without facing his old team.
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.
started a little bit rough," Notzen said. "Together, as a team, we've been
really good Ñ we don't have any drama. We're still getting better.
October is the most important because, obviously, that's Sectionals. We've
just got to see how it goes."
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.
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."
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 Ñ who beat Chesterton twice this season Ñ
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."