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CHS volleyball drops Sectional title match

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Amber McCaw wasn’t about to pretend that the loss didn’t sting, but the Chesterton coach also knew that there was a bigger picture in play following Saturday’s Class 4A sectional title game loss to Crown Point.

In a season that was never taken for granted, the Trojans made it back to the sectional title match for the first time in five years and delivered the most wins the program has had in seven years. Much like those 2013 and 2015 seasons, the ride came to an end with a sweep against Crown Point.

The Trojans fell 25-12, 25-14, 25-15 to the Bulldogs and finished the year 21-13.

“This is the most successful this program has been in some time,” McCaw said. “The overall program keeps trending up. Now there are things that we know we need to work on, but this has been a great group and we’re excited about our future.”

The Bulldogs (29-3) unleashed an array of weapons on the Trojans from the outset of Saturday’s title match, much like Chesterton did to Portage in the sectional semifinal victory hours earlier. Crown Point kept the pressure on and left the building with its fifth sectional title in six years.

McCaw wanted to make sure her team left the building with their heads held high, especially the senior class of Maggie Vrahoretis, Greta Tilden and Maddie Wagner. Vrahoretis finished the match with 11 assists, six digs and an ace while Wagner had two kills and Tilden added a dig.

“These seniors have been such a good, hardworking group,” McCaw said. “It’s such an accomplishment to make it all the way through a program. You start with 20 freshmen and to make it four years, that’s special. They embraced the change with me coming in and they’ve been just a great group of girls.”

The future is bright for the Trojans as outside hitter Meghan Gaffigan will return along with a strong junior class including Emma Ekblaw and Ella Rodriguez. The youth movement has also been good to Chesterton as sophomore Katie Nelson and freshman Eva Everett got a lot of experience as underclassmen this season.

“Eva is just an incredible athlete and did a lot of good things for us,” McCaw said. “We expect her to have an even bigger role next season. We’re excited about the future of this program.”

In the afternoon’s semifinals, the Trojans beat Portage 28-26, 25-17, 25-13.

Offensively, Gaffigan led the team with 14 kills with Vrahoretis adding eight kills and Ekblaw tallying seven.

Defensively, Nelson had 15 digs and Vrahoretis had nine digs.

IHSAA Sectional Finals

AT VALPARAISO

Crown Point 25-25-25, Chesterton 12-14-15

Chesterton -- Reese Czarniecki 3 blocks; AJ Devereaux 2 digs; Emma Ekblaw 6 kills, 1 block; Eva Everett 4 digs; Celia Faroh 4 assists, 2digs; Meghan Gaffigan, 7 kills, 2 blocks; Katie Nelson 12 digs; 5 kills; Grace Newman 4 assists; Ella Rodriguez 5 blocks, 3 digs; Greta Tilden 1 dig; Maggie Vrahoretis 2 kills, 11 assists, 3 blocks, 6 digs; Maddie Wagner 2 kills.

IHSAA Sectional Semis

AT VALPARAISO

Chesterton 28-25-25, Portage 26-17-13

Chesterton -- Reese Czarniecki 3 blocks, 2 digs; AJ Devereaux 6 digs; Emma Ekblaw 7 kills 4 blocks, 2 digs; Eva Everett 4 aces, 3 digs; Celia Faroh 9 assists, 2 digs; Meghan Gaffigan 14 kills, 2 blocks, 7 digs; Katie Nelson 15 digs; Grace Newman 5 assists, 3 digs; Ella Rodriguez 3 kills, 2 blocks, 4 digs; Brooke Smith 1 kill; Greta Tilden 2 digs; Maggie Vrahoretis 3 aces, 8 kills, 2 blocks, 13 assists, 9 digs; Maddie Wagner 2 blocks, 1 dig.

 

 

Posted 10/19/2020

 
 
 
 

 

 

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