Playing in front of home fans, the New Haven volleyball Lady Shamrocks broke into the win column Thursday night.

New Haven (1-2) defeated Belle, 25-11, 25-19.

New Haven Head Coach Jaime Hoener said the crowd had an impact on the game.

“We had an energetic, loud crowd,” Hoener said. “Kudos to some of our juniors and seniors for taking the initiative to make it a great atmosphere to play in.”

Even though New Haven won, Hoener feels there’s still plenty of room for improvement.

“I know we can do a better job of passing and setting,” she said. “We are still adjusting to the quicker pace of the varsity game.”

There were several standouts. Natalie Pecaut served five of the team’s seven aces on the night.

“Natalie Pecaut had a great night serving,” Hoener said. “If she can continue to be able to move the ball around, we should be able to get some points off her each night.”

McKenzie Pecaut led the team with five kills while McKenzie Overschmidt was next with four and Claire Meyer and Grace Soete each had three kills.

“I thought Claire, McKenzie (Pecaut), and McKenzie (Overschmidt) were doing a better job of making good decisions at the net,” said Hoener. “We will continue to work with the setters to get their timing down.”

Libero Lauren Hoerstkamp was the digs leader with eight. Makenzie Munsinger was next with four while Meyer had three. Overschmidt contributed two and McKenzie Pecaut had one dig.

Meyer recorded eight assists and McKenzie Pecaut had five assists.

Hoerstkamp and McKenzie Pecaut each served one ace.

New Haven returns to action Tuesday, visiting Blair Oaks at 5 p.m.

The Lady Shamrocks host Montgomery County Thursday at 5:30 p.m. before going to the SEMO Volleyball Classic at the end of the week.

New Haven has been assigned to the Black Division, Pool L in the 58-team event.

The Lady Shamrocks play Puxico and Viburnum Friday in pool play and Cooter Saturday morning. 

Bracket play follows.

New Haven is the only area school playing in that tournament.