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Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 8:00 am | Updated: 8:07 am, Wed Oct 3, 2012.

With the Hermann Tournament completed, we now have a much better idea of where our area volleyball teams stand entering the second half of the season.

The annual event pretty much served as an unofficial area championship with the best this area seems to offer.

Hermann edged Borgia in a thrilling championship match last Thursday. Pacific held off New Haven in three games for third place while Washington defeated Owensville for the consolation trophy.

So, what did we learn?

The two championship teams, Hermann and Borgia, probably have the best chances to advance pretty far in the playoffs. However, the path to the state playoffs is blocked by some pretty good teams at the sectional level. Borgia’s sectional has multiple strong teams while Hermann likely would have to find a way around Fatima.

However, if the teams show the moxie they displayed during the championship match Thursday night, I wouldn’t rule out a trip to Cape Girardeau in November for either of them.

The secret is going to be keeping the level of play at the same level as in the title match.

“There was a lot of good defense on both sides of the net,” Hermann Head Coach Linda Lampkin said after the title match. “There were some really long rallies where neither team was going to give up on the ball. Both teams kept some stuff in play that a lot of nights would have just gone down. I think both teams played hard and played to win.”

Borgia Head Coach Brad Bruns noted many positives for his squad.

“There were a lot of positive things which happened tonight which is a step in the right direction,” Bruns said. “I thought our blocking was way better tonight. We didn’t have that many net violations. I thought our attackers did a great job and our setters did a great job of working the ball around the court. Everyone had the chance to get in and contribute.”

Hermann won the championship and is the unofficial area champion. The Four Rivers Conference juggernaut stepped up to defend their home court in the tournament. Other than dropping the first set to Borgia in the title match, the Lady Bearcats were perfect.

Setter Abby Witthaus and hitter Natalie Witte are the only seniors on this year’s Hermann team, so there is plenty of room for growth. Jamie Gleeson is becoming one of the top players in the area and Lampkin and her staff likely will have the team peaking around the time of the district tournament.

Hermann is hosting the district. I’ve seen Linn and heard about Cuba, but feel Hermann has the edge. The big factor may be the Hermann student section, which gives its squad a momentum boost.

Unfortunately, the district winner likely would have to go to Fatima for the sectional event and face the host team in the first match. That’s going to be a tough one. Fatima has beaten Hermann once this season.

I was impressed with Borgia. Not only did the Lady Knights adapt on the fly during the championship match, but they showed the ability to push beyond their previous best levels. They were able to make tactical adjustments on the floor and come up with big plays.

“I expect only the best from Hermann and it’s going to help us for the end of the season,” Bruns stated.

The one thing most don’t realize about Borgia is that Friday’s championship bout was the seventh match the team had played in four days. Besides pool play Tuesday and the two matches Thursday, Borgia played a pair of Archdiocesan Athletic Association matches last week as well, including a lengthy road trip to Trinity on Wednesday.

That was a schedule set up prior to the current athletic administration and could have been a killer on a long night Thursday. However, Borgia seemed to be just as fresh at the end of the match against Hermann as it did at the start of the week.

“This has been a long week,” Bruns said. “They never got tired, and I’m very proud of them for that.”

Borgia has to be a major favorite for the Class 3 District 8 Tournament at Union. Should Borgia capture the title, the District 7 winner (likely St. Dominic) hosts the sectional round. It’s not going to be easy. St. Dominic is one of the top teams in the AAA. District 5 likely will send either defending state champion Villa Duchesne or Westminster. And Duchesne, another AAA team could come out of District 6.

The District 8 champion will have to play the host team in the sectional round, again, not an easy task.

Borgia has three seniors on this year’s team, Hanna Glasetter, Katie Lindemann and Taylor Mentz. However, the team has had success with four sophomores (Molly Arand, Alivia Brinker, Jordan Kriete and Maddie Toelke) and a freshman (Emma Kriete) on the court as well, meaning that the future looks very bright.

Pacific won the third-place match over New Haven last Thursday in three games. Janel Brown has an extremely difficult task this season. Pacific is in Class 4 District 3 along with defending state champion Lafayette, one of the nation’s top teams.

Pacific has six seniors on this year’s team, led by outside hitter Kersten McDonough. Next season seems to be a big rebuilding year and the subvarsity teams will have to contribute quite a bit to next year’s squad. There are only two juniors on this year’s team and four sophomores were on the Hermann Tournament roster.

New Haven, which has done well at the district level historically, faces a difficult district this season. The Lady Shamrocks were shifted to District 5, which includes defending Class 1 state runner-up Valle Catholic of Ste. Genevieve. And the Lady Shamrocks are going to have to go to Bismarck for the district.

The basketball team made that same trip last year on the way to the state championship game. Jaime Hoener’s team hopes that’s a good omen for them as well.

Consolation winner Washington and sixth-place team Owensville have the same problem. Each has difficult districts.

Kym Blankenship’s Lady Jays are in the same district with Lafayette and Pacific. Dwayne Clingman’s Dutchgirls will have to find a way to beat their nemesis Borgia to move through their district.

Washington additionally has a number of injuries. Hopefully the Lady Jays can be back to full strength by the playoffs.

Union, the only area team to not be back for the Thursday final night, is in the same district with Borgia and Owensville. Angie Morris has done remarkable things with the team, which probably should have won sets in pool play against Hermann and Owensville.

