Hannibal earned a road sweep over Boonville 25-18, 25-10 to move to 6-3 on the season.
Hannibal volleyball coach Kelsey Whitley continues to be impressed by the strong team dynamic of her Lady Pirates this season.
On Tuesday night, Boonville learned all about it as well.
Hannibal earned a road sweep over its North Central Missouri Conference foe 25-18, 25-10 to move to 6-3 on the season.
“This group of girls has meshed so well,” Whitley said. “They’re coming out, they’re covering each other, they’re picking each other up. If one person is hanging their head, the other girls are stepping up around them.”
The visitors surged to an early lead in the first set, but the pesky Boonville squad continued to battle the reigning NCMC champions.
“There were some of the best rallies I have seen all season,” Whitley said. “Boonville did a phenomenal job picking up things we were putting down and answering back. There were a couple pretty good rallies where they came out on top. But we did a really nice job continuing to push and ultimately we controlled the game the whole time.”
Hannibal’s momentum only continued into the second set.
“We started out with lots of momentum from the first game and we did not let up at all,” the coach said of Game 2. “Our girls continued to play well and again I was able to get my bench in to give them playing time at the varsity level.”
On the night, Maddie Janes led with 12 digs on the night and also had five kills, while Kaylee Falconer dished out a match-high 15 assists. Kyler Rademan did it all for Hannibal with seven digs, seven assists and four kills. Front row forces Claire Thomas and Abby Baumann combined for 10 kills and five blocks.
Next up for Hannibal is a conference match at Kirksville on Thursday night.
“We’re packing in conference games, which keeps up accountable for what we’re doing and making sure we know we need to show up everyday ready to practice,” Whitley said. “Do it or don’t, it’s time to go.”
Hannibal JV heats up for win
The Hannibal junior varsity volleyball team didn’t have the picture-perfect start Tuesday at Boonville, but the Lady Pirates still got the desired result as they defeated Boonville in straight sets, 25-22, 25-17.
“We started really slow. We had a long bus ride here and it took us awhile to get started,” Whitley explained. “But they pulled through and were skilled enough to come back from the deficit that they had.”
Payton Frick and Dani Brown teamed up for 18 set assists. Hannah Miller provided four kills and six aces, while Emma Deien recorded six kills and four digs.
Freshman Allie Hull stepped up for the JV squad with eight digs and three kills.
“Allie has done a really nice job stepping into that defensive role,” lauded Whitley. “She communicates well, she moves well and she hustles to everything. I am really excited to see her grow the next four years.”