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CHS Volleyball opens at Hammond Morton

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The Chesterton varsity volleyball team will open its 2013 season in search of answers tonight at Hammond Morton.

“We lost a very talented group of seniors that won a lot of matches for the program over the last four years,” 10th-year head coach TR Harlan said. “We’ve got a couple of seniors back with some experience that will be in new roles and a talented group of juniors that have been waiting for their chance.”

The Trojans have to replace 94 percent of last year’s kills and will turn to senior middle hitter Ali Ostrom, along with juniors Emily Marcus, Jessica Urycki and Aubrey Nagdeman.

“Ali is coming off an injury, but has looked really good in practice early on,” Harlan said. “The key to us will be keeping the ball in play and getting kills when they present themselves. We can’t make a lot of hitting errors, so consistency will be very important.”

Freshman Sammi Ostrom will fill the other starting middle hitter spot and senior Sara Tarnowski moves from libero to outside hitter.

“Sammi is as good a freshman as I’ve seen come through our program since I’ve been here,” Harlan said. “She’s played high-level club ball and I think she’s ready to make an immediate impact. Sara is battling back from a tough knee injury and getting stronger every day. She’s a tough kid. She’ll be ready when we need her.”

The Trojans also loss both of last year’s setters to graduation and will turn to juniors Shelby Snyder and Kennedy Baltus.

“Shelby and Kennedy have gotten 100 percent better just in the first two weeks of the season,” Harlan said. “They have adapted to the faster tempo we are trying to play at and have done a really nice job of mixing up our attack.”

Harlan believes defense will be the key to this year’s team though.

“For the first time in my career here, we are going to have to be a great defensive team,” Harlan said. “We don’t have the big hitters we’ve had in the past that can just terminate a ball when we are in trouble. We’ll have to play really hard and execute on defense for us to have success.”

Libero Jordyn Moleski returns to anchor the middle back of the defense, while Tarnowski, Marcus, senior Ashley Hecimovich and junior Jordyn Moleski all will be called on as well.

“I think by the end of the season, we’ve got a chance to be pretty good,” Harlan said. “They are inexperienced for the most part and how quickly they adjust to how hard you have to play every day at practice and in every match will determine how much success we have.”

Freshmen Haley Notzen and Brittany Milzarek, along with sophomore Kaitlin Kuypers, round out the roster.

 

Posted 8/20/2013