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Boone closes out Central in four on senior night

Tanner Cook • Updated Sep 30, 2019 at 10:07 PM

The Daniel Boone volleyball team sent out its seniors in style Monday night inside Bobby Snyder Gymnasium with a four-set win over non-conference opponent Sullivan Central, 25-13, 25-17, 23-25 and 25-13. 

During the third set, senior outside hitter Jaycie Jenkins recorded her 1,000th career dig. She was in need of 11 coming into the contest to reach the mark and she finished with 18 along with 12 kills and three blocks. 

“There’s not enough that I can say about these seniors,” Boone (24-4) head 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.”

The Lady Trailblazers also got a big night from junior setter McKenna Dietz, who finished with 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 top spin 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.”

Senior middle blocker Greyson Stevens finished with nine kills and five blocks, and fellow senior Mackenzie Sweigart capped off her night with nine kills and 13 digs. 

Other numbers for Boone included senior libero Laken Jones having 12 digs and Riley Brinn contributing eight kills and four digs. Dannah Persinger accounted for five kills, three digs and four aces. 

“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 (15-11) had a tough time receiving the serve all night and it showed as 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, finishing with eight kills, four blocks and one ace. Cassadi Cotter and Chloe Ragan each had four kills while Taylor Wilson had eight. 

Parker Hurd led the defense with 15 digs and Laiken Hoback had 26 assists. 

Boone will travel to Science Hill for the Big 6 finale at 6 p.m. Tuesday. They can secure a share of the conference title for the first time since 1995.

Central will be back in action Thursday at Sullivan East. 

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