Controlling its own destiny in MSHSAAA Class 3 state volleyball pool play, the Borgia Lady Knights finished with a sweep of Lutheran South, 25-14, 25-21.
Borgia finished pool play at the Show-Me Center in Cape Girardeau with a 5-1 record in sets, bets among Class 3 schools.
Borgia Head Coach Brad Bruns said Borgia had to wake up after dropping its first set to Carl Junction.
“There were three other very successful teams there,” Bruns said. “Unfortunately, you can’t have a bad day at state because it will affect you the next day. To play that many good teams in one tournament, I’m just proud of the girls for the way they didn’t let one loss beat them. They fought back and got what they wanted. They deserved it.”
Carl Junction finished out with a 4-2 record while St. Pius X of Kansas City finished at 2-4 and Lutheran South went 1-5. Bruns was able to get every player on the roster into the match, which was another positive.
“There’s a reason we have 14 players on the team,” Bruns said. “All 14 players are crucial, whether they’re in the game or not in the game. We all have our roles. It was so amazing to see the kids on the court and their reactions when we got a point. It was even more amazing to watch the kids who weren’t in the game and their reactions when we got a point. Everyone, all 14 girls, four managers and five coaches, was into that game and was excited. Everyone worked their tails off so this team would be successful. As a coach, I’m extremely proud and so blessed to be a part of the Borgia family.”
For the match, Borgia hit .238 with 24 kills and nine errors on 63 attempts. Lutheran South hit .121 with 17 kills and 10 errors on 58 attempts.
Borgia was paced offensively by freshman Audrey Arand, who registered seven kills.
Senior Sarah Geatley had six kills on 12 attempts.
Junior Jordan Kriete hit .714 with five kills on seven attempts.
Senior Janie Arand ended with three kills.
Sophomore Emma Kriete posted two kills.
Sophomore Liz Frederick concluded with one kill.
Janie Arand recorded 14 assists and Emma Kriete had three.
Borgia’s three aces were from Audrey Arand, Janie Arand and senior Clara Blatt.
Junior Alivia Brinker led the team with eight digs. Janie Arand was next with five. Audrey Arand, Jordan Kriete and junior Allie Marquart had three digs apiece. Emma Kriete ended with two digs while Blatt and junior Maddie Toelke each had one dig.
Frederick recorded one solo block.
Hillerman and Emma Kriete posted two block assists each.
Audrey Arand and Jordan Kriete each had one block assist.
Leketor Member-Meneh led Lutheran South with seven kills.
Kristina Piedimonte had eight assists and Kristina Adler added six.
Piedimonte led the team with five digs. Raechel Reinitz, Jennifer Meyer and Samantha Brinkmann each had four digs.
Member-Meneh had three solo blocks and one block assist. Emily Beining had one solo block and three block assists.