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Boone girls avenge loss, down Crockett

On Thursday, the Daniel Boone Lady Blazers’ volleyball team played host to their biggest rival, the David Crockett Lady Pioneers, on the hardwood of Bobby Snyder Gymnasium — and vengeance was in the air.
As the freshman and junior varsity teams preceded the varsity game, anticipation of the main event heightened as if awaiting the arrival of two prizefighters.
After taking the court, the Lady Pioneers were first to score in game one of the best of five series. However, Boone’s Kristen Keithley was able to swing back the momentum early, controlling the net and at one point sending the home crowd in attendance to its feet with back-to-back deflections.
Despite four lead changes, the Lady Blazers’ power game around the net was too strong for the opposition, ending the game on an ace of the Pioneers, 25-16.
Game two started much the same as game one ended, with Boone jumping out to an early lead behind the sensational serving of one of the most intense players on the court, Lauren Trivett.
Crockett’s cool composure helped them catch up and take a 4-point lead midway through the contest. But the extreme intensity of the Blazers was not matched and they were able to prevail 25-21.
In game three, Boone was looking for the knockout and the sweep of their rival.
The Blazers jumped out to an early 6-1 lead behind the serves of Alicyn York. The errors begin to pile up for the Lady Pioneers and Boone continued to take advantage, running their lead to 12-5.
After a timeout, Crockett refused to go away, cutting the lead to three. Boone’s power game reemerged, dealing Crockett the knockout punch and winning the series in three games, 25-16.
Crockett head coach Amy Pleasant was not happy with the outcome, but stressed the importance of not giving up.
“We didn’t quit. I was very proud of the girls for that. They kept fighting back even after the losses in game one and two,” she said. “Our serves were unconfident and we definitely didn’t have our best night. Usually in this [sport] one team plays tight, or it is a dogfight. Tonight we played tight.”
Boone coach Janet Range was pleased with the win, especially after the team’s loss to Science Hill earlier in the week.
“We needed the win. It was a great win for us. We have struggled with confidence since last year and this was a big confidence boost for our girls,” Range said.
She acknowledged the intensity her team showed on the court.
“We are a very intense team; it is definitely something we stress in practice. The intensity on the court tonight shows that we haven’t forgotten [Crockett] beating us on our home court last year,” she said.
In the previous two contests of the evening the Daniel Boone freshman volleyball team defeated Crockett in a best of three series, 2-0 (25-20, 25-15). All was not spoiled for the Lady Pioneers as the junior varsity girls came away with a win in two close matches (25-22, 25-20).