In recent years, it’s been a high-stakes rivalry.
Borgia and Villa Duchesne have met each other in the sectional event several times in recent years with the victory usually securing a trip to the MSHSAA State Tournament.
While Monday’s match in Frontenac didn’t determine a state qualifier, Borgia (8-2-1) was happy with the result, a 25-19, 25-8 victory.
“We had a great game against Villa Duchesne,” Borgia Head Coach Andrea Beaty said. “After coming off a tough loss against St. Dominic last week, we came into practice Sunday very focused and ready to improve. I think the girls were still feeling that loss and used it as motivation to prove something.”
Beaty said there were many standouts.
“Grace Struttmann had a phenomenal game,” Beaty said. “She had a team high of six kills on 16 swings with no errors. She brought a spark to the team, and her energy is a huge reason why we were successful.”
Senior Kaylee Parks also stepped up.
“Kaylee Parks had another very impressive and efficient night,” said Beaty. “She hit a .667 with four kills on six attempts with no errors. She has been doing a great job at seeing the court, and finding the open spots in order to score.”
Lynnae Grus stepped into the lineup and took advantage of the opportunity.
“Lynnae Grus had a great night last night as well,” Beaty said. “She hit a .667 with two kills on three attempts. Lynnae’s energy is such a positive force for this team. She came in that second game, ready to go and make a difference on the court, and she sure did.”
Running the offense was setter Abby Lynn.
“Abby Lynn did a great job running our offense and she is becoming more and more aggressive as an offensive option as well,” Beaty said.
Defensively, Beaty credited Paige Lynn and Gabby Mattli as being standouts.
“Paige did a great job running our defensive team leading with 14 digs,” Beaty said. “Mattli was behind her with eight. Those two do a really good job together in the back row. They never give up.”
The Lady Knights play Tuesday at Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division match at Notre Dame.
“We are very excited about this win, but we are staying focused on each game,” Beaty said. “We have Notre Dame tonight, and then the tough St. Joe Tournament of Champions this weekend.”
The Lady Knights play Saturday at the St. Joseph’s Academy Tournament of Champions and are in Tuesday’s pool of next week’s Hermann Tournament.
Borgia has been placed into Pool B along with St. James Academy (Kan.), Lafayette and Cor Jesu.
Pool A consists of Briarcrest (Tenn.), St. Joseph’s Academy, Helias and St. Pius X (Festus).
Borgia opens with St. James Academy at 9 a.m. and then plays Lafayette immediately after that.
The Lady Knights close with Cor Jesu around 11:30 a.m.
All eight teams go into bracket play, which is expected to start around 1 p.m.
At Hermann Tuesday, the Lady Knights will play Hermann, Owensville and Montgomery County during pool play.