It was a heart-breaker.
On Monday night, September 14th, the New Haven Lady volleyball Shamrocks suffered a loss to one of their biggest rivals, the Borgia Lady Knights, in three sets (25-22), (23-25), (21-25).
“I was pleased with our overall performance,” says New Haven Head Coach Jaime Hoener. “It was a tough loss, but it was tolerable because we played hard.”
The Knights proved themselves in the second two sets, winning the second set 25-23 and the third 25-21.
“I don't think we ever let down throughout the night. I think Borgia came out pretty flat and played better as the night went on,” Hoener says.
The Knights were being held under new leadership - with former coach Brad Bruns now assistant coach, new 20 something Washington High School grad Andrea Beaty has taken the role of head coach. Although still early in the season, Beaty has received high praise for her coaching from the Post Dispatch.
Beaty thought the Shamrocks added some challenge, “(we) had to fight for every single point, and not get frustrated when the kills they usually get weren't scoring. New Haven's players were picking up everything, and it can get very frustrating as a player when you feel like you can't score. I told them to keep swinging away, and never let up because I knew for a fact New Haven was not going to let up.”
Borgia hasn’t had much competition this season. The girls have won 14 out of their 16 games. “New Haven is very scrappy and they picked up every single one of our tips. We were able to go on a run once our attackers started swinging fearlessly. This was definitely a fun match to watch/coach, and I am sure it was even more fun to be playing,” Beaty says.
Sophomore Kate Ruediger led New Haven in points, serving 8. Senior Emma Borcherding followed with 6. “Down the stretch, Borgia had a little more experienced hitters than us. Emma Borcherding had a fantastic night for us. Being a veteran hitter, she was used to that sort of pressure,” Coach Hoener says.
Senior Captain Erin Scheer led the team with 34 assists. Right now, Scheer is third in the St. Louis area for average assists. “All of us wanted to beat Borgia badly,” Scheer says.
“I think they’re a good team. Coach Hoener told us we needed to have good serving and good blocking, and I think there were times when we didn’t have those. That would’ve helped us out.”
Although they didn’t win the battle, the Lady Shamrocks are planning on winning the war. Installment II in the Shamrocks vs. Knights feud will take place next Monday night at Hermann, where the girls will compete in the Hermann tournament.