Owensville does have an impressive freshman in Hailey Diestelkamp.

Union probably is the most aggressive serving team in the area. In matches the serves are in play, they do very well. If they’re missing the court, it’s going to be a struggle.

Union only has three seniors on this year’s team, Rachael Bassett, Jillian Johnston and Lauren Terschluse. Considering that Union had some injury issues at the tournament, it would seem that the Lady ’Cats could be capable of rising to the occasion when they return to full strength.

Yes, it should be a very interesting second half of the season.

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Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Friday, Jan. 2

Sullivan at Washington    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Community Christian at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

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

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    7:45 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

&Borgia vs. Lutheran N    TBA

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

%St. Charles vs. Bayless    6 p.m.

%Westminster vs. Washington    7:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

%Borgia vs. St. Clair    6 p.m.

#South Callaway vs. North Callaway    6 p.m.

#Hermann vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

%Francis Howell Central vs. Union    7:30 p.m.

#Montgomery Co vs. New Bloomfield    7:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

#South Callaway-North Callaway loser vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield loser    6 p.m.

#South Callaway-North Callaway winner vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield winner    6 p.m.

Bethel at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville loser vs. Harrisburg-New Haven loser    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville winner vs. Harrisburg-New Haven winner    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

%St. Charles-Bayless loser vs. Westminster-Washington loser    4 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair loser vs. Francis Howell Central-Union loser    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

%St. Charles-Bayless winner vs. Westminster-Washington winner    7 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    7 pm.

#Seventh-place game    7:30 p.m.

Consolation game    7:30 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair winner vs. Francis Howell Central-Union winner    8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

%Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3:30 p.m.

%Consolation game    4 p.m.

%Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

#Championship game    6:30 p.m.

%Championship game    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    7:30 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Girls Basketball

Friday, Dec. 26

Seckman Tournament

Mehlville vs. Northwest    noon

Festus vs. Patriettes    1:30 p.m.

Oakville vs. Seckman    3 p.m.

Pacific vs. Carnahan    4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 27

Seckman Tournament

Festus-Patriettes loser vs. Mehville-Northwest loser    noon

Pacific-Carnahan loser vs. Oakville-Seckman loser    1:30 p.m.

Festus-Patriettes winner vs. Mehville-Northwest winner    3 p.m.

Pacific-Carnahan winner vs. Oakville-Seckman winner    4:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 29

Seckman Tournament

Seventh-place game    1:30 p.m.

Third-place game    1:30 p.m.

Consolation game    3 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Rolla Tournament

St. Clair vs. Waynesville    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Rolla Tournament

St. James-Sedalia loser vs. Waynesville-St.Clair loser    2 p.m.

St. James-Sedalia winner vs. Waynesville-St. Clair winner    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Rolla Tournament

Consolation game    9 a.m.

Seventh-place game    9 a.m. at MS&T

Third-place game    12 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 2

Hermann at Washington    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Bourbon    6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 5

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

*Holt at Washington    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    5:30 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    5 p.m.

Park Hills Central at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Cuba at New Haven    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

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

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    6:15 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Borgia vs. MICDS (St. Joseph’s Academy Shootout)    12:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

Lutheran South at St Clair    5:30 p.m.

Lindbergh at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

@Washington vs. Patriettes    5:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    6 p.m.

@Helias vs. Sullivan    7 p.m.

#North Callaway vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann vs. South Callaway    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Pacific at Ursuline    4:30 p.m.

Ft. Zumwalt East at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West vs. Union    5:30 p.m.

@Borgia vs. Eureka    7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

#Harrisburg-Russellville loser vs. North Callaway-New Haven loser    6 p.m.

#Harrisburg-Russellville winner vs. North Callaway-New Haven winner    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co loser vs. Hermann-South Callaway loser    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co winner vs. Hermann-South Callaway winner    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Bethel at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Northwest at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

@Washington-Patriettes loser vs. Helias-Sullivan loser    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union loser vs. Borgia-Eureka loser    7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

@Washington-Patriettes winner vs. Helias-Sullivan winner    5:30 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

#Seventh-place game    6 p.m.

#Consolation game    6 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union winner vs. Borgia-Eureka winner    7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

@Seventh-place game    1 p.m.

#Third-place game    2 p.m.

@Consolation game    2:30 p.m.

@Third-place game    4 p.m.

#Championship    5 p.m.

@Championship    5:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Union at Warrenton    6 p.m.

Montgomery Co at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    5 p.m.

Parkway West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    6 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Wrestling

Friday, Dec. 26

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 27

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Monday, Dec. 29

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Jan. 7

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

Thursday, Jan. 8

Washington at Granite City    4:30 p.m.

Borgia at Hancock Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Union at Liberty Quad    5 p.m.

Washington at Warrenton    6 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

*Washington at Holt/Ft. Zumwalt East    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Westminster at Pacific    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Union at Branson    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

Borgia at Owensville Tny    9 a.m.

Washington, Pacific at 141 Rumble    TBA

Union at Branson Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 20

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

Union at Sullivan/St. James/Warrenton    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Borgia/Washington at MICDS    4:15 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 12

Borgia at DuBourg    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Washington at Clayton    4:15 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

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

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt East/Timberland    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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