Girls volleyball: Vikings raly to win sectional
By WIll Culbertson Post-Tribune correspondent October 20, 2012 11:40PM
Updated: November 22, 2012 6:56AM
VALPARAISO — It took four games, but Valparaiso dispatched Michigan City 3-1 (23-25, 25-17, 25-20, and 25-11) to capture its second straight 4A sectional championship.
Both teams were tired; having survived five-game matches earlier in the day during the semi-finals.
“I told the girls to make it easy on themselves for once and win it in four,” said Vikings head coach Katie Lenard.
After dropping the first game, Valparaiso tightened up its game and took care of business in front of their home crowd.
“It was awesome to be able to win in front of them because they’ve been so supportive all year,” said Lenard.
Momentum really started to shift the Vikings way in the third game. That’s when Valparaiso’s front row decided to throw a block party.
Led by freshman Anne Clark (5), the Vikings blocked 12 MC attacks for points.
“We made some adjustments and it worked out because our blocking was amazing,” said Lenard. “What was great was that it wasn’t the same girl getting all of the blocks, it was a total team effort.”
Powered by senior Sarah Puckett, the Wolves shocked the gym by stealing that first game.
“Most teams have that outside hitter that they depend on and this season, Sarah was ours,” said MC head coach Ashley Kohler. Puckett finished with a match high 13 kills.
Despite the loss, Kohler was still able to smile.
“I’m so proud of our girls because they came in here, believed in themselves, showed mental toughness and won some tough games during the sectional.” Kohler added, “Nobody expected Michigan City to be in the sectional finals except us.”
Valparaiso earned a chance to face Lake Central in the regional.