Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Roundup: Borgia Moves on to State; Lafayette, Lutheran South, Hermann Also Advance

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Roundup: Borgia Moves on to State; Lafayette, Lutheran South, Hermann Also Advance

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Borgia outlasts IWA for Class 3 state bid

Ella Brinkmann's days as a freshman gofer on the Borgia volleyball team were limited right from the start.

The 5-foot-7-inch outside hitter spent a week in late August getting used to her environs on the veteran-based squad.

Along the way, she had to undergo her share of menial newcomer chores like fetching water bottles and handing out towels during breaks in practice.

Those days are a distant memory.

"Now, we get the water for her," said Borgia senior libero Paige Lynn.

Brinkmann turned in a dominating six-rotation performance on Saturday to lead the Knights to a thrilling 25-13, 27-29, 25-18 win over Incarnate Word in a Class 3 state quarterfinal match at Visitation.

Borgia (26-7-1) will join Lutheran South (22-10-4), Logan-Rogersville (37-2) and Pleasant Hill (27-10-1) at the state tournament, which begins with pool play on Friday at the Show Me Center on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau.

The Knights, who have won seven in a row, are making their 19th final four appearance and have won 10 state titles, the last came in 2013.

Eureka reaches first final four - Eureka junior Julia Davis even surprised herself.

Davis, a 5-foot-11 middle hitter, came up with three blocks for the Wildcats with their season and a trip to state in the balance against Francis Howell in the Class 4 volleyball quarterfinals at Pattonville High on Saturday.

The wall Davis built at the net swung the momentum Eureka's way en route to a 25-20, 24-26, 25-21 victory.

Eureka (29-8-1), No. 6 in the STLhighschoolsports large school rankings, advanced to final four pool play for the first time in school history.

Davis' blocks were especially surprising considering the Wildcats had struggled in that aspect this season.

Hannah Feltz put down 12 kills, Regan Inglis and Victoria Penick each had eight kills and Madison Scheer added six spikes for Eureka. …

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