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Posted: Friday, November 1, 2013 3:20 pm

How many milestones can you jam into a volleyball match?

Borgia’s 25-7, 25-15 victory over Owensville Tuesday in Union filled many of the potential checklist items.

The win:

• Gave Borgia (28-3-1) the Class 3 District 8 title, its 16th district crown in a row;

• Was Borgia’s 25th district championship in the last 27 seasons; and

• Was the 200th career victory for Borgia Head Coach Brad Bruns.

“It was a great night,” Bruns said. “The girls played real good ball. They did a lot of good things. It was a tough night for competition. The score doesn’t do it justice, but we just had things in our favor and stayed on a roll.”

Bruns knows the job isn’t done yet.

“Tomorrow we forget about district, we forget about 200 wins and we just focus on Saturday at the sectional,” Bruns said. “That’s our primary focus now.”

Sectional Event

With the win, Borgia will host the MSHSAA Class 3 sectional event Saturday starting at 1 p.m. St. Dominic will play Duchesne in the first match. Borgia will play Villa Duchesne in the second semifinal. The state quarterfinal match will follow.

“This is a tough sectional,” Bruns said. “The last two years, our sectional winner has won the state championship. It’s going to be a tough sectional. I think you’re going to see some amazing matches.”

Borgia already has one win against Villa Duchesne this season (in three games at Villa Duchesne Sept. 19, 25-21, 21-25, 25-17), but Bruns knows beating the Saints a second time will be difficult.

Villa Duchesne won the 2011 Class 3 state title under Shane Weber, who once was an assistant coach at Washington High School.

There are other connections. Borgia sophomore rightside hitter Emma Kriete played club ball for Weber with Rockwood Thunder. Villa Duchesne junior outside hitter Hannah Cherry played for Show Me Volleyball Academy where Bruns was an assistant coach until hired by Borgia in 2012.

Owensville Match

Bruns indicated the championship match was a team effort.

“We got the whole team in tonight, which was great,” Bruns said. “At any given time, we’re going to need all 14 to contribute, whether it be in the game or on the bench. The girls fought hard and played hard. It definitely was a full team win and we’re excited about that.”

Owensville Head Coach Kari Nolting said the team has been looking forward to playing Borgia.

“This is a match we prepared for all year, knowing it would come down to Owensville versus Borgia,” Nolting said. “They are a strong solid team and always have been. It is always tough for us when we play them but we also enjoy playing them. It is good for us to be pushed like that and we need more of it in our schedule.”

The Lady Knights pretty much did what they wanted in the two games. All 14 players contributed to the win.

The team hit .378 for the match with 22 kills and five errors in 45 attempts.

Freshman Audrey Arand led the team in kills with nine. She hit .429 for the match and added five digs.

Kriete smacked down six kills with no errors on nine attempts. She also had two assists.

Five other players recorded kills.

Junior Jordan Kriete had two kills and added six digs.

Senior Sarah Geatley posted two kills.

Senior Janie Arand recorded one kill, the first game winner, while adding 15 assists and nine digs.

Sophomore Elizabeth Mattli had one kill and a dig. Sophomore Liz Frederick posted one kill.

Junior Maddie Toelke had two assists and the team’s lone block.

Junior Alivia Brinker had two assists and tied Janie Arand with nine digs. She also had two aces.

Brinker was at the service line when Borgia had its most successful rotation. In the first set, she served 11 points in a row as Borgia moved from a 6-3 lead to a 17-3 advantage. In the second game, she served nine points in a row as Borgia moved from 4-2 to 13-2.

“Alivia did a great job serving tonight,” Bruns said. “It was one of her better nights. She just seemed to hit all of her targets. Whatever Coach (Martina) Roth threw at her, she hit it perfectly. We kept the other team on the move quite a bit. We took them out of system and they weren’t able to run a lot of the faster stuff they’re used to running. When we can force teams out of system, we’re going to win games.”

Senior Clara Blatt served two aces.

Junior Molly Arand had two digs while junior Allie Marquart had one dig.

Despite losing, Owensville had several standouts, including sophomore middle hitter Hailey Diestelkamp and junior Breanna Baker. Much of the offense was cycled through those two players.

“Hailey is an incredible player,” Bruns said. “We were able to take her out of system where they couldn’t run the quick. If you take Hailey out of the front row, that’s going to knock them down a level.”

Owensville loses seven players to graduation and Nolting found ways to get all seven into the action.

“I’m proud of my girls and the season we’ve had. I had a great team for my first season as head coach — lots of laughs and many good times. I only hope to build on what we’ve done this year and continue to take our level of play up in the future years.”

Bruns Milestone

The win was the 200th in Bruns’ career and came against one of his former players.

“I didn’t know they knew it,” Bruns said. “They surprised me with that tonight. It’s neat to celebrate that, especially with this group. This is a pretty amazing group this year. To be able to celebrate this with them is a nice thing.”

Bruns won 118 matches at East Central College (118-57), while leading that program to three NJCAA Division II national tournaments in four seasons after resurrecting the team. The Falcons won the 2010 MCCAC title as well.

In 2005 and 2006, Bruns was the head coach of the Fontbonne University women, leading the team to the SLIAC championship and the NCAA Division III national tournament while posting 36 wins in two seasons.

In two seasons at Borgia, Bruns has recorded a 46-16-4 record (.697 winning percentage).

Tuesday’s win came against Kari (Blankenship) Nolting, who played for Bruns at East Central College in 2007-08, earning Academic All-American honors while playing middle hitter. She helped ECC reach the NJCAA Division II national tournament in 2008 and then played at NCAA Division II Maryville University after leaving ECC.

“Going up against Brad was bittersweet for me,” Nolting said. “He is a fantastic coach and I have learned so much from him over the years, and I continue to learn from him still. I do want to congratulate him on his 200th win — I’m glad to be part of that for him.”

Nolting, an Owensville graduate, has remained close friends with Bruns. This season, she was promoted to head coach of the Dutchgirls after Dwayne Clingman moved over to the football coaching staff.

“Kari Jo was an amazing athlete and player,” Bruns said. “To see her mature into a coach has been a pretty special thing. I think she’s done a great job at Owensville. I think she’s going to take that program to new heights. I’m excited for her. This is her first year as a head coach. She’s going to get there and I have no doubt she’s going to be successful.”

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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

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 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

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

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

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

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

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

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

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 62, Sullivan 35

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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