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Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 2:45 pm


That’s the only way to describe the scene Saturday evening at Borgia’s Ray DeGreeff Memorial Gymnasium as the Borgia volleyball Lady Knights secured their first state tournament berth since 2010 and 17th in school history.

Borgia (30-3-1) rallied for a 25-18, 21-25, 25-17 victory over rival St. Dominic (26-6) in the Class 3 quarterfinal round to advance to the state tournament in Cape Girardeau Friday and Saturday.

“It’s a great feeling,” Borgia Head Coach Brad Bruns said. “The girls played amazing today. We had two incredibly tough matches today and the girls were able to push to the very end and get the job done. We’re proud and excited for them. This has been a couple of years coming. The seniors have great leadership. We’re just trying to push ahead and take care of business at state.”

Senior Sarah Geatley attacked the ball in the middle and put down the match-winning kill. The team rushed off the bench to join the six on the floor.

“I wanted to win,” Geatley said. “I knew we could do it. I knew someone had to step up and just take the leadership. I just felt like I had to do it.”

Bruns said Geatley showed tremendous leadership down the stretch.

“I have never seen anyone get so fired up like Sarah Geatley,” Bruns said. “She gave so much positive energy during that game. She was so fired up that everyone else just fed off of it. It became a big cycle and that’s when we started pushing ahead.”

Overall, Bruns credited the four seniors, Geatley, Janie Arand, Clara Blatt and Erin Hillerman for leading the team to victory.

“Senior leadership was big today,” Bruns said. “Janie, Clara, Sarah and Erin stepped up. This could have been their last game and they weren’t ready to call it quits. I give them all kudos because they worked hard today and got the job done.”

Borgia’s large student crowd also played a role. Many of the students came early and tailgated. Many were wearing body paint.

“I’ve got to give a big shout out to the fans,” Bruns said. “They were tremendous.”

The student fans spilled out of the stands at the conclusion of the quarterfinal match and mobbed the players on the floor.

Quarterfinal Match

After Borgia vanquished Villa Duchesne, it had to face Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division rival St. Dominic for the right to advance to state.

“We knew St. Dominic wasn’t just going to back down,” Janie Arand said. “We knew we had to play aggressive and just focus on what we can do.”

Both teams showed tremendous success during the season. St. Dominic had finished higher than Borgia in the Borgia Tournament (second to third) although the teams didn’t meet that day.

During league play, Borgia recorded two sweeps.

However, Brandy Moos’ Lady Crusaders had gotten closer and closer to Borgia in each of the meetings.

St. Dominic opened the day by sweeping another AAA school, Duchesne, in the sectional round, 25-20, 25-12.

In the first game of the quarterfinals, Borgia was able to emerge with the win.

“That first game was a great game,” Bruns said. “It was point for point most of the way and we were able to sneak away for the win.”

Borgia jumped out with a Jordan Kriete kill and led 4-2 before St. Dominic rallied to tie it on an ace by Dana Kramer.

St. Dominic moved to a 12-8 lead before Borgia came back to take the lead once again.

The Lady Knights started to power away after St. Dominic cut it to 14-13. Following a service error, Borgia worked for one point at a time and held a 21-15 lead before St. Dominic made a late rally. Borgia won 25-18.

“In the second game, if you’re up, it’s important to go right back at them and fire again,” Bruns said.

Borgia got the start Bruns wanted, taking a 3-0 advantage. But St. Dominic fought back.

“We ended up having a couple of mental errors and they were able to go on a run on us,” Bruns said. “They started to get hope and see the light at the end of the tunnel and momentum quickly switched.”

The last run came after the teams were tied at 20-20. St. Dominic’s Carlie Combs put the Lady Crusaders on top with a kill. Shelby Mueller knocked one off the Borgia block and St. Dominic went on to win, 25-21.

“Between the second and third games, we talked about how we had to relax and not think about it so much,” Borgia sophomore Emma Kriete said. “We know we can beat them. I think the second game was mental. It got into our heads. So, the third game, we just came out and played it point by point.”

Geatley said she had no doubts.

“I knew deep down we were still going to win,” Geatley said. “I could feel it. It still was scary. I felt nervous. I was pretty sure we could pull back.”

Borgia had to dig out of an early hole after St. Dominic scored the first four points.

“This whole year, whenever we got down by a few points, this group always found a way to dig out of a hole,” Bruns said. “We’ve done it time and time again. I guess it’s second nature to them. They focus on one point at a time in digging out of a hole.”

Senior Erin Hillerman slapped a kill off the St. Dominic block to give Borgia its first point. The Lady Knights rallied and tied it at 5-5.

“Momentum switched quickly at the end of the second game and we let it carry into the third game,” Bruns said. “Once we settled down, we got a couple of big kills and we got back on track.”

For the next several points, the two teams played with urgency. Each wanted to earn the right to play for a state title. Neither squad gave an inch and the crowd was loud for both squads.

In this playoff atmosphere, senior Clara Blatt was sent in to serve at 15-15.

“Putting her in the back row gives us help in two dimensions,” Bruns said. “She has an aggressive serve. She’s been doing a great job serving this year. It also gives us better defense on the back row. Even though it’s only for one rotation, that’s a great move by the coaching staff to put her in. She does a fantastic job coming off the bench in a pressure situation. She did great.”

Blatt gave Borgia the lead with her first serve, an ace. Borgia never looked back.

“I just had to concentrate,” Blatt said. “Coach (Martina) Roth called where I should serve to and I tried to hit that location. I missed a couple but I just tried to be consistent with it.”

Borgia was up 17-16 when freshman Audrey Arand blasted a kill and Geatley followed up with another kill.

The Lady Knights continued to add to the lead.

“At point 22 when Audrey was back there serving, I knew we were going to win,” Emma Kriete said. “I could feel it.”

Jordan Kriete recorded the 24th point on a kill.

“We were all tired, but we all have heart so I knew we were going to pull it out,” she said.

Geatley then recorded the match winner, 25-17.

As a team, Borgia hit .302 for the match.

Audrey Arand led Borgia with 10 kills while hitting .364.

The Kriete cousins, Emma and Jordan, each had eight kills.

Geatley recorded seven kills on 10 swings with no errors. Hillerman posted three kills and Janie Arand added one kill.

Janie Arand posted 27 assists while Geatley and Jordan Kriete added one each.

Janie Arand served two aces. Blatt and Emma Kriete each had one ace.

Junior Alivia Brinker and Janie Arand had 11 digs apiece. Junior Molly Arand and Jordan Kriete each had eight digs.

Junior Allie Marquart recorded six digs. Audrey Arand contributed five digs while Emma Kriete had four and Geatley and Hillerman had one dig apiece.

Emma Kriete and Geatley each had three total blocks. Audrey Arand added one block.


Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 West 11, St. Charles Post 312 1

G4 Daniel Boone 10, Hannibal 2

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City 9, West 2

G6 St. Charles 11, Daniel Boone 0

G7 West 6, St. Charles 2

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — West 11, Jefferson City 0

G9 If-Needed Game — Jefferson City 14, West 12

Jefferson City advances to state tournament in Sedalia.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Jackson 8, Washington 3

G4 Springfield Glendale 8, Sedalia 3

G5 Jackson 4, Eureka 2

G6 Washington 8, Springfield Glendale 0

Saturday, June 26

G7 Eureka 11, Washington 10 (9 innings)

G8 Championship — Jackson 7, Eureka 6

Jackson advances to Regional Tournament in Leavenworth, Kan.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

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