LEBANON — The Western Boone volleyball team got off to a bit of a slow start Monday evening when they traveled to county rival Lebanon.
After two close sets were split to have it tied 1-1, Western Boone dominated the last two to come away with a 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 25-15, 25-15) win over the Tigers.
“We that just because it was Lebanon and an important match, that didn’t mean we couldn’t come out and play confident,” Western Boone head coach Laura Lawson said. “Lebanon played great in the first two sets, and we were a little hesitant. After that, we picked up the pace and that was the difference.”
Tiger head coach Mark St. Martin said the Tigers got away from what they had done well in the first two sets.
“We got away from our offense that was working – feeding our middles,” St. Martin said. “It just got away from us. We had a great bounce back in the second set, and I thought we were going to have the fight tonight. The third set has been our nemesis and that showed again tonight.”
The Tigers had a five-point lead early in the first set, but Western Boone rallied to take it 25-22.
Lebanon then jumped out in front in the second, leading 15-7, but Western Boone went on a 9-0 run to take a 16-15 lead.
The Tigers re-established a lead at 22-19, and although Western Boone got as close as 24-23, the Tigers finished off the set.
The third set was tied at 5 when the Stars took control. They built the lead up to 14-7 and although the Tigers closed within 14-13, Western Boone countered with an 11-2 run to end the set.
Set four was never close, with Western Boone jumping out 6-1 and never leading by less than three.
“Our defense definitely picked it up a little more and our serve receive was more consistent,” Lawson said. “We were able to run a quicker offense and we were more unpredictable.”
Maddie Hawkins led the Stars with 25 digs on defense, giving her 981 in her careeer.
“She is playing really well,” Lawson said. “She isn’t hesitating for any balls. She has that libero jersey on for a reason, and we tell her that any ball is her unless someone calls her off.”
Maddie Holubik added 12 digs, while Marli Ransom and Holly Thompson each had 11.
Kendal Ramey led the Stars with 15 kills, with Tori Wilkinson having 15 and Alyssa Wethington adding seven.
“I loved the way we spread the ball around,” Lawson said. “Kendal Ramey has really stepped up the last few matches and is being really smart with the ball. She was hitting a lot to the weaker spots in the defense.”
Holly Thompson had 27 assists, with Elena Gubera adding 15.
For Lebanon, Jackie Terrill led the team with 11 kills.
“I think her confidence is growing,” St. Martin said. “There haven’t been many teams we have played so far this year that have a middle better than her. I hope she gets some votes for all-conference. Her numbers may not show it, but she puts the ball away when she has a chance.”