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Posted: Friday, October 25, 2013 4:45 pm

After sharing the GAC Central volleyball championship last season, it’s been Washington’s goal all season to take the outright league crown this year.

Mission accomplished.

The Lady Jays (14-15-1, 8-0) capped an unbeaten season in the GAC Central with a home victory Tuesday over Holt, 27-25, 25-22.

“Winning a conference championship is a big accomplishment for us. Going undefeated was a tough goal to achieve, but we did it and we’re extremely proud of it,” said Washington Head Coach Kym Blankenship. “The girls deserve the credit. They keep putting it together when it counts the most.”

The Lady Jays defeated each of the other four teams in the GAC Central twice this season.

“We play each conference team twice and once we beat each team one time, we quickly set our sights on our new goal of not only winning the conference title, but to go undefeated,” Blankenship said. “In the past, our conference games were not that much of a challenge. But the programs have all improved greatly and in most of our matches, all but two, we have gone three games. We truly earned each win.”

Washington is seeded fourth for the Class 4 District 3 Tournament next week at Northwest High School.

The Lady Jays play fifth-seeded Pacific Tuesday at 5 p.m. The winner meets top-seeded Lafayette in the semifinals Wednesday at 5 p.m. The championship match is Wednesday at 7:15 p.m.


Washington sealed its unbeaten conference season with a sweep over Holt.

The Lady Jays jumped to a 17-5 lead in the first game against Holt, which was highlighted on serving runs by Amanda Vollmer and Olivia Strode.

But Holt came storming back with a 16-4 run to tie the game, 21-21.

Things went back-and-forth from there.

Both teams had late leads, Holt at 23-22, and Washington at 24-23, before it was tied at 24 and 25.

Finally, the Lady Jays took the lead for good on a kill by Sarah Borgerding and won the opener with Erica Diener at the service line.

Both teams also held leads in the second game until Washington pulled away late.

Holt held a 17-14 lead, but the Lady Jays took control from there with an 11-5 run the rest of the way.

Borgerding and Strode both had service runs and the match ended on a kill by Jenna Barnhart.

Diener finished the match with 16 digs for Washington. Kelly Gauzy added 10 digs and one assist.

Strode collected four kills, two digs, one block and one ace.

Borgerding registered three kills, three digs and one ace.

Barnhart contributed with three kills and one dig.

Kara Herron added two kills, two blocks, two digs and one assist.

Andrea Zoellner and Vollmer both had one kill. Vollmer also had two aces and one dig.

Paige Carpenter finished with eight assists, eight digs and one block.

Emily Voss added four assists and three digs. Rachel Meyer had two digs. Jessica Hamlett also saw playing time.

“I’m very proud of the girls this year and how they have continued to raise their level of play each week. There is a big difference on how we competed early in the season and how we are competing now,” Blankenship said. “It has been a true pleasure to coach this group of girls this season. They are extremely coachable and have turned into a very hard working group of girls.”


Playing on senior night, Washington ended the regular season Thursday with a home loss to Duchesne, 25-21, 25-21.

“Duchesne has a solid team. I wish we could have won for our seniors, but we just couldn’t get going,” Blankenship said. “Our seniors have been really amazing over the last four years. It’s a great group of kids who I’ve enjoyed coaching.”

Strode finished the match with five kills and three digs. Herron collected three kills, one block and one dig.

Barnhart added three kills and one dig. Zoellner also had three kills. Hamlett had two kills. Borgerding added one kill and one dig.

Diener finished with 15 digs, one kill and one ace. Vollmer had two digs and one block.

Voss registered 10 assists and three digs. Carpenter had five assists and five digs.

“The girls were dissappointed to lose, but we need to get excited about districts, and I know we will be,” Blankenship said. “We have a tough match against Pacific, but we’d like the chance to play Lafayette. It would be a great opportunity for us to see if we can do some damage against a powerhouse program.”


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