Hermann, Mo. - New Haven entered Thursday's third place match in the Hermann Volleyball Tournament having lost three of their last five games and a lose to Pacific would be detrimental with only two weeks before districts.
But New Haven's three set win over Pacific to take third place may have been a pivotal turning point in their season and exactly what they needed confidence wise as they head into the final weeks of the regular season.
After Pacific won the opening set, 25-22, New Haven's Taylor Covington gave her team the spark they were looking for, recording six of her game high 14 kills and a 25-19 win to force a third and decisive set.
Confidence wise New Haven needed to win the third place match after subpar performances against Hermann on Tuesday night then against Borgia in the semifinals. Consistency is one thing New Haven has been lacking but Thursday night's may be looked back at the game that gave New Haven the jump start they needed.
New Haven picked up where they left off and flat out pounded Pacific in the third set 25-9, providing a glimpse of the amount of talent they have.
Taylor Covington picks up where she left off recording a kill to start off the third set.
Committing fewer errors led to New Haven being more aggressive on their attacks thanks to better passing and setting and New Haven has to establish some type of consistency and/or rhythm.
New Haven came out rockn' with kills from Covington, Rachel Steinhoff, Megan Shockley, followed up with back to back aces from Kayla Meyer to give the lady Rocks a 6-2 lead.
Once New Haven put Pacific down they kept them down, extending their lead to 19-5, 14 of those points were earned off of a combined nine kills, four aces and a block.
Covington led New Haven with 14 kills (season high) followed by Steinhoff with five kills and Emily Kallmeyer with four kills.
Megan Shockley records game winning kill, propelling New Haven to a third place trophy.
New Haven improves to (16-9, 1-1) with win over Pacific, 22-25, 25-19, 25-9. On the year New Haven is 3-3 in three set matches and 2-2 when losing the first set.
Tonight New Haven will play the heavy favorite Fatima on their home court. Last year, New Haven nearly upset them. Fatima is currently ranked 27th in the state with a record of 20-3.
They did beat Hermann at Hermann earlier this year in two sets 27-25, 25-20.
New Haven then travels to Sullivan on Tuesday, wrapping up their round trip at St. James on Thursday before returning home for their final four games of the regular season.