Quick glance at Monday's Highway 100 Showdown

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Photo from last year's match between New Haven and Borgia.

By Kyle Quick:
New Haven, Mo.
– The Lady Shamrocks and Lady Knights will clash in Monday night’s Highway 100 Showdown.  Last year New Haven stunned the volleyball world by upsetting Borgia in two sets and ending a 27-year winning streak, generating more hype over Monday’s game at Borgia.  Click here to watch last year's stunner.

Both teams will come into Monday’s game with new coaches.  New Haven’s Jaime Hoener had previously coached the lady rocks before taking several years off, returning this year as New Haven’s head coach.

Coach Brad Bruns coached at East Central from 2007 to 2010 when he stepped down to spend more time with his family and taking a year off.

This past spring Bruns accepted the Borgia head volleyball coaching position.  Bruns has coached volleyball at the club, high school and intercollegiate levels for over 20 years.

 


May have an impact on the outcome.

One factor that may come into play on Monday, particularly if it goes to three sets, which team is better conditioned.

This weekend Borgia traveled to Springfield for the Springfield Classic.  New Haven also played in their own tournament without a three and a half hour drive.

Comparing schedules Borgia has consistently played better teams than New Haven, however last weekend at SEMO New Haven faced several good teams and were able to compete against them, which is a definite positive.

Keys to a win!

New Haven has to cut down on unforced errors and be consistent when setting the ball as well as with their serving.

New Haven had 10 services errors in Saturday’s Championship match alone.  A team like Borgia will most likely take advantage of free points.

Secondly, there will be a point and time in the match where Borgia seems to have everything going their way, but will New Haven be able to stay mentally focused and fire back with an answer?

Lastly, Borgia plays a fast pace offense.  New Haven will have to control the tempo by severing to their setters, trying to keep them out of rhythm.

Right off the bat advantage goes to Borgia with having home court advantage.

Coach Bruns loves a fast pace, high intensity game, and keeping their opponent from catching their breath.  Bruns is running a much quicker offense this year, similar to the philosophy he preached at East Central.

Borgia needs to make sure they get their block set, particularly against Covington and Peacut, however don't over look junior Emily Kallmeyer (OH) has been consistently attacking the ball and playing more aggressive since the SEMO tournament and junior Rachel Steinhoff.

Make sure you tune in to QuickNewHavenNews.com for live broadcast of the Highway 100 Showdown beginning at 6:30 p.m.  We will have special guest and former volleyball player,  Elise McDonald broadcasting with us.