Home sweet home turned a little sour for Hickman’s volleyball team.
After winning its first two games of the season on the road, coach Greg Gunn said he thought his team was too tense while playing its first home match.
The Kewpies fell in three games 22-25, 25-23, 21-25 to Boonville on Tuesday.
Junior Bess Frissell said though she enjoys home games, she thinks the team has a better chance to develop as a team on the road.
“They just seem more fun,” she said. “On the bus rides we get to talk and bond more than at home games.”
The Kewpies’ biggest challenge on the court was stopping Booneville junior middle-blocker Brittney Herzog. She led the Pirates in kills, including three straight to open a 14-10 lead on Hickman in the first game that would hold throughout the first game.
Gunn said the team was aware of Herzog’s ability to dominate because many players have played with her on club teams.
“We try not to let it influence us,” junior Kendra Williams said. “We just have to jump higher, play harder and play our own game.”
Williams delivered a kill that gave Hickman a 21-19 lead and started a 4-0 Kewpie run to secure a victory in the second game.
Hickman’s best efforts to contain Herzog and the rest of the Pirates were nullified when, in the third game, the Pirates scored four points in a row to break an 18-18 tie to put them on top for good.
Hickman’s two defensive specialists, senior Lindsey Fleming and Frissell, were busy all night trying to dig out the Pirates’ forceful spikes.
“Their hits were so hard and fast,” said Frissell. “You try to make as many digs as you can. I think Lindsey did a pretty good job but I realize I was out of position a lot.”