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Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 8:00 am | Updated: 8:09 am, Wed Apr 17, 2013.

It’s extremely rare when I have a good time in Kansas City.

But last weekend was an exception.

Making the annual trek to the USA Volleyball Asics Show Me National Qualifier proved to be one of the most thrilling excursions ever to the jewel of western Missouri.

As always, a number of area players were in the event with a bunch of different teams. And those players enjoyed a variety of success.

One of the teams I was following at the event, Show Me Volleyball Academy 16 Rox, earned its USA Volleyball National Championships 16 Open Division bid by placing second in the tournament.

For a second-year program, SMVA 16 Rox finally reached a huge goal by earning a 16 Open Division berth. Shane Allen’s team had been in contention on the final day of the qualifiers in Indianapolis and Philadelphia. The team tied for fifth at the Mideast Qualifier in Indianapolis, ninth at the Northeast Qualifier in Philadelphia and 21st at the Colorado Crossroads Qualifier in Denver.

SMVA 16 Rox went 2-1 on the first day to remain in gold and followed by going 2-1 on the second day to stay in the gold division.

The second day started tough with a loss to Asics Mavs 16 Blue, ranked second in the most recent national rankings. The second game ended at 26-24, a sign of things to come.

After beating Ozark Juniors, the final match came down to SMVA 16 Rox and CYC 16 Green. SMVA 16 Rox hadn’t beaten CYC 16 Green until Sunday’s match, and that one went to three games.

Playing in one of the two final gold division pools, SMVA 16 Rox was at the edge. After falling at that level in Indianapolis and Philadelphia, the team started pool play by beating 17th-ranked KC Power in the first match.

Coming back Monday, SMVA 16 Rox needed three games to knock down 1st Alliance of Illinois, the fourth-ranked team in the PrepVolleyball national poll.

But SMVA 16 Rox had a fight to earn the bid and a chance to play for the regional title in High Performance 16 Gold.

High Performance had an inspirational tale as well. Down to seven healthy players, HP 16 Gold went through pool play Sunday, then had to win two playoff games before going to beat 1st Alliance to start the final gold pool action Sunday evening. HP 16 Gold lost Monday morning to KC Power, but still had a chance if it beat SMVA 16 Rox.

The first game went to SMVA, 25-19, but High Performance stepped it up in the second to win, 25-15.

The third game went back and forth before SMVA pulled out the victory, and the bid by sweeping the pool, 15-13.

While SMVA 16 Rox fell to Nebraska Elite 16 Fury in the title match in two games, it still was a rewarding three-day event for Show Me Volleyball Academy.

Brad Bruns is the club director with Shane Allen heading the 16 Rox team. Team members are Paige Perego (Parkway West), Amy Kindt (Marquette), Emily Rudolph (Marquette), Amanda Noel (Lafayette), Hannah Cherry (Villa Duchesne), Allison Turner (Lafayette), Ellie Watkins (Lutheran St. Charles), Riley Stephens (Troy) and Cassie Nodiff (Marquette).

It felt amazing to see such a group of neat kids reach a goal and be able to leave a national qualifier venue happy and with medals.

The other SMVA team, 16 Royal, had a tougher time in the 16 USA Division, tying for 19th in the Silver Division.

That team is coached by Christin Hunt and former ECC volleyball player Sam Walch. Players on that team are Katrina Aliano (Eureka), Claire Harman (Lafayette), Ashley Nickolaison (Francis Howell), Jordan Kriete (Borgia), Bailey Fischer (Timberland), Molly Fox (Marquette), Rachel Waller (Westminster), Maddie Toelke (Borgia) and Allie Marquart (Borgia).

For the Royal team, I wish they could have finished higher. There was some good play, but not enough to stay in gold bracket contention through the second day.

CYC 18 Green from St. Louis, won the 18 Open Division. That’s an amazing team, too. They won the St. Louis Power League title in the 16-18 Division and I saw them play the weekend before the Kansas City event during a tournament in Belleville, Ill., That’s an outstanding team and you just wish everyone from the Gateway Region the best when they travel.

One of the great things when there are a lot of local teams playing in a qualifier like Kansas City is that you’re going to see a ton of people you know and respect. It was good to see Rockwood Thunder 17 Mizuno Head Coach Ben O’Day, formerly of East Central College. Ben’s got an outstanding group of kids and they’ve already earned their USA Volleyball 17 Open Division bid. Injuries hurt them this past weekend, but they’ll bounce back.

I got to see some locals as well, including Alivia Brinker, Erin Hillerman and Alexis Ruether. I know there were others. Wish I could have seen everyone, but there’s only so much time and too many courts!

For me, it was nice to see Eureka senior Abby Biggs playing. Abby was the setter on the Rockwood Thunder 16 Mizuno team I helped to coach two seasons ago. She’s signed with Lewis University to continue her career. It’s amazing to see people you’ve had a small hand in helping achieving their goals and having fun while doing it.

We’re getting closer to the end of the club volleyball season. I know the USA Volleyball Gateway Regional championships are taking place this weekend in the 16s Division. Good luck to everyone who will be playing for a regional title and/or in the bid tournaments.

Not everyone can finish the season with a championship or a bid, but everyone will be a winner as long as they continue to learn how to play the game correctly and have some fun while doing it. Remember, it’s a game!


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


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.


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