Senior outside hitter Jaycie Jenkins recorded her 1,000th career dig during the third set. Needing 11 to reach the mark entering the match, she finished with 18 and added 12 kills and three blocks.
“There’s not enough that I can say about these seniors,” Boone coach Chelsea Baker said. “They have been great leaders and I can always count on them to do the right thing on and off the court. They guide and lead our underclassmen even when I’m not there. I can always count on all five of them.”
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The Lady Trailblazers also got a big night from junior setter McKenna Dietz, who totaled 41 assists, 14 digs, two blocks, two kills and six aces. There were four separate instances where Boone got on a run of at least seven points with Dietz serving.
“(McKenna) can really do anything she wants with the ball at the service line,” Baker said.
“She can short it, deep it, float it, put topspin on it. She is a good all-around server. I don’t even have to tell her where to put it because she already knows where to go,” Baker noted.
Middle blocker Greyson Stevens finished with nine kills and five blocks, and fellow senior Mackenzie Sweigart capped her night with nine kills and 13 digs.
Senior libero Laken Jones contributed 12 digs, Riley Brinn had eight kills and four digs, and Dannah Persinger accounted for five kills, three digs and four aces for Boone.
“Our girls came out positive and had some energy,” Baker said. “It looked good for the first two sets, but that third game, Central took control and that was really good by them.”
The Lady Cougars had a tough time receiving the serve all night, and Boone finished with 14 aces.
“Serve-receive was definitely our thorn in the side tonight,” Central head coach Logan Kemp said. “There were a lot of positives that we can take from this. Boone is a good team and they have a quality offense with quality players. We had some good defensive positioning and we could have easily let them take it in three. I was proud of my girls for not giving up.”
Elaina Vaughn had a solid night for Central with eight kills, four blocks and one ace. Taylor Wilson had eight kills, and Cassadi Cotter and Chloe Ragan each added four. Parker Hurd led the defense with 15 digs, and Laiken Hoback recorded 26 assists.
Boone visits Science Hill on Tuesday for the Big 6 Conference finale.
Central returns to action Thursday at Sullivan East.