out, Hiley Sage Catlett finished it off with an unreturnable jump serve.
Ross hit all 21 of her serves in with five aces and added 13 digs. Weaver and Scott each had five kills with the latter also getting four aces while Hannah McClung was 20 for 22 on digs.
Lady Cats def. Clarksville
(25-15, 25-13, 25-9)
Again Booneville started slowly but a Grace Farmer kill and an Ashdon Ross ace put BHS in control. A second kill by Farmer knotted the score at 11, after which the Lady Cats outscored CHS 14-4 the rest of the game. Two kills by Scott and one each by Ross and Hiley Sage Catlett preceded a push and a spike from the back row by Hannah McClung. Catlett followed with two aces and Farmer finished it off with a block.
The second game saw the Lady Cats fly out of the gate and lead 9-4. Whitney Weaver served up a pair of aces while Ross and Scott racked up kills in the run. Another Catlett ace preceded kills by Taylor Bauer and Farmer and a rejection by Farmer. Later, McClung would add two aces and Nicole Wallace made the most of her only touch of the match, getting a dig behind a Booneville block which was then converted into a Catlett kill. Another spike by the senior resulted in game point which came on a Lady Panther error.
The Lady Cats did not permit Clarksville to hold serve in the third game, and Booneville racked up eight aces. The decisive run came when Weaver, on Ross’s serve, had a kill which was followed by an ace from Ross. Catlett added a kill, McClung an ace and then Weaver got a spike and two aces. After Scott served her third ace she gave over the serve to Ashlie Powell, who followed suit, and a CHS mistake ended the match.
Catlett had six kills and four aces while Weaver hit for six aces. In all, the Lady Cats burned Clarksville for 17 unreturnable serves and 19 kills. Jaycie Rodatz set them up well with nine assists while McClung again had 20 digs.
Paris def. Lady Cats
(25-18, 12-25, 25-10, 25-13)
The Lady Cats couldn’t have started better as two kills by Whitney Weaver, one by Hiley Sage Catlett and a Raylynn Scott block had BHS in front 5-1. But Paris later scored five points in a row to tie it up at 9. Booneville got back in front on a Taylor Bauer kill and an Ashdon Ross ace but Paris recovered to take the lead, then scored seven of the last eight points to win the game.
But the Lady Cats recovered nicely in the second game as Weaver and Scott combined on a block to get things started and then Jaycie Rodatz dropped an ace just over the Paris side of the net. Scott followed with two kills and Grace Farmer added another for a 12-5 lead. Ross then got a kill and a block, then Bauer and Catlett followed suit. Bauer would add another kill and a frustrated Paris team committed two errors to hand BHS the game.
The Lady Eagles blew the third game open early, going out to a 14-5 lead before Scott halted the bleeding with a kill. However, that was all that Booneville could muster as Paris would not allow a big comeback as in last week’s match. PHS jumped out 5-1 in the fourth game; Booneville managed to draw within 6-4 on a Catlett kill and Farmer also got hot, getting three kills in the game. But they were in vain as Paris ran off the last six points of the match.
Scott, Farmer and Bauer each had four kills for the Lady Cats while Rodatz turned in 10 assists. Hannah McClung did yeoman’s work as the libero, going 37 for 48 on dig attempts.