Long time rivals clash -- Hermann makes quick work of the Shamrocks

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Pictured above: Natalle Witte

Two towns separated by 15 miles and both with rich traditions in volleyball. You can expect a packed house every time Hermann and New Haven collide in the season's conference match.

Regardless of either teams overall record, when two rival teams face off it will be a battle to the end.  Just like anytime Mizzou and Kansas meet up, expect hostile crowds, amazing plays, and buzzer beating wins.

Last night's game was somewhat anticlimactic, Hermann came out and set the tone early on, never looking back and beating New Haven in straight sets. (25-12, 25-22)

Hermann’s Senior Laura Rethemeyer led her team with a game high nine kill, two blocks, three aces, and five service points.  Call her "Rockemeyer" cause she rocked the house last night.  Senior Hannah Steinbeck added seven kills and the two seniors stepped up like seniors should.

Pictured left: Elise McDonald

New Haven’s Senior Elise McDonald had a team high six kills, five in the second set, trying to rally her team, but it was too little too late.

New Haven’s serving has been the team’s strength all year with an average of four service errors a game.  Coach Linda Lampkin said, “Serving has been our biggest issues in games and that’s one thing we need to work on.”  Hermann has been averaging 14 service errors a game.

The first set was all Hermann making quick work of New Haven. (25-12) The Shamrocks did not help themselves by committing 14 errors with most of them being unforced.

Pictured right: Witte(3) and Gleeson(10) attempt to block Pecaut(2).

The Lady Bearcats let New Haven hang around in the second set committing 14 errors, keeping the set close and some life to New Haven.

The Rocks deserve credit; they took advantage of Hermann’s errors. McDonald demolished a kill followed by an ace tying the game at 22 a piece.  On the ensuing play “Rockemeyer” answered, by throwing down her ninth kill, followed by an attack error on New Haven and Abby Witthaus’s kill sealed the deal. (25-22)

New Haven and Hermann will both have conference games Thursday; Hermann hosting St. Clair and New Haven will travel to Sullivan.