“HOORAH!”, yelled the Shamrocks as the varsity girls took another point. The New Haven girls varsity volleyball team won second place in the Round Robin held here at New Haven High School on Saturday, September 15. The competing schools that came Saturday were Belle, Winfield, and Bowling Green.
Before the games on Saturday, the athletes were asked what their goals were. McKenzie Overschmidt, junior, who plays left and front back said, “Our goals are to win the whole tournament, work as a team, and cut down errors.”
The next question asked was if they were prepared for Saturday. “Yes, I think we are prepared because we will have four practices this week and one game to make things perfect,” replied junior Lauren Hoerstkamp, who is the libero.
Saturday had finally come and the Shamrocks started their day off with a 25-9, 25-15 win over Belle.
The second game played by New Haven was against Winfield, which was split-- New Haven winning the first set 25-18, and the second won by Winfield, 25-15.
Then the Shamrocks came to their third game against Bowling Green, where the game was split again-- the Shamrocks winning 25-5, and then losing 26-24.
The Shamrocks then fell in the Championship round to Winfield in three sets.
After these games, the Shamrock athletes were asked how they felt the team did overall. Senior Grace Soete responded, “Our overall goal was to win, but I think we worked hard all day. We definitely have stuff we will work on and be better at the next game.”
“We worked really hard and pushed to the very end! We stayed positive even though things weren’t going as we planned,” replied McKenzie Overschmidt.
Even though most athletes replied saying that they didn’t reach their goals, they were asked what they need to work on now. Senior Claire Meyer answered, “I feel like we need to work on pushing to the end and not giving up.”
Senior Grace Soete added, “I think there is always something to work on and get better at. After four games, we know what to work on at practice.”
Good luck to all of the Shamrocks at their upcoming volleyball games!