BC volleyers open 2019 with split

Boone Central hit the road to score a comeback victory over West Point-Beemer in the 2019 season opener Tuesday, Sept. 3, before returning home to drop an agonizing five-set decision to O’Neill Thursday.
Following a sluggish start at West Point-Beemer, the Cardinals won a stirring second set that propelled them to an 18-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-17 victory.
“After a rough first set, the girls got their nerves out and started focusing on their game,” commented Card Coach Jordynn Luettel. “We were able to control the next three sets with consistent serve receive and by having girls step up on defense and at the net.
“We had attacks coming from numerous girls, which helped keep West Point-Beemer on their toes and push us to finish with a win.”
Boone Central opened Thursday’s match in strong fashion before the visiting O’Neill Eagles took flight and rallied for the five-set victory.
The Cardinals fought back from a 16-22 deficit to score an inspiring 25-22 victory in the first set, then took a 17-9 lead in the second set and held on for a 25-22 win. The hosts could not get the elusive third win in the match, however, as O’Neill rallied with 25-13, 25-12, 15-13 victories.
“Thursday was a tough match,” Luettel said. “O’Neill is a great team, and we knew coming in we were going to need to bring our ‘A’ game to compete with them.
“The girls showed a lot of heart and determination by coming back after being down in the first set. We struggled in the third and fourth sets with our serve receive and missed assignments. It was a difficult one to lose after coming out so strong, but it showed us some things we need to work on to take another step forward.”