The New Haven Varsity volleyball team recently traveled to Cape Girardeau to compete in the SEMO Classic on September 8 and 9. New Haven beat Puxico, Viburnum, and Cooter to place first in their pool, but then lost to Caruthersville and Jefferson to be eliminated from the tournament.
Mrs. Hoener, Varsity volleyball coach, was asked what she would like to see the team improve on and she replied, “I wish we would have had a better showing in our challenge match so we would have had a better seed in the bracket. I would also like to see us serve more aggressively and set a better block, so our passers don’t have to work so hard.”
Mrs. Hoener was then questioned on how she felt about the team’s placement in the first round of the tournament and she answered with, “We were happy to finish first in our pool.”
Next, the athletes were asked what they expected going into the tournament.
“I hoped that we would win our pool,” said senior Claire Meyer.
“I thought we would have been in the silver division since there were a lot of schools there and tough competition,” commented McKenzie Pecaut, a setter and outside hitter.
The players were questioned if they feel they improved throughout the tournament.
McKenzie Pecaut responded by saying, “I feel like I improved on my hitting by going different shots.”
According to Claire Meyer, “Our communication got a lot better.”
Last, the team was asked how they could improve heading into future games.
McKenzie Pecaut replied, “We can improve as a team by cutting down unforced errors.”
Claire Meyer said, “I feel like we need to work on playing hard to the end and not giving up.”
Good luck to the Varsity volleyball girls in future games. Keep up the hard work!