Starting and ending with games against Lutheran South, the St. Francis Borgia Regional volleyball Lady Knights were sent to the Class 3 third-place match Friday in Cape Girardeau.
“It was a step up from two years ago,” Borgia Head Coach Andrea Beaty said. “Then, we didn’t even get to have a challenge game. This year, we got to that and Lutheran South outworked us. It’s tough because it’s one set. You don’t get the best two-out-of-three. When it comes down to one set, it’s tough to get it all put together. We fell a little short, but I’m super proud of the girls.”
Playing in the MSHSAA Class 3 Championships, Borgia and Lutheran South were tied after three pool play matches and had to play a tiebreaker set.
The Lady Lancers won that, 25-19, to advance to Saturday’s championship match against Logan-Rogersville at the Show-Me Center. Borgia moved into the third-place match against Pleasant Hill.
Borgia’s results from pool play were:
• Split with Lutheran South, 20-25, 25-19;
• Lost to Logan-Rogersville, 25-23, 25-16;
• Defeated Pleasant Hill, 27-25, 25-16; and
• Lost tiebreaker to Lutheran South, 25-19.
“It was a long day for us,” Borgia senior libero Paige Lynn said. “It was a very emotional game. We just weren’t the better team in the end.”
Logan-Rogersville went undefeated in pool play, going 3-0 in matches and 6-0 in games, to claim the top spot.
Both Borgia and Lutheran South were 1-1-1 in matches and 3-3 in games before the playoff set. Pleasant Hill was last, going 0-3 in matches and 0-6 in games.
“Our team chemistry just wasn’t there yesterday,” Borgia senior middle hitter Sophie Straatmann said. “We just weren’t all on at once and that was the problem. That’s what we needed.”
Beaty said her team was able to adapt this season.
“We’ve had a lot of ups and a lot of downs, but they stuck with it and had faith in each other,” Beaty said. “I think that’s why we’re here today. We kept up with it. We played a lot of tough teams to get here. I told the girls we’re playing for every team we beat to get here because they could be here, too. I think the girls played with grace and I’m very proud of them.”
In Borgia’s first match, the Lady Knights split with Lutheran South for the second time this season. The two teams also split in the Borgia Tournament during pool play.
Borgia was able to get the split this time despite being held to just 18 kills. The Lady Knights hit .096 while Lutheran South logged 31 kills and hit .220.
Ella Brinkmann was Borgia’s kills leader with eight. Caroline Glastetter was next with four while Abby Lynn had three kills. Sophie Straatmann added two kills and Diana Pfeiffer posted one.
Abby Lynn was the digs leader with 12. Brinkmann was next with eight while Paige Lynn and Annie Arand each had seven. Gabby Mattli closed with six digs, Pfeiffer ended with five and Straatmann and Glastetter had two digs each.
Abby Lynn had 14 assists. Paige Lynn, Glastetter and Mattli added one assist each.
Straatmann, Brinkmann and Lynnae Grus each had two block assists. Pfeiffer and Glastetter each added one.
Borgia had no service aces in the match.
Livie Sandt led Lutheran South with 11 kills while Peyton Van Nest was next with 10. Kasey Osborne posted six.
Van Nest had 15 assists and served an ace. Danielle Bishop also served an ace.
Bishop and Sandt each had 13 digs. Natalie Robinson posted 11 digs while Van Nest ended with nine and Jessica Mowry closed with eight digs.
Lutheran South had no blocks.
In the second pool match, the Lady Knights were swept by Logan-Rogersville, 25-23, 25-16. The first game was as close as any team came to taking a set from the state champions at the tournament.
Borgia hit .110 for the match with 20 kills. Logan-Rogersville hit .289 with 33 kills.
Brinkmann was Borgia’s leader in kills with seven. Straatmann ended with five while Grace Struttmann added three. Pfeiffer and Abby Lynn had two kills apiece and Grus added one.
Paige Lynn was the digs leader with nine. Abby Lynn and Mattli each had six digs while Brinkmann posted five, Pfeiffer and Struttmann each had two and Arand and Grus added one apiece.
Abby Lynn was credited with 20 assists.
Struttmann was the blocks leader with one solo block and two block assists. Brinkmann had one solo block. Straatmann and Grus each had one block assist.
Pfeiffer and Brinkmann each served one ace.
Birdie Hendrickson and Claire Taylor each had 12 kills for Logan-Rogersville. Gabby Massengale and Allie Gipson added three kills apiece.
Samantha Thompson dished out 26 assists. Hendrickson also had 14 digs and Taylor added nine. Thompason recorded seven digs.
Massengale and Hendrickson each had one solo block. Hendrickson added three aces.
Going into the final match, Borgia needed to sweep and get a sweep by Logan-Rogersville over Lutheran South to have a chance at making the title match.
Borgia took care of its part, 27-25, 25-16.
The Lady Knights had their best attacking match, hitting .296 with 27 kills. Pleasant Hill hit .175 with 17 kills.
Brinkmann was on fire for Borgia and she had 17 kills by herself while hitting .533.
Straatmann and Pfeiffer each had four kills. Abby Lynn and Struttmann ended with one kill apiece.
Paige Lynn recorded 15 digs while Abby Lynn was next with 11. Arand added six digs, Brinkmann posted four and Pfeiffer and Mattli each had two digs.
Abby Lynn had 21 assists. Paige Lynn added three while Straatmann and Pfeiffer had one assists apiece.
Abby Lynn served three aces. Paige Lynn and Anna Eckelkamp added two aces apiece and Arand served one.
Grus had two block assists. Abby Lynn, Brinkmann, Straatmann and Struttmann each had one.
Tera Reberry led Pleasant Hill with 11 points and Ana Hanes was next with four.
After three matches and six games, Borgia and Lutheran South were tied. With a spot in title match up for grabs, it came down to one set to 25 points.
Lutheran South hit .394 with 16 kills in winning the set, 25-19. Borgia hit .257 with 13 kills.
Brinkmann had six of the Borgia kills. Pfeiffer was next with three, Struttmann had two and Straatmann and Abby Lynn each had one.
Abby Lynn had seven assists. Eckelkamp and Grus were next with two digs each. Brinkmann and Mattli each had one dig.
Abby Lynn dished out 12 assists.
Brinkmann had a solo block. Abby Lynn and Grus combined for the other block.