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Trojans advance to sectional semifinals with sweep over Lowell

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Maggie Vrahoretis knows that when she leaves the Chesterton volleyball program, she will have left it in a better place than she found it.

The senior setter helped lead the Trojans to a sweep over Lowell on Thursday night, marking Chesterton’s first postseason victory since 2016. Chesterton swept the Red Devils 25-17, 25-13, 25-17 in the opening match of the Class 4A Valparaiso sectional.

“This felt so good,” Vrahoretis said. “Every single year I’ve been here, we’ve lost in the sectionals. To finally get a win in the postseason, it just means a lot.”

The Trojans were coming off an 8-19 season when Vrahoretis joined the program in the fall of 2017. Chesterton improved to 12 wins, but was swept out of the postseason by Portage. The Trojans won 15 matches in 2018, but were once again swept in sectionals, falling to Michigan City in three games. Chesterton jumped to 19 wins last year, but couldn’t get beyond Crown Point in the first match of sectionals, again getting swept in the process.

Now that the Trojans (20-12) have won their first game of the postseason, Vrahoretis doesn’t want to get complacent on Saturday against a Portage team that Chesterton has beat three times already this season.

“We need to focus and we need to work hard going into that match,” Vrahoretis said. “We need to treat them like we haven’t played them before.”

Vrahoretis was at the top of her game on Thursday night, delivering eight kills, 16 assists, five digs and 10 aces. That she shined in what could’ve been the final game of her career brought a smile to the face of Chesterton coach Amber McCaw.

“I love it,” McCaw said. “She’s been such a hard worker for us. I love to watch her go out there and have fun playing the game.”

Meghan Gaffigan led the Trojans with 12 kills and seven digs as Chesterton kept the pressure on Lowell throughout the night. Emma Ekblaw had seven kills and Brooke Smith added five kills while Katie Nelson had 22 digs in the win.

“This is our first postseason win in a while,” McCaw said. “None of these kids have ever experienced this before. This was special for us. Now we go back to work. We’ll review the film on Portage and we’ll get ready for Saturday.”

IHSAA Sectional

Chesterton 25-25-25, Lowell 17-13-17


Chesterton -- Reese Czarniecki 2 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs; AJ Devereaux 1 dig; Emma Ekblaw 7 kills, 2 blocks, 4 digs; Eva Everett 2 aces, 3 digs; Celia Faroh 1 ace, 10 assists, 4 digs; Katie Nelson 22 digs; Grace Newman 4 assists, 2 digs; Ella Rodriguez 2 kills, 1 block 2 digs; Brooke Smith 5 kills, 1 dig; Greta Tilden 6 digs; Maggie Vrahoretis 10 aces, 8 kills, 16 assists, 5 digs; Maddie Wagner 1 kill, 1 block.

Record: Chesterton 20-12,


Posted 10/16/2020




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