Lady Shamrocks send shockwave down highway 100 -- Stunning upset over Borgia Knights

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Photos by Kyle Quick

New Haven, Mo -- Wednesday night, the Borgia Knights came into New Haven ranked fourth in the STL Small Schools Poll with a 15-7-3 record.  The New Haven/Borgia rival dates back several decades whether it was in Volleyball or Basketball.

The Lady Rocks split sets with Borgia last week in the Hermann Tournament, which built a little hype over Wednesday night’s match.  It also happened to be pack the gym night, bringing a large number of students to cheer on the Rocks.

The stage was set, fans wired up, and the gym filled with energy.  The small public school of New Haven clashing with the private school of St. Francis Borgia.

New Haven’s Elise McDonald had a game high 12 kills and Borgia’s Sarah Geatley lead both teams with 4 blocks.  Kelsey Pecaut added 9 kills for the Rocks.

Pictured: McDonald records one of her 12 game high kills.

The Lady Rocks sent a shock wave down Highway 100, leaving the Knights stunned, losing in two sets. (28-26, 25-18)

Borgia came out strong in the first set mounting a 10-15 lead.  After a New Haven timeout, the Rocks battled back within one (15-16) lead by a block from Taylor Goad and an ace from Rachel Steinhoff.

Borgia would lead the entire first set until Pecaut smashed back-to-back kills giving the Rocks a 24-23 lead.  Borgia’s Geatley answered with a kill, (24-24) but McDonald and Pecaut would have the last say, firing back-to-back kills and winning the first set 28-26.

In the second set, the Rocks came out on fire and never cooled down. Borgia would continue to battle until the score was tied at 16.

The game changing play came from the senior McDonald, stuffing a Borgia attack and recording a kill off a block to put the rocks ahead. (17-16)

The Knights would only score two more points while the Lady Rocks went on a 9-2 run, with McDonald firing back-to-back kills to seal the deal and upsetting the 4th ranked Borgia Knights.

Pictured: Blake Willimann (birthday girl).

We interviewed coach Sharen Speckhals live immediately after the game. Speckhals said tonight’s game was a team effort.  We had Blake Willimann and Clara Albers make big plays, Steinhoff, Rachele Horstmann, Goad…everyone stepped up and we played as a team.

New Haven improves to 14-9 on the year and Borgia’s record falls  to 15-8.

The Rocks will play Tuesday at home against St. Clair.

StlHighSchoolSports updated their Small School's poll yesterday and after losing to New Haven, Borgia moved up to third in the state.

Pictured: Coach Speckhals celebrates with her team.