Facing Lafayette for the third time this season, including the jamboree, the Borgia volleyball Lady Knights finally were able to take a set from the six-time defending Class 4 state champion.
Borgia, playing at home, won the middle set of Monday’s home match, 25-22. However, the Lady Lancers won the first and third matches, 25-18 and 25-20, to win the match however.
“What a great way to come back after a tough loss last Thursday (at the Hermann Tournament),” Borgia Head Coach Andrea Beaty said. “This was one of those losses that you can leave the gym still proud and happy. My girls came out a battled, and they made Lafayette earn every single point they got.”
Borgia (12-6-2) led Lafayette by a large margin both in the jamboree and the St. Joseph’s Academy Tournament of Champions against Lafayette, but couldn’t finish out either game.
“Overall, I could not be more proud of this group,” Beaty said. “The effort and heart they put in that game is something really special, even if an ‘L’ followed. This was not a failure, and it showed our girls that we can play with the best of the best, but we have to work hard and efficient.”
In Monday’s contest, Martha Glastetter led the Lady Knights with 12 kills. She made it a double-double with 12 digs.
“Martha Glastetter is such a staple to our team, and last night she proved that yet again,” Beaty said. “Martha is very consistent, and she does a great job with feedback. If the staff tells her something, she changes it right then and there. I am very proud of her leadership, and she continues to do a great job.”
Diana Pfeiffer recorded six kills while Grace Struttmann, Sophie Straatmann and Kaylee Parks each had four. Abby Lynn added three kills while Kara Voss had one.
Libero Paige Lynn led the defense with 22 digs.
“Paige played a perfect match,” Beaty said. “Even when we didn’t have a block, she was getting digs, and mind you she was getting those digs on very talented hitters. She was unstoppable, and really kept the energy up the whole night.”
After Glastetter, Abby Lynn and Voss each had seven digs. Gabby Mattli added six, and Struttmann and Straatmann each had four digs.
Chloe Brundick served three aces. Glastetter ended with two.
“Chloe Brundick had an excellent night,” Beaty said. “We knew in order to compete with Lafayette, we would need to get them out of system. Chloe went back every time and gave us her toughest serve. She did this fearlessly. She not only had three aces, but she kept the other side from passing well, which achieved our goal of getting them out of system. I am very proud of her play.”
Abby Lynn recorded 25 assists while her sister ended with three.
“Abby Lynn keeps on shining,” Beaty said. “I was very tough on her during our Washington match. A setter has to take on a lot of responsibility, and if your team isn’t doing well it is up to you to change it. That can be a lot of pressure, but Abby came out tonight and handled with crazy and enthusiasm. She kept Lafayette guessing, and she did a great job at switching things up with her offense.”
Straatmann had three blocks. Abby Lynn and Glastetter each ended with two blocks. Parks added one.
“My middles played a very smart ball game,” Beaty said. “Lafayette has very tall and physical athletes on their team, which can make it difficult for a middle to score. However Sophie and Kaylee got creative and found the open spots on the court.”
Borgia plays Tuesday at Rosati-Kain in Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division action.
Borgia hosts two league matches next week with Notre Dame coming Monday and St. Dominic visiting Tuesday. Borgia is 3-1 in AAA Large Division play.