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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


Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    7 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    7 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    7 p.m.

Ash Grove at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Brentwood    7 p.m.

*St. Charles West at Warrenton    7 p.m.

South Callaway at Wright City     7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

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

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


Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    3:30 p.m.

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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