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Posted: Friday, November 1, 2013 2:45 pm

Washington and Pacific slugged it out for the right to face the two-time defending state champions in the Class 4 District 3 Volleyball Tournament at Northwest High School.

After two competitive games, the fourth-seeded Lady Jays prevailed Tuesday over the fifth-seeded Lady Indians, 25-23, 26-24.

Washington (15-16-1) lost to top-seeded Lafayette Wednesday in the semifinals, 25-7, 25-15.

The Lancers (33-1-1) defeated second-seeded Eureka (16-11-3) in the championship match, 25-7, 25-11.

Pacific

Washington advanced to the semifinals with a win over Pacific.

“When you have the fourth and fifth seeds playing, that’s exactly how the game should have gone,” said Washington Head Coach Kym Blankenship. “I give Pacific a lot of credit. They are scrappy. It is so hard to get a ball down on them.”

It was a highly competitive match between the two Franklin County schools in the district tournament.

“All three of our matches against Washington this season came down to who was going to make the fewest mistakes. This time, we made too many little mistakes,” said Pacific Head Coach Janel Brown. “Washington did a nice job of blocking our outside attacks. We did adjust and started hitting the line shot, which helped us score points.”

Pacific (12-14-1) led 24-21 in the second game, but couldn’t close it out.

“Washington started running a slide attack, which we did not defend well. Our defense had played fairly strong in set two, but at crunch time, we were not in the correct spot to make a good pass,” Brown said. “We missed a key serve after Washington called a timeout, which hurt. We had the momentum up until that missed served.”

Jenna Barnhart collected seven kills and five digs for the Lady Jays. Kara Herron and Andrea Zoellner both added four kills.

Olivia Strode finished with three kills and 10 digs. Sarah Borgerding added three kills and one ace. Amanda Vollmer had two kills.

Emily Voss registered 12 assists and three digs. Paige Carpenter had nine assists, one dig and one ace.

Erica Diener finished with 22 digs and one ace.

“I told the girls that we had to have the desire to win in two because we did not want to play three games with these guys,” Blankenship said. “We have to beat the teams we can beat, and we were able to do that. It’s nice to have Pacific in our district. They’re a good program.”

In her final match at Pacific, senior Ashley Hill collected 17 digs and six kills.

Ellen Rogers added 17 digs, one kill and one block. Gabriella Sauvage had 19 assists, two blocks and one dig. Kate Cookson finished with seven kills, four digs and one ace.

Cailley Bausch had eight digs and one ace. Madyson Bastean connected for four kills and two digs. Brigid Toney had two kills and one dig. Charla Jackson added three digs.

“Overall, we had a good season. The girls played hard and always gave their best. I never felt like they gave up on the team. This group is always very competitive and was competitive in all our matches,” Brown said. “We had our ups and downs, but we always learned from our mistakes and improved. We played in the semifinals of the Hermann Tournament, which was a surprise to me. At times, this team exceeded my expectations.”

Ashley Whitmore and Hill are Pacific’s two seniors.

“Ashley Hill and Ashley Whitmore will be missed. Hill has been on varsity for four years and has given this team so much. She was our strongest player at times and our leader,” Brown said. “Whitmore was hurt most of the season, but she came back strong and did a nice job of serving for the team.”

Lafayette

Washington’s performance against Lafayette improved throughout the match.

“We doubled our score from the first game to the second game. One of my goals was to get them to take a timeout, which they did. We had to let the fear come in, settle in and then leave, and I think that’s what the first game was all about,” Blankenship said. “We’ve never seen that caliber of hitting before. Their serves were harder than anything we’ve ever seen. Just getting over the shock of the intensity of that team was the challenge. I told the girls to embrace the fear, and then let it go. We couldn’t back down.”

The Lady Jays trailed 20-15 in the second game.

“When we hit the ball, they didn’t dig it all the time. We got some touches on the block,” Blankenship said. “A couple of errors crept in like missing serves and touching the net, but overall, I’m happy that we didn’t back down in the second game. There’s a lot of fight in our girls.”

Diener collected eight digs and one kill. Vollmer added three digs and two kills. Zoellner had two kills and two digs. Herron had two kills and Barnhart added one.

Rachel Meyer finished with two digs. Kelly Gauzy had one dig.

Voss finished with five assists and one dig. Carpenter had one assist.

“Erica played her tail off. She’s been our rock this year. I can always count on the same caliber of play from her,” Blankenship said. “Tonight, she got touches that I truly believe a lot of girls on other teams wouldn’t have. She did an amazing job. She was fearless. Once our offense backed her up,we got something going in the second game.”

Washington’s six seniors are Jessica Hamlett, Rachel Meyer, Kelly Gauzy, Herron, Strode and Diener.

“We have six seniors, and I’ll miss all of them. They are amazing kids,” Blankenship said. “This is the best group I’ve coached in a long time. They’re hard workers and extremely coachable. They want to get better. A coach can’t ask for more. I really think we got the best out of them this year. The parents have been wonderful. It’s been a very rewarding season.”

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Volleyball

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Potosi def. Union, 18-25, 25-18, 25-15

Francis Howell C def. Washington, 25-19, 25-22

Farmington def. Pacific, 25-23, 22-25, 25-8

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Borgia def. Cardinal Ritter, 25-3, 25-3

Wednesday, Aug. 27

ECC def. Central Methodist JV, 25-12, 25-14, 25-15

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Borgia def. Notre Dame, 25-15, 25-8

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt South

Union def. Battle, 25-17, 25-11

Pacific def. Seckman, 25-17, 20-25, 30-28

Hermann at Jefferson City    5:30 p.m.

Belle at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Linn at Owensville    6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Softball

Saturday, Aug. 23

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington 21, St. Clair 0

G2 Pacific 15, Liberty 3

G3 Farmington 15, Union 0

G4 Park Hills Central 4, Borgia 2

G5 Liberty 6, St. Clair 5

G6 Union 9, Borgia 2

G7 Washington 5, Pacific 4

G8 Farmington 5, Park Hills Central 2

Consolation — Union vs. Liberty Postponed due to heat

Seventh Place — Borgia 16, St. Clair 0

Championship — Farmington 5, Washington 0

Third Place — Park Hills Central 7, Pacific 6

Monday, Aug. 25

*Borgia 5, Notre Dame 4 (8 innings)

Union 14, Rolla 7

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Westminster Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Ft. Zumwalt S 5, Washington 2

Warrenton 4, Union 3

Duchesne 10, Pacific 5

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City 6, St. Clair 2

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific, PPD to Sept. 5

Thursday, Aug. 28

St. Clair 3, Borgia 2

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washingto, PPD

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Pacific at Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union 1, St. James 0

Fredericktown 4, St. Clair 1

Pacific 2, Hillsboro 0

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union, PPD

Thursday, Aug. 28

Union at De Soto    5 p.m.

Pacific at North County    5 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5 p.m.

*St. Mary’s 4, Borgia 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

#Washington at Francis Howell North, 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Friday, Aug. 22

Sullivan at Fleet Feet Inv    4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at Parkway Central Inv    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

St. Clair at First Capitol Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Lafayette Inv    9 a.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Aug. 25

Borgia 215, Washington 241

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia 280, Lutheran St. Charles 284, Washington 292

Boys Swimming

Friday, Aug. 29

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Inv    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

@Fort Scott Tournament

#Parkway West/Northwest Tournament

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