In their first match, New Haven played the Union Wildcats. New Haven won in two sets, 25-15, 25-17. The second pool play match-up was between the Shamrocks and the Dutchgirls of Owensville. In this match, New Haven swept the board, beating Owensville 25-9, 25-9. The last pool play game for New Haven was with the host school, the Hermann Bearcats. This didn’t affect the Shamrocks winning streak, though. New Haven came out on top, winning in two sets, 25-21, 25-19. With a pool play record of 3-0, New Haven had earned #1 in their pool, assuring them a spot in the semi-final game.
In the semi-final game, New Haven played the number two seed in Pool A, the Washington Blue Jays. In the first set, New Haven lost, 23-25. New Haven didn’t give up on the fight. They came back and won the second set, sending the match into a sudden death third set to 25. Washington and New Haven were neck and neck the whole game, fighting for every point. In the end--with an overpass kill by Kenzy Vedder--the Shamrocks came out on top, winning the third set 26-24 against the Blue Jays.
After winning the semi-final game, the Shamrocks had one important game left, the championship game: a place they haven’t been since 1992. Their opponents, the St. Francis Borgia Knights, are no strangers to the championship match of this tournament. In fact, they won in 2013. New Haven had their work cut out for them.
In the first set, New Haven and Borgia battled it out. Borgia came out on top, winning 25-17. The Shamrocks had faced Borgia and this situation earlier in the season.. Would the ending result be the same? Would the Shamrocks send it to three sets? Although the Shamrocks put up a fight, they fell short to the Knights in the second set, 25-23.
When asked about the outcome of the tournament, senior defensive specialist Trista Kormeier answered, “After the Washington game, we were all pumped up and ready to play Borgia! Even though we lost, I feel like we played really well as a team, and in the end, I felt in my heart that was better than winning.”
Coach Jaime Hoener added, “Overall, I was pleased with how the girls played throughout the tournament.”
As a result of their loss against Borgia, New Haven placed 2nd in the Hermann tournament: a honor the Shamrocks haven’t earned since 1992. -by Lauren Bergner