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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

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Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games

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