New Haven folds in third place match to Pacific – A look ahead leading up to districts

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Sophomore Katie Peirick got hops, recording one of her eight kills against Pacific.

Hermann, Mo. – Coming off a two set loss to Borgia in the semifinals of the Hermann Volleyball Tournament, the Lady Shamrocks faced the Lady Indians in the third place match in Thursday’s tournament finals.

Coach Jaime Hoener made a change in her lineup for Thursday playing sophomore Katie Peirick. Peirick had play some during pool play however on Thursday Peirick played in both games only having libero Meghan Brown coming into serve for her, which Hoener said, “Meghan did a good job of serving.”

Taylor Covington jump-starts New Haven in the first set with a game opening kill.

Coach Hoener told the her team after their loss to Borgia, “Yes we lost the first game but there is still hardware to be won and we can still make this a very good night and there is still something to play for.  Get yourself in a good frame of mind so we are ready to play this second game.”

Hoener also said, “It was a lot to ask of her to come in and play all around with very little varsity experience but I thought she handled it very well.”

New Haven came out in the first set seeming to be in a “good frame of mind.”

New Haven began the first set with Taylor Covington  smashing a kill followed by a Covington and Peirick block and an ace by Kelsey Pecaut giving New Haven a 4-1 lead.  The Shamrocks extended their lead (21-14) after Covington smacked down her second kill in the set.

Pacific (stats unavailable) mounted a comeback making it 24-23, however the Shamrocks were able to hang on to a 25-23 first set win.

Megan Bauer finished with a team high 14 assists.

New Haven handed Pacific the second set after Covington put up a block for a kill making it 14-14.  “We were getting the first ball passed a lot of the time, the second ball was anybody’s game.  We weren’t able to move the ball and not quite able to complete the play,” Coach Hoener said afterwards.

New Haven went on committing 11 errors and Pacific taking the second set 25-18.

Hoener said, “If we could get our attackers ready to go they were able to do some things with the sets, but we didn’t always get that second ball set.”

Rachel Steinhoff records a big kill in the third set, keeping New Haven alive and her eighth kill in the match.

The third set was a mirroring image of the first except with a different outcome.  New Haven seemed to recover from losing the second set, getting some help from Pacific, committing nine errors, giving New Haven a 19-14 lead.

Pacific then capitalized off several New Haven errors and after back-to-back kills Pacific tied it up at 24 all.  With Pacific leading 25-24 and serving match point, Rachel Steinhoff came through with a kill off a set from Megan Bauer making it 25-25.

But two straight errors on the Shamrocks ended the match 27-25 and Pacific winning the third place match.


A Loook Ahead.

New Haven will play their final home game Monday night against a very good Fatima (20-3) team who beat Hermann in two sets earlier this month and have won seven of their last eight games.

Either way New Haven will finish their season on the road traveling to Pacific on Thursday, followed by St. Clair, Owensville, Linn, wrapping up their season at Union before District play begins the week of Oct. 22.

The District bracket has not been released.  Bismarck will host the Class 1 District 5 Tournament.

New Haven will most likely have to go through Valle Catholic (12-0), who lost to Eminence in the Class 1 State Championship match.