Rachel Horstmann (right) enters the game for Kelsey Peacut (#2) after injuring her left shoulder early in the third set.
Union, Mo. – After coming off a two set win over Linn on Monday the Lady Shamrocks traveled to Union looking for their fourth straight win and momentum as they begin their postseason on Monday at Bismark.
New Haven found themselves down 10-1 in the first set but battled back to tie things up at 13 all. However Union quickly recovered to win the first set 25-14.
In the second set it was New Haven who came out firing and Union finding themselves fighting to comeback. The Rocks took the second set 25-18, forcing a third set.
Rachel Steinhoff had a game high 7 kills in New Haven's loss to Union on Tuesday night.
Coach Hoener said, “I think we used the momentum we gained at the end of the first set to carries through the second set.
The worst nightmares for any coach are injuries, particularly when it’s one of your best players and even worst the last game of the season.
Forget the fact New Haven went on to loss the third set, 25-20, ending a three game winning streak.
Early in the third set with New Haven leading 14-9, Hoener’s nightmare became a reality. The Shamrock’s team leader in kills, points served, aces, and a three-year starter came down on her left shoulder while diving for a tipped ball.
Hoener said, “I saw Kelsey [Peacut] land hard on her shoulder and asked if Kelsey if she was ok, but after she went up for a block she wasn’t able to get her left arm up and when she took herself out of the game I knew something was wrong.”
Peacut would not return and concerns of the severity of her injury. Whether or not she will be able to play on Monday is questionable. Fortunately by Monday Peacut will have had a full weeks rest.
Hoener said, “We are taking it day by day. We won’t know until Monday night whether she will be able to play or not. It all depends how her shoulder is feeling at the start of the game.”
New Haven will make the two-hour drive to Bismark on Monday to play Crystal City in the first round of districts.