KANSAS CITY, Mo. • St. Pius X knew it had a steep hill to climb against Hermann in the Class 2 girls volleyball championship match at Municipal Auditorium on Saturday.
Hermann had the history (10 state titles) and swept St. Pius in the semifinal round-robin on Friday.
The hill proved to be too steep.
Hermann swept St. Pius again 25-18, 25-20 for its 11th state championship. Shelby Winkelmann led Hermann (34-4-3 overall) with 15 kills and Kaitlyn Laboube had 24 assists.
"They gave it a great fight and they took some big swings and they were in it," St. Pius coach Karrie Hermann said of her team. "I'm very proud of them."
Hermann went on a 5-1 run in game one to take a 17-13 lead. Three different Bearcats had kills during the run, and St. Pius (25-10-3) got no closer than three the rest of the game.
Hermann finally shook the pesky St. Pius squad in Game 2 after a Winkelmann kill and a combination block between Winkelmann and Brooke Witthaus made it 24-19. Hermann won the title on a St. Pius service error.
Amie Held led St. Pius with 17 kills, and Olivia Richardson had 19 assists.
BORGIA FALLS SHORT
Borgia couldn't derail the O'Hara express, falling 25-13, 25-21 in the Class 3 championship match.
Iowa State recruit Victoria Hurtt dominated for O'Hara, racking up 16 kills. Michala Boehm added 13, and Lindsey Hanaway had 27 assists.
Kristina Fitzpatrick led Borgia (25-13-1) with nine kills, while Sarah Braun had 11 assists.
In an emotional moment, Katie Politte was announced as a Borgia starter. Politte, a standout hitter, was lost during the season to a knee injury.
"The opportunity to get up here and experience this, the kids talk about this all their lives," Borgia coach Mike Tyree said. "We came close the last couple of years, and I'm glad these kids got to experience it."
It was the fourth consecutive state title and seventh overall for O'Hara (34-6).