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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

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Washington    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union vs. Wentzville Liberty   4 p.m.

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Pacific vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — St. Clair vs. Holt   7 p.m.

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington vs. Warrenton    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games