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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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American Legion Baseball

Senior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Daniel Boone 14, Pacific 3

*Washington 20, Sullivan 5

Wednesday, July 2

*Daniel Boone 8, Pacific 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 1

Thursday, July 3

*Washington 11, St. Charles 0

Friday, July 4

*Pacific at St. Peters    1:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Washington 20, Pacific 1

Sunday, July 6

*Washington 11, Warrenton 2

Monday, July 7

Washington 9, Creve Coeur 7

Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament

Wednesday, July 9

Washington 7, Gravette Lions 0

Thursday, July 10

Washington 4, Post 339 West (Bellevue, Neb.) 2

Friday, July 11

Washington 14, Geiger Redi-Mix (Leavenworth, Kan.) 0

Washington 4, Hawthorne Outlaws (Lee's Summit) 2

Saturday, July 12

Washington vs. TBA, quarterfinals, TBA

Sunday, July 13

Semifinal Games, 11 a.m.

Championship, 2 p.m.

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Union 5, New Haven 0

*Union 7, New Haven 4

*St. Charles 12, Pacific 5

Thursday, July 3

*Union 13, Hannibal 2

*Union 10, Hannibal 3

*Elsberry at Pacific    7 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Daniel Boone at Pacific (DH)    10 a.m.

Union 6, Crocker 5

Union 13, Crocker 7

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Washington 16, Pacific 1

Wednesday, July 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 0

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Peters vs. Elsberry, 2 p.m.

G14 Championship — Washington vs. G13 winner, 5 p.m.

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — G14 winner vs. G14 loser, 2 p.m.

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 St. Peters vs. Elsberry-Winfield, 6 p.m.

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles vs. G12 winner, 1 p.m.

G14 Championship — Washington vs. G13 winner, 4 p.m.

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — G14 winner vs. G14 loser, 1 p.m.

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    8 a.m.

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    6 p.m.

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    8 a.m.

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

Great Midwest Football League

July 5

Missouri Cyclones 22, Midwest Chargers 14

July 12

Missouri Cyclones at Missouri Valley Pitbulls, St. Charles High School, 5 p.m.

Ninth District Standings

July 1, 2014

District Games Only

Senior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

West    11    2

Daniel Boone 262    9    3

Washington 218    11    5

St. Charles 312    9    5

Elsberry 226    8    5

Wentzville 323    5    5

St. Peters 313    7    7

Pacific 320    3    10

Warrenton 122    0    10

Sullivan 18    1    12

2014 Final Standings

Junior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

Elsberry 226    20    2

Union 297    19    3

Washington 218    18    4

St. Charles 312    14    8

St. Peters 313    12    10

Wentzville 323    12    10

Hannibal 55    10    12

New Haven 366    9    13

Daniel Boone 262    5    14

Warrenton 122    3    16

Pacific 320    3    15

Sullivan 18    0    20

Freshman Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

St. Charles 312    20    0

Washington 218    17    3

Hannibal 55    16    4

Elsberry-Winfield 226    14    6

Wentzville 323    9    11

Warrenton 122    8    12

West    7    13

St. Peters 313    6    14

New Haven 366    5    15

Pacific 320    4    16

Elsberry 226    4    16

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