Volleyball semistate: Andrean falls at Plymouth
By Steve Lowe Post-Tribune correspondent October 27, 2012 8:28PM
Andrean's Meghan Gorney returns a volley the IHSAA volleyball semi-state held at Plymouth High School in Plymouth, Ind. Saturday Oct. 27, 2012. ( Sun Times Media Photo~Joe Raymond)
Updated: November 29, 2012 6:59AM
PLYMOUTH — Early in the first game of Saturday’s first Class 3A volleyball semistate semifinal match at Plymouth, Andrean took a 6-5 lead.
That was be the last time the 59ers was ahead against Fairfield.
The Falcons (35-1) took control at the net behind middle hitter Haley Brown and advanced to the evening title match by dispatching Andrean in three straight games (25-17, 25-20, 25-11).
The 59ers (28-8) returned to the semistate with a lineup that had only one regular holdover from the senior-laden team that lost to South Bend St. Joseph last year. Coach Julie Wiejak saw some anxiety from her untested group.
“They were playing like they were afraid,” Wiejak said. “Like something was going to happen if they tried and messed up.”
Midway through the second set, Wiejak called a timeout with her team trailing 13-7 and challenged them to stop playing tentatively. The game ended up 25-20.
“That was still like one-eighth of what we’re capable of,” Wiejak said. “We weren’t even playing well and still only lost by five.”
A big reason was Brown, who was a force at the net with 15 kills and nine blocks. Wiejak pointed to her team’s mistakes as a reason for Brown’s big performance.
“She can look really impressive if you’re out of system and out of whack like we were,” Wiejak said. “We had a plan to take care of it, but there were so many other things malfunctioning out there that it became a non-factor.”
Kellie Wojciecowski and Marija Nicksic led Andrean with eight kills each. Both are juniors and look forward to returning this point for another chance.
“We did not play to our full potential,” Nicksic said. “That’s something we are not going to do if we make it back here next year.”