The 7th grade girls started off the night losing the first set to the Indians, 17-25. At the beginning of the second set, both McKenzie Overschmidt and Meagan Holtmeyer served numerous aces, resulting in Pacific having to call a timeout. With the score 9-6, the Shamrocks were on top.
In the beginning of the third set of play, the Shamrocks trailed the Indians 1-8. When the score reached 3-13, the Shamrocks called a timeout. After the timeout, New Haven got the ball back. Kayla Brumels gave the Shamrocks another kill, making the score 9-13. Server McKenzie Overschmidt had another ace, causing Pacific to call a timeout. The score was 10-13, and the Shamrocks were catching up. However, in the end, the 7th grade Shamrocks fell to the Indians 18-25.
To start off the final 8th grade home game, Makenzie Munsinger served 6 straight, making the score 6-0. The Shamrocks and Indians rallied back and forth, back and forth. Audrey Ford had a kill to help the Shamrocks out and make the score 9-4. Pacific retaliated, adding 5 more points to their side of the scoreboard. When the score reached 12-9, the Shamrocks took a timeout. When the Shamrocks got the ball back, Lydia Lagemann served an ace. After a service error from the Shamrocks, the rest of the game was a battle back and forth between the Shamrocks and the Indians. A tip-kill by Claire Meyer caused the score to be tied at 22 a piece. To end the first set, the Shamrocks came up short behind the Indians, 23-25.
In the second set, Munsinger had two aces. The back-and-forth battle was still occurring between the Shamrocks and Indians. In the end, the Pacific took control, winning the set 23-25.
Although the eighth grade Shamrocks had a tough loss against the Indians, eighth grader Claire Meyer was still positive about the experience.
She stated, “Honestly, although it’s our last home game as middle-schoolers, I don’t feel sad. I actually feel happy. I know there’s so much more to come in high school! That’s exciting and what takes over the sad feeling.”
The Shamrocks’ next game will be Monday, March 23 at 5:30 p.m. against the Bland Bears at Bland High School.
-by Lauren Bergner