Pictured: The 2014 Four Rivers Conference Volleyball Champions.
OWENSVILLE, Mo. - Tuesday night New Haven’s perfect record in conference play remained in tacked after knocking off Owensville in straight sets (25-3, 25-16) to win the Four Rivers Conference for first time since 2005. New Haven not only went undefeated (7-0) but did so without dropping a single set in their seven conference matches.
After the game Coach Jaime Hoener said, “Winning conference was the teams number one goal and they wanted to do it outright without dropping a set and are proud of doing that, because it’s hard to win every conference game in straight sets. There’s so many teams to play and your not always going to have a good night but they were able to preserver in all those games.”
Pictured:Lauren Bergner, who has led New Haven in serving all year ends the regular season with 61 aces and has served over 250 points, putting her number one among St. Louis Area Schools for most points served.
This year’s conference title marked just the third time New Haven had won the conference since 1992, the same team that Jaime Wolfe Hoener played on and was coached by Dennis Carey who now serves as Coach Hoener’s assistant coach. Junior Lauren Bergner’s mom Missy Steinbeck Bergner also played on the ’92 team.
New Haven entered Tuesday night’s game after a tough three set loss to Fatima (26-24. 22-25, 25-23) the night before, which had Coach Hoener a little worried about how her team would respond.
“I thought we played against Fatima and had chances to put them away but couldn’t quite capitalize. On that I was a little worried coming into tonight because the team was very upset after last night after game. So I was concerned with how they would respond”, said Hoener.
Any concerns that Hoener had were quickly erased in the first set as New Haven bolted out to a 21-1 lead thanks to the insane serving from Lauren Bergner, who served the Shamrock’s first 21 points, which included three aces.
Pictured: Junior Emma Borcherding knocking down one of her 8 kills on the night.
Hoener said, “Lauren just served fantastic right from the get go, which took all the pressure off our hitters and I felt we just rolled from there.”
Owensville was able to put together a rally in the second set, taking an 8-6, which was short lived as New Haven responded. Led by Emma Borcherding’s back to back kills (8 kills on the night) as the Shamrocks regained the lead for good, giving them a 25-16 win.
Taylor Covington recorded a game high eight kills, giving her a season total of 308 kills as she becomes just the second player in school history (stats recorded since 1991) to top 300 in a single season. Kathleen Scheer (06-07) being the only other player with 348 kills and current record holder for most kills in a single season.
New Haven ends the regular season 27-5, 7-0 as they enter the post season, seeded first in their district, which they will play the winner between Smithton and Otterville on Tues. Oct. 21at 6 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran High School. (Click here for complete district bracket)
Coach Hoener commented on districts say, “We will need to play well, make sure we are ready to go, and never under estimate anybody and just take it one game at a time.
Looking ahead if New Haven wins on Tuesday they will then play for a District Championship on Thursday with an unusual late start of 7 p.m.
If New Haven would win districts then they would host the Class 1 State Sectionals and Quarterfinals, which would be played on Sat. Oct. 25.