While the postseason still is a couple of weeks away, the St. Francis Borgia Regional volleyball Lady Knights are making their case for a top seed.
Borgia (18-6-1) swept Lutheran St. Charles (20-2-2) Monday in St. Peters, 25-17, 25-23. The teams both are in Class 3 District 7 Tournament, which will be held at O’Fallon Christian.
The host O’Fallon Christian team (18-3-3) also has a case for the top seed and things could get very interesting at the top. The other district teams are Pacific, St. Charles West, Winfield and Wright City.
“What an unbelievable match last night,” Borgia Head Coach Andrea Beaty said. “The gym was loud and proud for both sides. We were lucky to have as many fans as we did. The Lutheran St. Charles gym is always fun to play in. Once the whistle was blown to shake hands, you could tell both Lutheran and Borgia were ready for a high-nergy battle, and that’s what happened.”
Beaty credited senior Paige Lynn with leading the defense.
“The defense on both sides were unreal,” Beaty said. “Last night was one of Paige’s best performances to date. I still can’t believe some of the balls she got up. You can tell that she is making the most of her last few weeks of being a high school volleyball player.”
Senior outside hitter Diana Pfeiffer was another standout, according to Beaty.
“Diana Pfeiffer also had a great night,” Beaty said. “She was hammering the line, and in tight situations she was finding a way to score. I am really excited about Diana’s improvements on blocking.”
Freshmen Ella Brinkmann and Annie Arand experienced their first meeting with Lutheran St. Charles and played like a veteran, Beaty indicated.
“Ella Brinkmann also shined tonight,” Beaty said. “Ella has a high volleyball IQ and a natural instinct for the game. Annie Arand made some big defensive plays. Annie loves getting the opportunity to run down the ‘impossible’ ball and she kept impressing us last night with her hustle.”
Junior setter Abby Lynn was another standout.
“I cannot stress enough how smart Abby Lynn was last night,” Beaty said. “She knew who to set in every situation, and got our hitters one on one most of the time. I would say the Lutheran’s passing overall as a team was better than ours last night, but Abby was able to turn one- and two-option passes into threes. She also is starting to expand her vision by paying attention to the other side of the court and finding the openings.”
Beaty said Borgia showed the necessary mental approach.
“I could go on and on about each kid on my team last night,” said Beaty. “It was truly a team effort, and they played like it was their last game. Overall I would say our defensive will and aggressive mindset won us that game. Now we need to figure out how to do this consistently while still fine tuning a few things. This game was very exciting, but we still need to stay focused and most importantly we need to find a consistency from set to set.”
Brinkmann led the team with eight kills. Pfeiffer was next with five. Lynnae Grus had three, Sophie Straatmann and Grace Struttmann each added two and Abby Lynn had one kill.
Paige Lynn ended with 12 digs. Arand had 10, Gabby Mattli added nine, Abby Lynn had six, Brinkmann posed four, Pfeiffer ended with two and Kara Voss and Straatmann had one dig apiece.
Abby Lynn served two aces while Pfeiffer, Brinkmann and Voss each had one.
Abby Lynn, Grus, Brinkmann and Straatmann had one block apiece.
Abby Lynn recorded 19 assists. Arand and Paige Lynn each had one.