By Kyle Quick
Tuesday night, with New Haven’s Junior Varsity Volleyball team’s two set win over Owensville, the “El Perfecto” season became a reality, finishing flawless (24-0, 7-0) and winning the Four Rivers Conference title for the third straight year.
On the year, New Haven outscored their opponents 1,276 to 713, losing just three sets while winning 49 sets, winning both the Lynn and Pacific tournaments. In the past two years, Carey’s teams have a combined record of 46-3-1.
Going into Tuesday night’s game Coach Carey said, “As the games got closer to this point you can’t help but get excited. I was afraid they would get overly nervous but they came out ready to go and just played really well.”
Coach Carey told his team before the game, “This is your night tonight and no one can take that away from you because you have a chance to do something no one has done in a very long time.”
Pictured right: JV Head Coach Denis Carey.
Based on our research, in the 1970s, which is before MSHSAA began hosting volleyball state tournaments, New Haven dominated the Four Rivers Conference. During a four stretch in the 70’s, Sally Scheer was a four year varsity starter, losing just two games during her entire career.
Ironically, Scheer lost her very first game when she was a freshmen and her last game as a senior. We know they did not play as many games during that time, but is the only other time a volleyball team has gone undefeated in a season.
How good was the JV
New Haven’s perfect season was mirrored by their flawless play, making very few unforced errors.
Erin Scheer helped give New Haven a 6-0 lead to start the second set by serving six points and three of her game high four aces.
Throughout each season Coach Carey tracks his teams’ points earned compared to points lost off errors. “I think there was only one time all year long where we gave up more points than we earned, which really says a lot about how well these girls played all season long and in Monday night’s game against Linn we were plus 33 in points scored.”
Coach Carey praised his team on how well they moved the ball on offense, making them difficult to defend. “Even with all our good teams in the past, we made so many unforced errors that we hovered around zero. But this year they just did not make a lot of unforced errors… if anyone was going to beat us they’d have to beat us,” Coach Carey said.
JV players comment on their amazing “El Perfecto” season
Lauren Bergner smoked a game high five kills and served up one ace in Tuesday night's win.
“We knew we always had to stay focused and with-it because we knew we could do it,” said Dakota Schroeder.
Overcome with emotion after freshmen Kim Hoffmann recorded the game winning kill, Lauren Bergner said, “I just started crying my eyes out I was so excited.”
Courtney Yowell said, “It doesn’t feel real yet that we actually went undefeated.”
Kathy Jasper said, “I’ve never cried because I was so happy.”
When we asked what they enjoyed the most about their season, they all said, “Beating Hermann...twice! And beating Borgia.”