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Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 4:30 pm

If you arrived late Monday, you missed the lone upset during the first night of pool play at the 58th Annual Hermann Invitational Volleyball Tournament.

Pacific (6-8), seeded third in the pool, swept second-seeded Washington in two hard-fought games to open this year’s event, 25-23, 27-25.

“We knew coming into our pool that if we wanted to play in the semifinals we were going to have to play well against Washington both sets,” said Pacific Head Coach Janel Brown. “We didn’t start out real great in set one but we never gave up. Our passing was much better than it had been last week. Once we started playing our game we began winning points.”

Washington Head Coach Kym Blankenship said a cold start hurt the Lady Jays.

“The girls had a flat and lackluster start to the tournament,” Blankenship said. “The team with the least amount of unforced errors wins and we had more than our fair share against Pacific. In the second game we had 10 hitting errors almost in a row and four serving errors. You cannot beat any team with stats like that. We were not mentally prepared to play and did not adjust to what was happening around us.”

The only other close game was between pool champion Borgia (18-2-1) and Washington (9-11-1) in the final match of the evening.

“They played well,” Borgia Assistant Coach Andy Halaz said. “Washington was scrappy. They put a lot of pressure on us to step up and play well and disciplined. We had to buckle down and fortunately our offense was able come through.”

Washington needed a sweep to have a chance at making the semifinals, but Borgia was able to hold off the Lady Jays and win a tight first game, 25-20. Borgia followed up with a 25-11 win in the second game.

“Against Borgia we started to come alive and play to our potential,” Blankenship said. “We battled for the sideout against Borgia only to miss a first serve. We missed four serves in the first game and lost by five points. Unforced errors came back to haunt us again. I did see the Washington team play up to their ability in spite of the serving errors. We had smart attacks and found a way to pick up our defense and keep the ball alive with some really great plays.”

Borgia was the class of the field on Monday night, going 3-0 in matches, 6-0 in games during pool play.

“We thought we played very well tonight,” Borgia Head Coach Brad Bruns said. “We were very disciplined with our passing. We felt our blocking was a lot better than it has been in the past couple of games. I felt we ran the offense nicely. The girls did a great job and I commend them for it.”

Pacific took second by going 2-1 in matches, 4-2 in games.

“Going into the Borgia game we knew we were the underdog,” Brown said. “We couldn’t worry so much about their size and hitting power, we had to focus on us. I was happy with how we came right back and played well against Montgomery County. We could have easily lost a set after losing to Borgia just a few minutes before. I’m very happy with our performance last night.”

Washington secured the consolation match spot by going 1-2 in matches, 2-4 in games. “We had already beaten Pacific once in the season and maybe that contributed to the lack of mental focus on the importance of winning that game,” said Blankenship. “Pacific did not make the unforced errors, they instead fought very hard to keep the ball alive and let us make the errors. It was the difference from getting a shot at the championship game versus the consolation.”

And Montgomery County was winless on the night, going 0-3 in matches, 0-6 in games.

Results from Monday were:

• Pacific defeated Washington, 25-23, 27-25;

• Borgia defeated Montgomery County, 25-5, 25-9;

• Washington defeated Montgomery County, 25-16, 25-13;

• Borgia defeated Pacific, 25-7, 25-9;

• Pacific defeated Montgomery County, 25-13, 25-14; and

• Borgia defeated Washington, 25-20, 25-11.

“That first game was our chance,” Blankenship said. “As we transitioned to the second game we got behind in serve receive passing. We were not able to run our offense and were giving free balls and tips to an offensive powerhouse team only to have it smashed back at us. If we can’t run our offense we knew the game would be over soon and it was. Borgia obviously has bigger and stronger hitters than we do and run a much quicker offense. I wanted the girls to compete and do their best and I think we achieved that goal.”

In action Thursday, Washington will play the third-place finisher from Tuesday’s pool (New Haven, Owensville, Hermann and Union) in the consolation match at 4 p.m.

Borgia will take on the Tuesday pool runner-up at 5 p.m.

And Pacific meets the Tuesday pool winner at 6 p.m. in the second semifinal.

The third-place and championship matches will follow.


As a team, Borgia hit .531 against Montgomery County.

Sarah Geatley led the way with seven kills on eight swings. Audrey Arand was next with five kills while Emma Kriete and Jordan Kriete each had three kills.

Audrey Arand, Alivia Brinker and Maddie Toelke served three aces each.

“They hit their spots,” said Borgia Assistant Coach Martina Roth. “All you can do is ask them to put the serves in certain areas and they did very well.”

Brinker led the team with six digs and Jordan Kriete added four.

Emma Kriete posted four total blocks while Geatley ended with three. Janie Arand had nine assists and Toelke was next with five.

Against Pacific, Borgia hit .386 as a team. Emma Kriete paced the squad with six kills on 11 attempts. Audrey Arand (.357) and Elizabeth Mattli (.625) each posted five kills. Geatley posted four and Jordan Kriete had three.

Janie Arand had 19 assists. Brinker served three aces and led the team with 10 digs. Janie Arand posted six digs and Audrey Arand added four. Geatley and Janie Arand had two total blocks apiece.

Against Washington, Borgia hit .288 as a team. Audrey Arand recorded eight kills to lead the team. Emma Kriete was next with seven and Jordan Kriete posted four kills.

Janie Arand had 19 assists. Emma Kriete served two aces.

Brinker led the team with 11 digs. Jordan Kriete closed with six, Allie Marquart posted five and Molly Arand added four. Emma Kriete had two total blocks.

“We played well enough tonight to where everyone got into the matches and got to contribute,” Bruns said. “Everyone was a part of the game. It was a good night for Borgia volleyball.”

Brown said Ashley Hill was a standout in the Washington match with eight kills. Ellen Rogers posted five kills and three aces against Washington.

“Erica Diener was amazing last night,” Blankenship said. “Our offense was clicking and each and every hitter contributed well.”

Our defense stepped up as well.”

Statistics for Washington were not available as of press time.

Photos from Monday night’s action will be posted on later this week.


Area Scoreboard


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


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.


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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