In recent years, a volleyball matchup with St. Dominic has led to one thing for the Borgia Lady Knights: frustration.
However, St. Dominic’s run of domination ended Tuesday as the Lady Knights prevailed at home, 25-21, 17-25, 26-24.
“It was a big win for us,” Beaty said. “St. Dominic is a powerful force and they never give up. This is the type of win we needed as we get closer to postseason. That third set we were neck-and-neck the whole game, and fell a few points behind a couple of times. We were down 23-21 and came back and won. It was an exciting game, and that is quite the accomplishment after a team that talented gets up on you. The girls stayed focused and determined. They weren’t going to leave that court without the ‘W.’ ”
Borgia (15-7-2, 6-1) can win a share of the league title if it can beat Duchesne next Wednesday at home.
St. Dominic (15-7-2, 7-1), which won the Borgia Tournament as well this season, ended its league campaign with the loss.
Borgia turned to senior Martha Glastetter to pace the attack and she responded with 12 kills.
Six other players also contributed kills in the match. Kaylee Parks, Borgia’s other senior, knocked down seven. Abby Lynn had six kills while Diana Pfeiffer, Sophie Straatmann and Grace Struttmann each had five kills. Kara Voss added one kill.
Defensively, libero Paige Lynn paced the team with 27 digs. Glastetter had 13 and Gabby Mattli added 12. Voss posted four and Pfeiffer added one.
“Defense was on point,” said Beaty. “Paige led the group and Martha Glastetter. Kara Voss was a defensive monster last night. She was making plays that not only kept us in the game, but gave us the momentum we needed in order to win.”
Abby Lynn recorded 34 assists, four blocks as well and the lone ace.
“Abby Lynn was a huge reason why we succeeded,” Beaty said. “She was aggressive at the net, dumping and blocking wise, and you can see how confident she was in running our offense. I am very proud of the decisions Abby made and the strategy she used in order to score. She is a gamer, and I am so excited by how consistent and well she has been playing. More importantly though, she has become a strong leader on this team.”
Straatmann had three and Parks added two blocks apiece.
“Sophie and Kaylee also had great nights,” said Beaty. “I am very hard on both of them at practice and in games, but they stay focused and really take what the coaching staff has to say and incorporated it into the game. Sophie ended the game with a big block, which was very exciting.”
Beaty said the win will be a huge boost.
“The girls wanted this win badly,” Beaty said. “We have struggled playing St. Dominic for a long time, and they really want that co-championship. We have one more game against Duchesne, which will determine our final standings, and the girls are already pumped to play them. That will also be our senior night. I am beyond proud of the girls for their performance, but we still have many more goals we need to accomplish. So we are taking this win and enjoying it, but we are also preparing for our next game.”
Borgia was swept Thursday on the road by Francis Howell (25-4-1), 25-14, 25-12. Statistics were not available as of deadline Friday.