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Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013 5:30 pm

The learning process continues.

Borgia’s volleyball Knights, in their third season of competition, dropped two matches this week.

On Wednesday, Borgia (0-3) lost at Duchesne, 25-20. 25-10.

“We’re a long way from where we want to be playing,” Borgia Head Coach John Nieder said. “We knew coming into Duchesne that they were a good, established, solid program. We knew they were a .500-plus team which would give us a good fight.”

The Knights fell in three games Tuesday to Rockwood Summit’s junior varsity team, 25-21, 22-25, 25-21.

The Knights return to action next Thursday, visiting Seckman. That match is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.

Nieder is still trying to build the program. The Knights have just nine players on the roster this season, which means that Borgia fields a varsity team only.

“Tonight was the third lineup we’ve used,” Nieder said about the Duchesne match. “The kids are playing hard. They really are giving it a lot. I think we have a lot of potential before the year is over.”

Duchesne

Still in search of its first win, the Knights visited Archdiocesan Athletic Association foe Duchesne Wednesday afternoon.

After going to three games against Rockwood Summit’s JV squad the day before, and only losing by four points in the third game, Borgia came out with confidence.

After going ahead on a service error, the Knights made it 2-0.

But that’s where the momentum stopped.

Duchesne ripped off seven points in a row before senior Alex Blechle dumped the ball into an opening to stop the run.

“They had a little more firepower than I imagined they would,” Nieder said. “That gave us trouble starting the first match. We weren’t ready to block them like we were hoping.”

Borgia’s highlights early in the match were few and separated though.

Plagued by unforced errors and Duchesne plays, Borgia fell behind 17-7 before the Knights started to find themselves.

Junior Korey Fumagalli recorded an ace to bring the Knights back to within 10 points.

The Knights chopped bits and pieces off the lead. Sophomore Jacob Maune put down a tip to make it 19-13. The Pioneers got the next point, but hit a roadblock.

Borgia got to 20-16 on an ace by Maune.

Duchesne was called for a back row attack and Borgia closed to 21-18, but that’s as close as it got.

“We came back after being down in the first match after being down quite a bit,” Nieder said. “We got some key blocks and started playing some defense. We made them play defense and made the game close.”

Taking advantage of a service error, kill and Borgia mistake, the Pioneers reached game point at 24-18.

Borgia fought back and reached 20, but the game ended on a kill, 25-20.

That first game proved to be the highlight for the Knights. Duchesne ripped off the first four points before a lift violation put Borgia onto the scoreboard.

Down 10-3, the Knights did manage to get to within three points at 11-8, but Duchesne started to pull away again.

Borgia managed just two more points with one coming on a kill by Po Chun Huang. The other was a Duchesne error.

Up 18-10, Duchesne’s Tony Turnbeaugh served out the match with the Pioneers taking advantage at the net as well.

Nieder indicated the team has made some changes to the lineup to develop more attacking threats, especially at the outside hitter spots.

“We moved Alex and Po out to the outside to hit leftside for us,” Nieder said. “The setters are actually hitting leftside for us to try to give us a little bit of offensive power. We really didn’t have much of a chance to work on it in practice due to the snow days, but on paper, it looked like something good to try. It did well. There’s a lot of possibilities. Alex looks like he can hit from the outside. Po has some good fundamentals as well.”

Nieder knows the Knights have to work on serve-receive. Borgia struggled at times and getting out of system on the serves played a role in Borgia’s inability to attack in stretches.

“We need to work on that a whole lot,” Nieder said. “That just comes back down to practice with the snow days and everything else happening. We really have been lacking in the amount of practices we need to have and that hurts us right now.”

Rockwood Summit

They’re a very solid program,” Nieder said. “We played their varsity last year and knew they have a really solid team. We knew this would be a good match for us.”

Nieder said he used a new lineup and the Knights hadn’t had much practice time with it.

“We played right with them,” Nieder said. “We didn’t get a chance to practice the lineup we knew we would be playing until we got there. We gave it a good match and adjusted well.”

Borgia was able to take one game, but wasn’t able to get over the hump in the final contest.

“It came down to the third game,” Nieder said. “We just fell a little bit short at the end.”

Borgia was a little shorthanded as well.

“We played a JV match and we played without Blechle and Brendan Joyce, so we played a little differently,” Nieder said.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    7 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    7 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    7 p.m.

Ash Grove at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Brentwood    7 p.m.

*St. Charles West at Warrenton    7 p.m.

South Callaway at Wright City     7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Softball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    3:30 p.m.

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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