Perseverance leads Lady Shamrocks to a District Championship

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Pictured above: Elise McDonald fires down one of her 15 kills.

Special thank you to Dana Kallmeyer for taking photos for us.

Chamois, Mo. – The road to the Show-Me-Center and the final four starts at districts.  A team’s record means nothing, surviving to play another day means everything.  New Haven came into last night’s game 18-10 on the season and seeded first in their district.

In the championship game the Lady Rocks faced off against the Chamois Pirates and host of the District 11 tournament.  Perseverance, heart, and playing hard would lead the Rocks to their third straight district title, but not without a slight scare.

New Haven’s big hitter, Elise McDonald lead her team with 15 kills and Blake Willimann knocked down four kills, Kelsey Pecaut and Taylor Goad each added five, propelling the Lady Rocks into sectionals.

New Haven easily defeated Calvery Lutheran 25-6 and 25-7 lead by Megan Bauer who served 13 aces in the match.  The Lady Rocks would have to sit out a game as Chamois and Cross Roads battled it out for the chance to play for a district title.

Pictured: McDonald and Bauer smiling about something.

 New Haven came out flat in the first set against Chamois and a stunning first set victory for the Pirates. (18-25)  New Haven started off the second set serving.  Pecaut, as she has done so many times this year, served an ace to start off the set and the Lady Rocks were rocking, scoring six unanswered points.  New Haven quickly gained the momentum by diving into the bleachers trying to make a save and it was their all out hustle that led them to a second set win. (25-11)

The Lady Rocks had taken control easily winning the third set. (25-9)   

We spoke with Coach Sharen Speckhals in a post game interview.  Speckhals said, “We did come out a little flat in the first set, a lot of that was probably nerves.  But our girls all night played hard.  The one time Kelesy chased down a ball, nearly landing into the bleachers.  We still have areas we need to improve upon and tomorrow at practice we will continue working hard and get ready for Saturday.”

Coach Speckhals moved three girls up from the JV: Emily Kallymeyer, Katie Peirick and Mackenzy Vedder both being freshmen.  All three girls saw playing time throughout last night’s games.  They are good players and could play a big factor down the road.

In the third set against Chamois, Katie Peirick recorded her first kill at the varsity level.