While it didn’t end with a victory, Borgia boys volleyball Head Coach John Nieder saw positives in Tuesday’s 25-11, 25-21 opening loss to Bishop DuBourg, last year’s Class 3 state runner-up.
“It was a tough draw for the first match of the year to play a good team like DuBourg,” Nieder said. “They just came off a three-game loss to Ft. Zumwalt South last night, last year’s Class 3 state champion, so we knew they were going to be a team to reckon with and give us a chance to see where we stand at this point.”
Borgia was led offensively by junior Korey Fumagalli, who ended with six kills.
Sophomore Jacob Maune posted five kills. Senior Alex Blechle ended with four kills while sophomore Nathan Bargen recorded two kills and junior Po Chun Huang added one kill.
Blechle fed the hitters nine assists while Huang added eight.
Maune and Fumagalli each recorded 12 digs. Junior Jimmy Pak contributed six digs. Blechle, Bargen and Huang posted five digs apiece.
“A lot of the kids haven’t played before,” Nieder said. “The first time out you saw the jitters tonight. After that first game, we talked about things and they decided to come out and play. They relaxed. If they can do that, play scrappy and relax, there’s a chance you’re going to win the next point. That’s the way they played the second game.”
Borgia played close with DuBourg in the first game for the first five points. Then, the Cavaliers went on a morale-breaking run which ended up securing the margin for victory.
In the second game, Borgia fought hard and was able to stay with DuBourg for much of the contest. This time, the point streaks for the Cavaliers were fewer and smaller, but DuBourg still managed to earn the victory.
“We’re definitely a small team,” Nieder said. “I’ve never had a team where I’ve single blocked out of the middle, but this is one of those exceptions. We adjusted well to accommodate that. We’ve got to be more aggressive digging to make up for the lack of blocking.”