Borgia downs New Haven in two sets - JV's winning streak ends

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Washington, Mo. – Monday night’s match had a different story ending compared to a year ago when New Haven upset Borgia for the first time in 27 years.  Monday night Borgia also ended the JV’s perfect 12-0 record in two sets.

Coach Brad Bruns said, “Last year’s loss at New Haven effected a lot of the girls on the team and one thing was they did not what that to happen again.”

New Haven jumped out to a quick lead in the first set thanks in part to three straight errors on Borgia followed by a Taylor Goad kill giving the Rocks a 4-0 lead.

Borgia came right back with Jordan Kriete serving nine straight points; causing New Haven troubles with their pass receive.

New Haven had several opportunities but became predictable setting to the left side numerous times in a row.  Coach Jaime Honer commented, “Our passes were off, keeping us from setting to our middle hitters.”

Borgia continued dominating the first set by running several quick middle sets and right outside attacks, causing New Haven troubles with getting their block set as the Knights went on to win the first set 25-12.

Photo by Rhonda Helling.

Bruns said, “Both sides were pretty much fired up tonight, the New Haven kids were loud, and anytime you play New Haven you can expect a good match.”

“When New Haven took their timeout we told our girls that basically let’s keep our foot on the gas pedal and don’t hit the breaks till the end.”

Kelsey Pecaut started off the second set with a kill, followed by Taylor Covington knocking down two kills, keeping the rocks with in one point early on.(4-3)

Borgia’s Erin Hillermann and Taylor Mentz gave the nights a lift, helping them to extend their lead after going on a killing spree, making it 11-3.

The Rocks battled back pulling within three, 13-10, but an unforced error on New Haven opened the door for Borgia and they took full advantage to finish off the Rocks 25-15.

Hoener said, “I am proud of how hard our girls played…they never gave in.  I don’t think the scores reflected how much closer the match really was.  I thought the second set we did a better job of looking to tip the ball and mix things up a little…we were just a little slow at making that decision at times.”

“Passing was great tonight, our blocking did a great job, and offensively we ran our offense.  When we’re able to run our normal offense generally good things happen and fortunately things worked out in our favor.”

Things will not get any easier for New Haven as they host Hermann on Tuesday night followed by Sullivan on Thursday night in Four Rivers Conference Action, both games beginning at 5:30 p.m

New Haven falls to 12-4 while Borgia improves to 10-5.  Borgia will travel to Kennedy on Wednesday night.