Victory, and area bragging rights, belong to the Hermann Lady Bearcats after a three-set win at Borgia Monday.
Hermann (24-6-1) defeated the Lady Knights in three games. The Lady Bearcats trailed Borgia (15-9-2) by a large margin through most of the first set before edging the Lady Knights, 27-25.
“It was a fun match once we got past 4-15 in the first set,” Hermann Head Coach Linda Lampkin said. “We were a little slow getting started. Our serve receive was our big nemesis in the first part of that set. Borgia was doing a nice job of pushing their passes to the net and they can pretty much run their offense the way they want to when they can do that. Once we started passing a little better it got a little more interesting. We got some big serves from Symantha Fredrick and Jessica Rood that helped us at the end of that first set.”
Borgia Head Coach Andrea Beaty gave credit to Hermann.
“Hermann has a very competitive team,” Beaty said. “They refuse to give up and they don’t go away. That first game, we were up and they fought back and beat us. We made a few changes in our lineup, but that shouldn’t make a difference. We were very disappointed to lose that first game, but it was also eye opening. I think the girls realized, that we need to take a note from Hermann. No matter how far a team is up on you, you should never give up.”
Borgia won the second game, 25-21, to force a third set.
“Borgia played really great defense in the second set,” Lampkin said. “They were digging up everything we were hitting at them. We needed to change tempo, but didn’t do a great job of that in that set.”
The Lady Bearcats prevailed to take it and the match, 25-17.
“It was a hard fought game so both teams were a little tired in the third,” Lampkin said. “We were fortunate to get a little lead in that game and were able to keep it. We were trying really hard to keep them from passing the ball to the net in that set and that proved to be very helpful for us.”
Rood led the Hermann offense with 11 kills. Brooke Grosse was next with 10.
Fredrick and Tess Schannuth each had seven kills. Emma Godat and Allison Stiers had three kills apiece.
Godat and Schannuth each had three blocks. Fredrick, Grosse and Stiers had one each.
Schannuth posted 19 assists. Stiers was next with 17. Caraline Brune posted four and Grosse added one.
Fredrick served three aces. Rood added two and Schannuth had one.
“All in all it was a great match and we feel fortunate to get that win,” Lampkin said.
Beaty said her middle hitters, Kaylee Parks and Sophie Straatmann, stepped up. Parks had eight kills and four block assists. Straatmann posted seven kills.
“We were getting our middles the ball as much as we could because they were very successful,” Beaty said. “They were working very hard in transition, and I am very happy with the way they played.”
Martha Glastetter posted a double-double with 11 kills and 16 digs. Paige Lynn recorded 28 digs.
“Martha Glastetter yet again was a huge contributor to our successful plays last night,” said Beaty. “Paige was everywhere on the court tonight. If the block wasn’t there she would make a great defensive play. She also did a great job leading her team. She did not get visibly frustrated, and she was sure to keep reminding our offense and other defensive players what to expect next from Hermann.”
Abby Lynn also received praise from Beaty with 30 assists.
“She played a very smart game, and her strategy was on point,” Beaty said. “Abby is very competitive, and does whatever it takes to score.”
Lessons learned from the game should help Borgia for the postseason.
“Overall, we learned a lot from this game, and this outcome is allowing our coaching staff to plan practice better,” Beaty said. “We only have one more regular season game, and then it is district. Our weaknesses from last night are things that we can easily change, so we are excited to get back in the gym and practice so we can better our chances of being successful in our upcoming games.”
The Lady Knights still can finish the season on a positive. Duchesne is coming to Borgia Wednesday and the Lady Knights need a win to clinch a share of the Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division title. With a Duchesne win, St. Dominic wins the crown outright.
It’s not expected to be easy. Duchesne took Borgia to three games in St. Charles Aug. 24.