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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

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

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 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

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

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

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 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

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

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