Boone Central/Newman Grove competed hard and well in the 2012 Mid-State Conference Volleyball Tournament this past week, but came up just short of claiming fifth place in a thriller at Pierce Friday.
BC/NG pushed the host Bluejays to the max before dropping a five-set decision and finishing the annual tournament with a 2-2 record.
Boone Central/Newman Grove (11-13) had a long tournament road to travel against tough Mid-State competition. The Lady Cardinals opened with a 25-22, 25-17, 25-10 victory over O’Neill (2-23) in a bracket play-in game Monday, Oct. 22, then were defeated 25-20, 25-19, 25-21 by Class C1 #4 Norfolk Catholic (25-2) in a first-round contest.
“We did well in serve receive all night and really executed our offense well,” commented BC/NG Coach Susan Roberts. “We were in control the entire match against O’Neill and had our most competitive game to date against Norfolk Catholic.”
The Cardinals used a balanced attack to thwart O’Neill. Emily Strong, Jade Gottier and Marissa Beierman all smacked nine kills for BC/NG and Darienne Pokorny recorded eight.
In a strong effort vs. Norfolk Catholic, Kaitlyn Stuhr registered 17 assists as Gottier slammed seven kills and Dana Pelster five.
Boone Central/Newman Grove stayed alive in the tournament Tuesday, Oct. 23, with a hard-fought victory over Wayne (14-15).
The Lady Cards battled back gamely after dropping the first two sets to earn a 15-25, 25-27, 25-23, 25-18, 15-11 triumph and advance to Friday’s fifth-place match.
“We came out slow to start, but gradually got our game going, building some momentum,” Roberts said. “We started executing better and playing with more intensity in set two.
“We got down again in the third set, but I felt we then got mentally tough, made adjustments to get our offense going and were able to come from behind and win.”
Pokorny led the Cards at the net with 18 kills. Gottier added 14 kills in the contest and Pelster had 11 kills and three solo blocks. Stuhr directed the attack with 53 assists.
Boone Central/Newman Grove concluded Mid-State play with another marathon Friday, but this time came up a few crucial points shy in a 23-25, 25-23, 25-21, 14-25, 9-15 loss to Pierce (19-11).
Gottier led a balanced Cardinal attack with 16 kills and got plenty of help from Pokorny (11), Beierman (11), Strong (6) and Pelster (6).
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