The balloons her family had were not a tipoff to Cardinal O’Hara volleyball player Charlee Borcky that something was up before the Lions’ 3-0 Catholic League victory over Bonner & Prendergast Tuesday night.
Neither were the flowers.
Borcky was so zeroed in as she warmed up for the match that the senior had no idea she was about to be honored for breaking O’Hara’s career record for aces.
“I didn’t see anything,” Borcky said. “I wasn’t paying attention. The next thing I know Coach (Bill) Collins calls me out on the court and I see my parents, my sister and my niece walking toward me with balloons and flowers.”
The celebration was a long time coming. Borcky, who has 160 career aces, tied Sue Caramanico’s career mark of 148 in O’Hara’s win over West Catholic on Sept. 29. She had the chance to break the record the next day against Ridley, but came up short.
Borcky finally moved into first place in a victory over St. Hubert Oct. 4.
“We wanted to honor her at home, but since the next four matches after Ridley were on the road we decided to wait until (Tuesday night),” Collins said.
The timing was perfect. Tuesday also was “Vest-a-Cop” night at O’Hara, a charity event in which $1,230 was raised to purchase bullet proof vests for local police officers, so there was a nice crowd on hand, Collins said.
“It means a lot,” Borcky said of setting the record. “I’ve worked hard for four years and I wanted to leave my mark on this program.”
As the for the match, Borcky had 12 kills, two more aces and four digs as the Lions won, 25-16, 25-10, 25-12. Meghan MacWilliams added 32 assists, three aces and three digs, while Breana Hickhey had seven kills, two aces and eight digs.
Caroline Goggin had eight digs and Molly Ryan contributed five kills for the Pandas.
In nonleague action:
Garnet Valley 3, Rustin 0 >> Dolce Whitwell’s kill in the third set finished off a 25-22, 25-20, 26-24 victory for the Jaguars (15-2). Erin Patterson (10 kills), Juliane Hurley (five kills, three blocks), Sydney Portale (nine kills) and Gabby Davis (30 assists) also came up big for GV.
W.C. East 3, Ridley 0 >> Bridget Durante had 19 digs and four kills as the Green Raiders fell 25-6, 25-13, 25-19. Jackie Kelly added 14 digs and four kills, while Kayla Nespoli also had four kills.