Sweet 16 - JV Remains Undefeated With Win Over Hermann

Lady rocks go crazy after Trista Kormeier's game winning ace gave New Haven their 16th win of the year, defeating Hermann in three sets last Thursday.

By Kyle Quick

New Haven's JV volleyball team entered Thursday's conference match at Hermann a perfect 15-0 and playing the same team they beat in a three set match to win the Pacific Tournament just five days before.

Earlier in the week New Haven knocked off Borgia in two sets on Monday then picked up their first conference win over Union the following night, improving to 15-0,1-0. 

"Resilience" and "finding ways to win" was how Coach Denis Carey described his team when we spoke with him after their win over Union.

New Haven's ability in finding ways to win has set them apart and the difference in their win over Hermann in three sets, 25-14, 23-25, 25-21, keeping their perfect record in tacked, a sweet 16-0.

After New Haven came out firing in the first set Hermann battled back to win the second, sending the match into a third and final set.

Emma Borcherding smokes one of her five kills on the night, adding a team high four aces.

Hermann took a quick 7-2 lead thanks in part to New Haven committing seven straight errors.  "There have been several times throughout the year when we've been down but the girls never seem to get rattled" said, Carey.

Trailing 9-5, New Haven's Emma Borcherding's two consecutive kills helped her team take advantage of four straight attacking error's on Hermann, taking a 10-9 lead.

The lady rocks jumped out to a 16-11 lead after dropping four straight bombs (Two kills from Erin Scheer along with Maddie Fleer and Lauren Bergner each adding one kill.) topped off with Borcherding serving one of New Haven's 14 combined aces on the night.

Hermann would rally late in the set, scoring seven straight points to pull within three, 23-20, but New Haven once again found a way to hold off the lady bearcats and win their 16th straight before enjoying a week off during the Hermann Volleyball Tournament.

Mental Toughness

Coach Carey said, "Not forgetting about a bad play or a mistake can really hurt a team, but we're getting good leadership that others feed off of.

"Trista [Kormeier] is really steady, stays calm, and hasn't gotten herself shaken even after she's made a bad play.  Erin [Scheer] has been a good leader also and even though she's made an error occasionally at the net; she's always been able to adjust.  Then Lauren [Bergner] plays with a lot of competitiveness in her and too never gets rattled or worried.

Those three have provided us a good amount of steading the ship when things get a little tough."

New Haven will have a tough week beginning next Monday when they first travel to Fatima, then back to back conference games at Sullivan on Tuesday before their final away game of the season at St. James.

They return home to play their final four games of the year on Tuesday Oct. 15th when they will host Pacific.