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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 6:15 pm

While the Borgia volleyball Knights posted their second victory of the season this week, a winning streak eluded the team Thursday night.

Borgia won Wednesday on the road at North Tech, 25-21, 24-26, 25-23.

But, playing at Borgia Grade School Thursday, the Knights were thwarted by East St. Louis, 19-25, 25-20, 25-17.

“We thought after winning the first game, we might have a shot at pulling off two wins in a row,” Borgia Head Coach John Nieder said. “That wasn’t the case, unfortunately.”

Borgia plays Saturday in the Marquette JV Tournament starting at 10 a.m. The Knights are scheduled to take on Marquette and Oakville in that event.

Borgia returns to action with junior varsity home matches next week. The Knights will host St. Dominic Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. and St. Mary’s Thursday at 5 p.m.

Borgia hosts the Seckman JV team April 29 at 5 p.m. before finishing with varsity road matches at St. Mary’s May 1 at 5 p.m. and Bayless May 2 at 5 p.m.

North Tech

The Knights earned their second victory of the season Wednesday at North Tech. Borgia needed three games to win the match, 25-21, 24-26, 25-23.

The Knights looked to Korey Fumagalli, who recorded a double-double with 14 kills and four digs. He also added four blocks.

“Korey Fumagalli had another strong outing,” Nieder said.

Nieder said the Knights utilized a different lineup, moving Jimmy Pak to middle hitter.

“It worked out really well,” Nieder said. “Jacob Maune had been ailing a sore back which really hurt us during our last home match against Bayless. Jacob still played a limited amount of time and was a huge lift off the bench when needed.”

Pak recorded nine kills to go with 12 digs and four blocks.

Maune played long enough to record six kills, three blocks and two digs.

On the defensive side, Nieder credited Brendan Joyce and Nathan Bargen.

“Brendan and Nathan both did a fine job defensively,” Nieder said.

Joyce had one kill and 10 digs. Bargen ended with eight digs.

In the setting department, the pair of Blechle and Po-Chun Huang stepped up.

“Alex Blechle & Po-Chun both had one of their better setting performances,” Nieder said. “They are really starting to get more hitting involved in our offense.”

Blechle posted six kills, three digs and 21 assists. Huang recorded one kill and 14 assists.

Jacob Simily added one dig.

East St. Louis

Borgia had a golden chance to extend its winning streak to two matches Thursday, but fell to the East St. Louis Flyers in three games, 19-25, 25-20, 25-17.

Due to Borgia’s prom this week, the Ray DeGreeff Memorial Gymnasium was not available for the match. So, it was moved to the St. Francis Borgia Grade School Gym.

“I enjoyed it,” Nieder said. “Last year, we played North Tech at Our Lady of Lourdes. We ran into the same problem with the prom. This year, we decided to play here. This is really neat. It’s got a great atmosphere.”

East St. Louis was delayed due to traffic and the match started late.

“I don’t know if that worked for us or against us,” Nieder said. “We tried out a new lineup tonight. Jacob Maune still isn’t quite ready to go back to middle yet, so we’re still working with Jimmy and Korey out of the middles. We did quite fine. We did well.”

The Knights came out and took the first game, 25-19,

Borgia held a six-point lead, 18-12, before the Flyers came back to tie it. Maune put down a kill to give Borgia the lead and the Knights never looked back.

Borgia turned to Pak down the stretch and he contributed a kill and a block. Huang came up with an ace and Blechle recorded a kill to close out the win.

“That’s two good games in a row for Jim,” Nieder said. “He did very well in the last game. His defense and blocking is just phenomenal.”

In the second game, the teams traded the lead. Borgia was up 17-16 before a service error tied it. That was the break the Flyers needed to jump out to a 25-20 victory, ending it on a Borgia service error.

Going to a third game, Borgia led by four points at 10-6 before the Flyers came back to tie it at 11-11. That’s when one of the key moments of the game happened.

Fumagalli went up for a block but took the ball off the face.

Not only did East St. Louis earn the point when the ball flew out of bounds, but Fumagalli had to come out of the game.

“Korey got hit really hard,” Nieder said. “I don’t think anyone realized how hard he got hit. He turned to me right away and he had a bloody nose and a bloody lip. He took one off the face. He wanted to go right back in, but I wouldn’t let him until he got the blood off of him. I was proud of the way he came back.”

The Flyers ripped off three more points before Fumagalli was sufficiently ready to return to the lineup. Borgia trailed 15-11 and never came back.

“It was a deflater when Korey came out and I had to shuffle the lineup and pull somebody else to take his place,” Nieder said. “We went into a tailspin and couldn’t pull out. I’m still proud of how the kids keep fighting.”

Borgia fought back to within three points, 17-14, but the rest of the match belonged to the hard-hitting East St. Louis squad.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


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 at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

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

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

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

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

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

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

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 vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


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