The New Haven High School varsity volleyball team has played a total of 40 games this season, including tournaments. Their record stands at 27-8-5: 27 wins, 8 losses, and 5 tournaments.
Thursday, October 26th, the team traveled to Cape Girardeau to compete for a chance at the state championship. The next day, the girls played a total of 3 games. Each game ended with the Shamrocks on top.
Saturday, October 28th, the New Haven varsity volleyball team played for 1st place. While the girls played their hearts out, they fell short of Northland Christian, with 25-18 in the last set. New Haven left as runner-up, bringing home the 2nd place trophy.
The stands at the each game were filled with green, fans of New Haven that had traveled all the way to Cape Girardeau to watch these girls play. The support for the team had certainly played a part in the tournament just as much as the athletes themselves.
When the girls were asked how they felt about the experience, many of them said that the opportunity to play for a state championship was absolutely thrilling. Many were grateful to be a part of the team, and felt that they were very fortunate to compete for as long as they did.
Junior Claire Meyer stated, “It was very exciting! We grew closer as a team. It was very fun.”
MacKenzie Bauer, senior, said, “It was literally a dream come true ending my volleyball career at the state tournament. Not everybody gets to experience that, which is why I am extremely grateful.”
For the seniors, this was their last game of the season, concluding their high school careers in volleyball at New Haven. New Haven will remember all five of them: Emma Engelbrecht, MacKenzie Bauer, Lydia Pataky, Kate Ruediger, and Lauren Gerlemann.
When asked how they felt about the season overall, a number of the girls replied by saying it was “successful,” “super fun and exciting,” and that they felt it was a great season.
Coach Jaime Hoener mentioned, “It was a good season and the girls should be proud of how they competed throughout it. Advancing to the state tournament is a special event and we're very fortunate to have ended our season in Cape Girardeau. They played hard up until the very end.”
“I have enjoyed every moment of it,” MacKenzie Bauer continued. “The girls I played with, the coaches that pushed me to do my absolute best every day, and the memories that were made over the years-- I am extremely thankful for all of it!”
The community of New Haven is proud of the girls regardless of their statistics. As the seniors make their final goodbyes to this season and to volleyball at New Haven High, we wish them all the best of luck.