Borgia Volleyball Beats Hermann, Festus
By Bill Battle
Missourian Sports Editor
September 9, 2011
Two of Missouri’s most successful volleyball programs clashed Tuesday at Borgia.
And the host Lady Knights, owners of nine MSHSAA state championships, defeated 11-time state winner Hermann in two games, 25-19, 25-16.
“You’ve got to tip your hat to Hermann,” Tyree said. “They’re a fine ballclub. They’ve got great jump servers. They put pressure on you and keep the ball in play.”
Both teams are in a similar situation this season as they each graduated large senior groups last season.
“I feel like both teams are in kind of a rebuilding mode,” Hermann Head Coach Linda Lampkin said. “It is early and sometimes that makes for some pretty erratic volleyball. Our inexperience really showed up on defense. It seems like we could rally with them for a while, but in the long run, they won most of the long rallies. Borgia did a much better job of playing defense than we did.”
Borgia, which finished second in the Class 3 state tournament in 2010, managed to pull together quicker to beat the defending Class 2 champion Hermann in two games.
Both sets were close early, but Borgia was able to pull away to record the victory. It was the second year in a row that Borgia has won the regular season meeting and ended a two-year run by visiting teams in the showdown.
Borgia was paced by senior Kristina Fitzpatrick, who ended with eight kills while hitting .500. The Baylor recruit moved from outside hitter to rightside hitter for the match and Tyree feels the switch worked well.
“I was impressed with putting Krissi on the right side,” Tyree said. “I think that gives her more options. She gets a good block. She has the ability to set the ball. When you can run slides and attack the ball like she does from the back side, that just opens up so much for us. I was impressed.”
Katie Lindemann hit .556 with six kills and Taylor Mentz hit .313 with six kills.
“I thought Taylor Mentz did a nice job on the outside,” Tyree said. “She’s coming off a knee injury, so Molly Arand went in and played back row for her. Molly did a stellar job for being in for the first time as a freshman. When Taylor gets a little rest, she does a nice job for us offensively.”
Hanna Glastetter added five kills while Janie Arand had two kills and Sarah Geatley ended with one.
Tyree praised the play of Janie Arand, who was Borgia’s setter.
“What a nice job Janie Arand did tonight,” Tyree said. “She kept the ball in play a lot of times. Kudos to our defense. I thought they played better.”
Arand also paced Borgia’s setters with 20 set assists. Bryggen Korte had two while Fitzpatrick and Mentz each ended with one.
At the net, Glastetter had two total blocks with one solo and one assist. Arand ended with one block assist.
Fitzpatrick led the team with 12 digs while Korte posted nine, Janie Arand ended with five, Molly Arand and Mentz each had three and Clara Blatt, Glastetter and Lindemann each had one dig.
Blatt and Fitzpatrick each served one ace.
Lampkin said Hermann served well.
“I was pleased with our serving,” Lampkin said. “I felt like we were able to put some pressure on them from the serving line. Hannah Steinbeck really did some tough jump serving for us.”
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