Volleyball: Focused Niners take care of business, win regional
By Ryan Haskell Post-Tribune correspondent October 23, 2012 11:38PM
Andrean's Kathleen Sievert goes up for a shot against Griffith's Ciarra Kroslack and Jasmine Alvarez in the second set Tuesday evening during regional play at Andrean High School. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 25, 2012 11:49AM
MERRILLVILLE — “Business, right away, business,” Andrean coach Julie Wiejak yelled to her team from the sideline before Game 2 on Tuesday.
Her 59ers had already won the first game, 25-9, but wanted to make sure there was no letdown.
Andrean won the second game, 25-4, then took the third game, 25-16, claiming the Class 3A regional for the second straight season. It was the program’s sixth regional title.
The 59ers will travel to Plymouth on Saturday to take on the Fort Wayne Concordia Regional winner at 10 a.m.
Andrean (28-7) took no prisoners Tuesday, keeping the Panthers’ biggest offensive threat, Lisette Roldan, from getting anything started for her squad. The junior outside hitter finished with four kills for Griffith (12-21).
The 59ers, on the other hand, executed to near perfection — especially in Game 2 — as they killed and blocked point after point in one of their most lopsided wins of the season.
“You have to make this time of year about your goals and what you want,” Wiejak said. “So whoever they put on the other side of the net shouldn’t be as important as what you’re working on. Our blocking was great even when they tried to get the balls back over when (setter Grace) Cooper was serving.”
Kellie Wojciechowski was the biggest threat at the net for Andrean, recording 15 kills. Marija Nicksic had eight kills, Lauren Stazinski recorded four kills and Cooper tallied 27 assists.
Wojciechowski said winning a second straight is just one of the team’s goals in the postseason.
“We couldn’t take Griffith lightly,” the junior outside hitter said. “We wanted to stop Lisette and shut her down and we wanted to be smart with our shots.
“We went to semistate last year and we’re working on things that we need to improve on so that we can go down there and take it.”
Wojciechowski, who will be counted on heavily if the 59ers want to win that elusive title, hit smart and effectively in the third game. After Griffith came back from a nine-point deficit to make the score 17-14, she smashed down three kills and recorded an ace in the team’s 9-2 run to finish the match.
The Panthers’ serve receive let them down immensely.
“We knew what we needed to do. We practiced and prepped for it and we didn’t do it,” Griffith coach Erin Delaney said. “Serve receive just killed me. I had talked to them who had run points on us previously; they were serving tough floats and we needed to move our feet and stick your pass and we didn’t do it.”