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New look Trojan volleyball opens tonight

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Fate has a funny way of working things out.

Earlier this year, Amber McCaw and the Chesterton volleyball team had as much chance of coming together as winter jackets and warm weather. McCaw, an Andrean graduate, was coaching high school volleyball in California last season, while her husband was coaching at Pepperdine University.

When McCaw and her family came back to the area earlier this year, it coincided with Chesterton looking for a new volleyball coach after Luke Starkey left the program.

It didn’t take long for the coach without a team and the school without a coach to find one another.

“There really wasn’t any connection except for they had an opening and it was a school that was close to my house as we’re living in Chesterton now,” McCaw said. “It was really sad to leave California. I loved my school, loved my environment. I have little kids and if I found a coaching job, it would have to be at a school near my house. It just so happened to be Chesterton and here we are.”

McCaw isn’t a complete stranger to Chesterton as she played high school volleyball at Andrean before continuing her career at Toledo. McCaw, who was Amber Alm before getting married, then coached at Andrean and Lake Central before she moved to California.

McCaw remembered battling Chesterton as well as the rest of the Duneland Athletic Conference.

“The DAC is a powerhouse conference,” McCaw said. “You don’t have a lot of off nights in the DAC. There’s not a lot of gimmie games. The expectations are high and the challenges are real. That’s what we’re going to face as we prepare to be successful this season.”

McCaw started working with the program for open gym workouts during the summer and she spent time meeting with each individual returner.

Chesterton is expected to be led by a quartet of seniors this season in middle hitter Ariel Rohe, outside hitter Taylor Bowser and defensive specialists Lorann Lombardini and Sammy Devereaux.

“It takes a while to change the culture of a program and to change the expectations,” McCaw said. “It doesn’t happen overnight. That started this summer at open gym. It began with asking what are the expectations and the goals and how to make them a reality. These kids now can draw a line and start something new.”

The Trojans open the season tonight against Hammond Morton before going on the road for matches at Munster and Andrean.



Posted 8/14/2018




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