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Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 10:00 am

It wasn’t the start the Borgia volleyball Lady Knights wanted to see.

Borgia opened MSHSAA Class 3 state volleyball pool play Friday by splitting with Carl Junction, 18-25, 25-22.

“We talked about going out for our first match and stepping into that big open gym with all of those people to take 15 seconds to focus on what you see around you. But after that 15 seconds, zone in, get focused and play ball,” Borgia Head Coach Brad Bruns said. “I think that first game against Carl Junction, we took that 15 seconds and turned it into 15-20 points. I think eventually we settled down. Even though we lost that first game, we settled down in the second game, and played tremendously for the rest of the evening.”

The Lady Knights ended up getting a rematch with Carl Junction the next evening for the championship at Cape Girardeau’s Show-Me Center as both teams were able to move through pool play to reach the finals.

Borgia won all five of its remaining games while Carl Junction went 4-2. St. Pius X of Kansas City went 2-4 while Lutheran South was 1-5 during pool play.

“Honestly, if we were going to lose a game, I would rather it be to someone we were going to see in the finals,” Bruns said. “It put our girls in the right mindset for us to know that if we don’t step up our game and play to our potential, our dream of a state championship could be lost. We split with them in pool play and then winning our next two matches against the other two teams. Things happen for a reason. It’s nice to know the girls dug deep and did what they had to do to be successful.”

Carl Junction remembered the last meeting with Borgia, a win by the Lady Knights in the Silver Bracket championship of the Springfield Classic in September.

Carl Junction jumped out to a 14-6 lead as Borgia tried to find itself. Bruns had to expend another timeout at 17-9, and that brought the Lady Knights back into focus.

Borgia closed to 17-14 before Carl Junction was able to take the set, 25-18.

“I think they had a lot of energy,” Borgia sophomore rightside hitter Emma Kriete said. “They were really scrappy. They weren’t going to back down. They wanted it just as much as we did and that carried them through.”

Borgia senior middle hitter Sarah Geatley also noticed a change in Carl Junction.

“I think their defense wasn’t picking up all of our hits the first time,” Geatley said. “They just seemed to be off. Then we played them again and their defense was really good and their hitters were really smart. They were hitting all of our weaknesses.”

In the second game, Borgia found its mojo again and emerged with a 25-22 victory in another hard-fought set.

Borgia took the lead at 19-18 on a kill by senior Erin Hillerman and later led 23-20 on a kill by Kriete.

Carl Junction pulled back to 23-22, but senior setter Janie Arand dumped the ball into an empty spot for the 24th point and Kriete smacked a kill to end it.

“The first time we played them was a little shaky,” Hillerman said. “I think we were all nervous because it was our first match at state. We were all nervous and bouncing around, but we calmed down and we really came out on top the second time we played them.”

Freshman Audrey Arand led all players with 10 kills while hitting .409.

As a team, Borgia hit .078 for the match while Carl Junction attacked at a .138 clip.

Following Arand for Borgia were four players with three kills each. Seniors Janie Arand, Sarah Geatley and Hillerman each had three kills as did Kriete.

Junior Jordan Kriete added one kill.

Janie Arand led the team with 19 assists while Emma Kriete had one.

Jordan Kriete paced the defense with seven digs. Junior Allie Marquart checked in with six digs.

Logging three digs each were Audrey Arand, Janie Arand, junior Molly Arand and junior Alivia Brinker. Senior Clara Blatt, Hillerman and Emma Kriete each had one dig.

Audrey Arand registered a solo block. Emma Kriete and Hillerman had three block assists apiece.

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

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

Thursday, Dec. 18

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

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

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

Pattonville vs. Farmington, 4 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Owensville, 5:30 p.m.

Principia vs. Pattonville, 7 p.m.

Borgia vs. Cuba, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament    TBA

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.

Washington at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Washington at Lindbergh    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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