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Volleyball: Andrean’s Marisa Beemsterboer has gone from transfer to team captain

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Updated: October 11, 2013 6:24AM



It might not have gone so smooth for someone else.

But Andrean senior Marisa Beemsterboer made the transition look so seamless going from new kid to starting libero for the defending Class 3A sectional and regional champs a year ago.

Now she’s the team captain. And she’s not just hoping to help the team three-peat at the sectional and regional but make a dent at the semistate level.

Her coach Julie Wiejak believes she’s the type of player to help the 59ers do that this year.

“She’s only been with us for two years and you’d never know that,” the third-year coach said. “She’s been a sparkplug since she’s got here; she does things so naturally and I’ve just helped her fine tune her game. She took little pointers to heart and it’s taken her game to a whole new level.

“It’s not easy to come to a new school, make varsity, get a starting spot, have everybody immediately like you ... and they’re girls and they loved her from the minute she got here.”

Beemsterboer knew some of her teammates from playing club volleyball at Diamond Elite so that helped in her transition. She also lettered at Lake Central her sophomore year so she had plenty of varsity experience.

“I knew Kellie (Wojciechowski) and some of the other girls,” Beemsterboer said. “But I still had to earn my way into the starting lineup. I didn’t play at all the first game and I went in and played some the second game. I was starting by the third game.”

Wiejak said Beemsterboer let all her play do the talking last season.

“We had another person in the program for a while and she calmly and respectively earned the spot,” Wiejak said. “She let all of her work speak for herself and then she added the mouth after she gained the respect.”

She’s one of the biggest talkers on the court her senior year and Wiejak loves it.

“She’s comfortable being bad cop but that’s not in a bad way,” Wiejak said. “She talks effectively but she’s not going to pat you on the back when you make a mistake. She’ll tell you get the next one. She’s our energy source and it’s so awesome to build our team around that.”

The 59ers are 2-0 in the Northwest Crossroads Conference heading into their big match against defending champion Munster today at home.

The team’s goal is to win the NCC but Wiejak would rather them focus on improving each match and gaining confidence heading into the post-season. The 59ers are really hoping to compete at the semistate level this season.

Andrean lost to Fairfield 25-17, 25-20, 25-11 in the Class 3A Plymouth Semistate semifinal last year and to South Bend St. Joseph 25-23, 25-17, 25-15 in ‘11.

Wiejak said she’s hoping Beemsterboer can make the difference this post-season for the 59ers.

“She’s going to hold people accountable,” Wiejak said. “When we lost at semistate the past two years, it was like there was a dome around the court and my words couldn’t penetrate it.... I think she’ll be that calming factor on the court. She has power over people and she’ll be a powerful voice on the court.”



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