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Chesterton Volleyball sweeps Hobart in IHSAA Sectional opener

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Chesterton played Merrillville twice this season, including once at the Pirates' home gym.

Still, Tuesday was something of a homecoming for first-year Trojans coach Luke Starkey. It was his first time back at his old stomping grounds -- were he spent seven seasons -- without facing his old team.

Instead, Chesterton was facing off against Hobart in the first match of the Class 4A Merrillville Sectional. The Trojans played arguably their best volleyball of the season in a 25-8, 25-10, 25-19 sweep.

"They treat us great. (Athletic director) Janis (Qualizza) and (co-AD) Amy (Beckham) are always very welcoming," Starkey said. "They always treated me very well when I was here. It wasn't an easy decision to leave.

"They make me feel very welcome when I come home. It's appreciated."

While Starkey was feeling at home back on that sideline, the Trojans made themselves at home on the court. Haley Notzen's 10 kills led the Chesterton attack.

"(The season) started a little bit rough," Notzen said. "Together, as a team, we've been really good we don't have any drama. We're still getting better.

"(Starkey) says October is the most important because, obviously, that's Sectionals. We've just got to see how it goes."

Kristin Stillman added eight kills and 10 digs for the Trojans (13-20). Jenna Tarnowski had 28 assists. Taylor Bowser had 14 digs, Alex Devereaux had 12 and Ella Whitmore added 10. Sammi Ostrom had six kills and three solo blocks.

"We're definitely peaking right now," Ostrom said. "That's a good thing. It doesn't really matter what you do (in the regular season). This is postseason now, so this is what really matters.

"It's kind of surreal. Say we win on Saturday, that's great. But say we don't, that's OK, too. It has been four great years. It's exciting."

Chesterton will face Michigan City in Saturday's 10 a.m. semifinal. The championship match is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Heading into a third match-up with the Wolves who beat Chesterton twice this season Starkey wasn't willing to reveal how the Trojans might differently attack the challenge this time.

"We'll watch some film and we'll find out," Starkey said, laughing. "Even if I did know, I wouldn't say anything."

IHSAA Sectional


Chesterton 25-25-25, Hobart 8-10-19

Chesterton -- Ella Whitmore 2 aces, 10 digs; Ariel Rohe 4 kills; Jenna Tarnowski 2 aces, 6 digs, 28 assists, 2 block kills; Taylor Bowser 14 digs, 3 kills; Alex Devereaux 12 digs; Kristin Stillman 10 digs, 8 kills; Haley Notzen 5 digs, 10 kills; Sammi Ostrom 6 kills, 3 block kills.

Record: Chesterton 13-20.


Posted 10/19/2016




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