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Posted: Friday, November 1, 2013 2:45 pm

Washington and Pacific slugged it out for the right to face the two-time defending state champions in the Class 4 District 3 Volleyball Tournament at Northwest High School.

After two competitive games, the fourth-seeded Lady Jays prevailed Tuesday over the fifth-seeded Lady Indians, 25-23, 26-24.

Washington (15-16-1) lost to top-seeded Lafayette Wednesday in the semifinals, 25-7, 25-15.

The Lancers (33-1-1) defeated second-seeded Eureka (16-11-3) in the championship match, 25-7, 25-11.

Pacific

Washington advanced to the semifinals with a win over Pacific.

“When you have the fourth and fifth seeds playing, that’s exactly how the game should have gone,” said Washington Head Coach Kym Blankenship. “I give Pacific a lot of credit. They are scrappy. It is so hard to get a ball down on them.”

It was a highly competitive match between the two Franklin County schools in the district tournament.

“All three of our matches against Washington this season came down to who was going to make the fewest mistakes. This time, we made too many little mistakes,” said Pacific Head Coach Janel Brown. “Washington did a nice job of blocking our outside attacks. We did adjust and started hitting the line shot, which helped us score points.”

Pacific (12-14-1) led 24-21 in the second game, but couldn’t close it out.

“Washington started running a slide attack, which we did not defend well. Our defense had played fairly strong in set two, but at crunch time, we were not in the correct spot to make a good pass,” Brown said. “We missed a key serve after Washington called a timeout, which hurt. We had the momentum up until that missed served.”

Jenna Barnhart collected seven kills and five digs for the Lady Jays. Kara Herron and Andrea Zoellner both added four kills.

Olivia Strode finished with three kills and 10 digs. Sarah Borgerding added three kills and one ace. Amanda Vollmer had two kills.

Emily Voss registered 12 assists and three digs. Paige Carpenter had nine assists, one dig and one ace.

Erica Diener finished with 22 digs and one ace.

“I told the girls that we had to have the desire to win in two because we did not want to play three games with these guys,” Blankenship said. “We have to beat the teams we can beat, and we were able to do that. It’s nice to have Pacific in our district. They’re a good program.”

In her final match at Pacific, senior Ashley Hill collected 17 digs and six kills.

Ellen Rogers added 17 digs, one kill and one block. Gabriella Sauvage had 19 assists, two blocks and one dig. Kate Cookson finished with seven kills, four digs and one ace.

Cailley Bausch had eight digs and one ace. Madyson Bastean connected for four kills and two digs. Brigid Toney had two kills and one dig. Charla Jackson added three digs.

“Overall, we had a good season. The girls played hard and always gave their best. I never felt like they gave up on the team. This group is always very competitive and was competitive in all our matches,” Brown said. “We had our ups and downs, but we always learned from our mistakes and improved. We played in the semifinals of the Hermann Tournament, which was a surprise to me. At times, this team exceeded my expectations.”

Ashley Whitmore and Hill are Pacific’s two seniors.

“Ashley Hill and Ashley Whitmore will be missed. Hill has been on varsity for four years and has given this team so much. She was our strongest player at times and our leader,” Brown said. “Whitmore was hurt most of the season, but she came back strong and did a nice job of serving for the team.”

Lafayette

Washington’s performance against Lafayette improved throughout the match.

“We doubled our score from the first game to the second game. One of my goals was to get them to take a timeout, which they did. We had to let the fear come in, settle in and then leave, and I think that’s what the first game was all about,” Blankenship said. “We’ve never seen that caliber of hitting before. Their serves were harder than anything we’ve ever seen. Just getting over the shock of the intensity of that team was the challenge. I told the girls to embrace the fear, and then let it go. We couldn’t back down.”

The Lady Jays trailed 20-15 in the second game.

“When we hit the ball, they didn’t dig it all the time. We got some touches on the block,” Blankenship said. “A couple of errors crept in like missing serves and touching the net, but overall, I’m happy that we didn’t back down in the second game. There’s a lot of fight in our girls.”

Diener collected eight digs and one kill. Vollmer added three digs and two kills. Zoellner had two kills and two digs. Herron had two kills and Barnhart added one.

Rachel Meyer finished with two digs. Kelly Gauzy had one dig.

Voss finished with five assists and one dig. Carpenter had one assist.

“Erica played her tail off. She’s been our rock this year. I can always count on the same caliber of play from her,” Blankenship said. “Tonight, she got touches that I truly believe a lot of girls on other teams wouldn’t have. She did an amazing job. She was fearless. Once our offense backed her up,we got something going in the second game.”

Washington’s six seniors are Jessica Hamlett, Rachel Meyer, Kelly Gauzy, Herron, Strode and Diener.

“We have six seniors, and I’ll miss all of them. They are amazing kids,” Blankenship said. “This is the best group I’ve coached in a long time. They’re hard workers and extremely coachable. They want to get better. A coach can’t ask for more. I really think we got the best out of them this year. The parents have been wonderful. It’s been a very rewarding season.”

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Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Northwest vs. Hillsboro   5:30 p.m.

~Chamois vs. New Haven    6 p.m.

~Warrenton vs. Wright City    6 p.m.

^Union vs. St. Clair    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Montgomery Co    7:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. St. James    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Washington    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Borgia at Notre Dame    6:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union vs. Wentzville Liberty   4 p.m.

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Pacific vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — St. Clair vs. Holt   7 p.m.

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington vs. Warrenton    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament

Wrestling

Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Union at Farmington/Summit    5 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James/Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Washington at Seckman    6 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    TBA

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at Potosi/Festus    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

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

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games

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