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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

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

Mehlville vs. Northwest    noon

Festus vs. Patriettes    1:30 p.m.

Oakville vs. Seckman    3 p.m.

Pacific vs. Carnahan    4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 27

Seckman Tournament

Festus-Patriettes loser vs. Mehville-Northwest loser    noon

Pacific-Carnahan loser vs. Oakville-Seckman loser    1:30 p.m.

Festus-Patriettes winner vs. Mehville-Northwest winner    3 p.m.

Pacific-Carnahan winner vs. Oakville-Seckman winner    4:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 29

Seckman Tournament

Seventh-place game    1:30 p.m.

Third-place game    1:30 p.m.

Consolation game    3 p.m.

Championship game    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

Wrestling

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

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