The New Haven girls varsity volleyball team has played 66 games and competed in 3 tournaments so far this year. The varsity team’s record so far this year is 20-6-3 with only 3 more regular season games to come before districts.
New Haven competed in the Dig for Life Challenge tournament in Cape Girardeau and ended up falling short to play for the championship game. They also competed in the New Haven Round Robin, winning the championship game, and in the Hermann tournament, falling just short of the third place title. New Haven is now preparing for the future, hoping to return to the state tournament again.
Head coach Jaime Hoener was asked how she feels about this season so far. She replied by saying, “Winning our tournament was one of our team goals that we accomplished. It’s always nice to win on your home court.”
When Coach Hoener was asked how she feels about the future for the volleyball team, she replied by saying, “We must continue to improve our game if we’re going to accomplish the rest of our team goals.”
Senior middle blocker Emma Engelbrecht was also asked how she feels about the season so far as well as the future of her season; she replied, “We are doing numerous things well, but definitely have a lot of room for improvement. We need to sharpen up various points of our game to be ready for the postseason. We are fairly inconsistent right now and just need to get better at maintaining a tempo not only from game to game, but also between sets.”
New Haven will soon be traveling to Calvary Lutheran to compete in the district tournament in mid-October.
Senior players Lydia Pataky and Kate Ruediger were asked how they felt with districts right around the corner. Lydia replied by saying, “I am ready, excited, and confident.”
Kate joined in, commenting, “If we play the best we can, I think we will be fine, but I definitely think it is going to be harder than past years.”