Covington Leads Rocks To Third Straight Win - JV Remains Perfect

New Haven, Mo. - In Monday night's Four Rivers Conference match, Taylor Covington's career high of 17 kills helped New Haven (19-10, 4-1) knock off Pacific (8-13, 2-3) for the second time this year in three sets, 25-20, 23-25, 25-9, picking up their third straight win and second behind Hermann (5-0) in the conference standings. 

The headline from Monday night's FRC action is the Junior Varsity's "El Perfecto" streak remains intact after their two set win, 25-16, 15-16, picking up their 20th straight win, improving to 20-0, 5-0.

What is even more impressive is the JV have lost just three sets, two of them to Hermann and one set to Fatima.

Dating back to last season, JV Coach Dennis Carey's teams have a combined record of 42-3-1.

Varsity Team

Monday night was New Haven's first home game since Sept. 24th and senior Tessa Kelsick said, "It was nice to finally play on our own turf and in front of our own fans."

New Haven came out firing, taking a 5-1 first set lead off back to back aces from Covington, but a scrappy Pacific team battled back after their lone senior Ashley Hill put away two kills, 6-6.

A Rachel Steinhoff kill sparked a 10-3 Shamrock attack as setter Mackenzy Vedder used all of her hitters including a tip kill of her own.  Emily Kallmeyer knocked down two of her game total six kills and Beth Schenck served up one of her game high three aces to give the rocks a 17-9 lead.

New Haven has struggled at times when it comes to putting teams away, which almost cost them the first set after Pacific tied the game at 18-18.

New Haven lost their momentum and needed a big time play when Megan Shockley came through with a big time block, giving New Haven a 19-18 lead and the momentum that carried her team to a 25-20 first set win. 

Volleyball is all about momentum and it takes just one play to turn the tides just as Shockley did in the first set.

Tuesday night was "Pink Out" night.  Pink shirts, donated by Peoples Savings Bank were handed out to fans, showing their support in the fight to find a cure.

In the second set it was Pacific who jumped out to a huge 21-14, mostly in part thanks to sloppy passing by New Haven.  However, no matter what the score, New Haven is a tough team to put away and in the second set they went from being down seven to tying it up 23-23.  Back to back errors on the Lady Rocks forced a third set as Pacific held on to a 25-23 lead.

After losing the second set, it was hard to tell whether fans were more disappointed about New Haven losing or missing more of the Cardinal's game.

"I was really happy with how we played in the third set, but we need to play like that on a more consistent basis," Coach Jaime Hoener commenting on New Haven's crushing 25-9 third set win.

New Haven literally killed the ball, recording 15 of their 39 kills, committing just six errors to pick up their 19th win on the year and fourth conference win.

Lauren Bergner records one of her four kills, helping the JV to remain perfect.

New Haven's three game winning streak began last week Tuesday with a big three set win at Sullivan, especially after losing the first set.  That night it was senior Kayla Meyer and junior Megan Shockley who tag-teamed the Lady Eagles, with Meyer's season high and Shockley's career high of 10 kills each.

Then, two nights later on Thursday, it took New Haven longer to drive to St. James than it did for both the JV and Varsity to each win in two sets.

New Haven will wrap up their season at home with Thursday night's FRC game against St. Clair, then will host Linn on Monday before ending the regular season on Tuesday night against Owensville.

The Class 1 district tournament is scheduled for Oct. 28 through Oct. 31.  District team coaches will have a seeding meeting sometime next week.  As soon as the bracket is out you will be able to download it from QNN's "sports schedules" page.