Girls volleyball: Munster starts fast, holds off Andrean for key NCC win
BY RYAN HASKELL Post-Tribune correspondent October 3, 2013 9:24PM
Updated: November 5, 2013 6:40AM
MUNSTER — There will be a rematch between Andrean and Munster.
But it might be too late for it to matter for the 59ers when it comes down to the conference standings.
The Mustangs’ 25-16, 25-12, 23-25, 25-22 win over Andrean at home on Thursday night gives them a two-game lead in the Northwest Crossroads Conference standings with four matches left in the season. These two teams were originally scheduled to meet on Sept. 10, but record high temperatures in Northwest Indiana forced the schools to cancel the match because of heat. The makeup date is at Andrean on Oct. 16.
This was a huge win, according to Mustangs senior setter Morgan Switalla.
“We knew coming into Andrean we wanted to get up for this and that they were going to get up for us,” the three-year varsity player said. “I play club with Marisa Beemsterboer and Kellie Wojo (Wojciechowski) so we know Marisa can pick up everything and Kellie can hit hard so we knew we had to block well and play good defense.
“They wanted to come beat us in our house and we had to stop them.”
It looked like Andrean (17-6, 5-2) was a little late showing up to the party, though, as the Mustangs (23-1, 8-0) won the first game by nine points and cruised to a 13-point victory in Game 2. Wiejak finally lit a fire under the 59ers before the third game and it almost took them all the way.
The 59ers won the third game and led 14-11 and 19-17 in the fourth. The match was tied at 21-all before Munster’s Shannon Farrell recorded a kill and block on back-to-back points and Elizabeth Kloos put it away with a kill.
Wiejak was fired up after the match and proud of her team’s hustle in the last two games, saying that this loss should get her team motivated for the rest of the season — including the state tournament.
“This is the (team) I knew existed all along (in the third and fourth games),” she said. “It’s the one I know that has had a state championship run in them all along.
“I just saw what I needed to get this done. They are willing to do the fearless work and I owe it to them to put everything I can on the line to get them that game on Oct. 16. Wherever it puts us in conference ... cool.
“We keep losing at semistate because we’re afraid. We keep losing to Munster (because) we’re afraid. It’s the elephant in the room nobody wants to talk about. I talk about it. Between Games 2 and 3: ‘What happened?’ Now that we got it out, we can win at semistate, I know we can because we can deal with fear and say we’re afraid but put on our big girl pants and go and do stuff out there.”
Wiejak wasn’t done there, though. She wanted everybody in the area to know that her team isn’t timid to play Munster.
“I don’t feel like we lost tonight,” she said. “And before I was done talking to them I told them: ‘I promise you that when I talk to those reporters that I will go out there and tell them that was the first team who has stepped on the other side of the net not afraid of Munster.’”
Looks like the rematch will matter.