Fatima holds of Shamrocks from upset

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Rachel Steinhoff wins battle at the net giving New Haven a 20-16 lead in the first set.

New Haven, Mo. – Monday night the Lady Shamrocks gave the Fatima Lady Comets (21-3) a run for their money.  With the addition of sophomore Katie Peirick and running a new offense New Haven seemed reenergized and a completely different team than last Thursday in the Hermann Tournament.

New Haven put up a bigger fight than Fatima may had expected, but Fatima was able to find a way to win, edging out New Haven in two sets, 25-23, 25-20.

One of New Haven’s weakest and most inconsistent issues has been serving.  Monday night New Haven served the ball better than they have all year and affecting Fatima’s passing, which is their biggest strengths according to Fatima Coach Mark Bockstruck.

After the game Bockstruck said, “New Haven played outstanding volleyball especially with serves.  They served very aggressively and probably the most aggressive serves we have seen all year…usually our passers is one of our strong points but New Haven’s aggressive serving really threw us off guard and we had a tough time adjusting.”

The Shamrocks had everything going their way in the first set as they rallied after JoAnna Muenks tied the set at 15 with.  New Haven went on a five to one rally that began with Katie Pierick knocking down a kill followed by a Taylor Covington ace.

The Shamrock bench goes crazy after Fatima calls time out in the first set.

Before Bockstruck called a timeout Kelsey Peacut and Rachel Steinhoff knocked down two more kills and a 20-16 lead.

Coach Jamie Hoener said, “After their timeout we let them back in the game and when you do that great teams will make you pay.”

New Haven committed three straight errors and Fatima capitalized, giving them a 24-22 lead.  Kayla Meyer, out of no where smashed down power ally but Fatima turned right around, scoring set point of a kill of their own, 25-23.

The Rocks found themselves down 12-6 midway through the second set before Peacut rattled off four straight aces, pulling with in one. (12-11)

With the scored tied at 15 and New Haven yet to commit a service error, it could not have come at a worse time however the rocks responded with Peacut knocking down her sixth kill.  Tied at 16 history had to repeat itself as Steinhoff served the teams second serve into the net.

Hoener said, “Even after the two service errors the girls never gave up.  You have to credit Fatima for how well they played overall and taking advantage of a few of our mistakes.  But we were able to do the same particularly earlier in the set when Kelsey [Pecaut] served four aces, she served to the exact spots we called.”

Pictured is JoAnne Muenks.

Bockstruck was pleased with how his girls played.  “We have a tall front line and I thought we did a good job of setting the block, our setting was good… one of our strengths was a weakness tonight and credit to New Haven on how well they served.   They have really good team and played a great game.”

JoAnne Muenks had a game high nine kills and five blocks; as a team Fatima finished with 14 blocks.

For New Haven Pecaut had a team high seven kills and four aces.

New Haven will next travel to Pacific on Thurs. as they resume conference play, then off to St. Clair on Tues.

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