Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Borgia Uses Team Bonding to Outlast O'Fallon Christian

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Borgia Uses Team Bonding to Outlast O'Fallon Christian

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WASHINGTON, MO. * Borgia junior libero Paige Lynn said the road to the Knights' thrilling 26-24, 26-24 win over O'Fallon Christian on Tuesday in the Class 3 District 7 championship match actually began 48 hours earlier.

On the Lynn family farm in nearby Labadie.

"We bonded together Sunday night and decided we weren't going to lose," Lynn said. "For us, team bonding is important. It got us in the right frame of mind."

Explained senior middle blocker Kaylee Parks, "Everyone gets together and we do everything together and have a lot of fun."

The team sleepover gave the Knights a much-needed evening of relaxation. The players went on a hay ride, gathered around the bonfire, fixed some smores and watched scary movies.

"It's a tradition at Borgia," Knights coach Andrea Beaty said.

Winning also is a tradition at the Washington-based school.

The Knights captured their 20th successive district title with the win over O'Fallon Christian (25-3), which came into the contest as the No. 1 seed.

Borgia (19-10-2) advanced to sectional play Saturday and will face the District 5 winner.

The four-team sectional/quarterfinal quadrant will be held at the District 8 winner. California and Kirksville are the favorites there.

Borgia, which finished third at state last season, captured a district crown for the 29th time in the last 31 years and carries plenty of momentum.

And part of that momentum can be attributed to Sunday nights activities.

"Everyone on the team is close and that helps us work together so well," senior hitter Martha Glastetter said. "That's why we never panic or get down on ourselves."

The Knights needed every bit of a near-perfect effort to fend off the Eagles.

O'Fallon Christian held a 23-22 lead in the opener before the hosts reversed the trend with a 4-1 run.

Junior Grace Struttmann led a balanced attack with eight kills. Parks added seven and Sophia Straatmann had six as five different players recorded three successful spikes or more. …

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