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Andrean's MarisBeemsterboer tips ball over net scoring 2nd set Andrean High School Merrillville Thursday September 27 2012. | Jim Karczewski~for

Andrean's Marisa Beemsterboer tips the ball over the net scoring in the 2nd set at Andrean High School in Merrillville on Thursday September 27, 2012. | Jim Karczewski~for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 10, 2012 6:26AM



Andrean coach Julie Wiejak is not a fan of the blind draw for sectionals.

She has a point.

Her team and Kankakee Valley would probably be seeded No. 1 and No. 2 if the IHSAA seeded the sectionals but it’s been a blind draw or 41 years.

So the top two teams in the Class 3A Sectional 18 at Knox will butt heads at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 for the chance to advance to the semifinals. Each team has defeated the other once in Northwest Crossroads Conference action so Thursday’s match will decide things once and for all.

“There is a team that’s won five matches and they got a bye,” Wiejak said. “I’ll take what I can and I’ll do what I need to do to win sectionals but the process is stupid. In Illinois, we vote; the coaches have to turn in a seeding sheet and it takes a half-hour; it’s not that hard. It’s sad that Indiana is so half-backwards.”

Four-time Class 4A Sectional 1 champion Munster got the bye in its seven-team sectional for the second straight year. The Mustangs (23-5) will face the winner of the Lowell-West Side game on at 10 a.m. Oct. 20 for the chance to advance to the 4 p.m. sectional championship.

Sectional co-favorite Lake Central, which recently knocked off LaPorte in four games, opens the tournament against Highland and plays the Morton-East Chicago winner if it advances past the quarterfinals.

Mustangs coach Tracy Summers was obviously pleased to get the extra rest.

“It’s nice for preparations,” she said. “We’ve had three matches a week for the last month so it gives us a chance to practice and tune up for sectionals. I’m glad that Lake Central is on the other side of the bracket too because we should both be there at the end and that makes for a real championship.”

Valparaiso and LaPorte can’t be loving their opening round match against each other. Both teams would be considered favorites to win it all. But one of these teams will be eliminated on Oct. 18. Even more so... Chesterton and Crown Point — which would probably be considered darkhorses — face each other in the Oct. 18 nightcap so the top four teams in the sectional will not face off in the sectional championship.

That should give Hobart or Michigan City the best odds to reach the title game at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at Valparaiso.

In the Class 3A Sectional 17 at Griffith, favorite Gavit opens the tournament against Clark. Defending champion Griffith plays in the second match Oct. 18 against Lew Wallace. The championship is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 20.

Wheeler, which won its first regional title last season, opens the state tournament in the Class 2A Sectional 33 at River Forest against Lake Station at 6 p.m. Oct. 18. Whiting and River Forest drew the bye and face each Oct. 20.

Bearcats coach Alisha Polite, who just guided her team to a 7-0 Greater South Shore Conference mark, was psyched to meet the regular season goal but can’t wait to get sectionals started.

“Winning conference was a goal for this team and eight seniors,” Polite said. “It was nice for them to reach that goal right before going into the post-season.”

Class A, Sectional 49 champion Washington Township drew the bye and faces Morgan Township in the semifinals on Oct. 20. The championship match is set for 6 p.m.



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