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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

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

Northwest 43, Mehlville 42

Festus 58, Patriettes 13

Seckman 36, Oakville 28

Pacific 73, Carnahan 38

Saturday, Dec. 27

Seckman Tournament

Mehlville 39, Patriettes 35

Oakville 73, Carnahan 38

Festus 47, Northwest 30

Pacific 51, Seckman 33

Monday, Dec. 29

Seckman Tournament

Seventh-place game—Carnahan vs. Patriettes    1:30 p.m.

Third-place game—Seckman vs. Northwest    1:30 p.m.

Consolation game—Oakville vs. Mehlville    3 p.m.

Championship game—Pacific vs. Festus   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


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