knows that when she leaves the Chesterton volleyball program, she will have
left it in a better place than she found it.
The senior setter
helped lead the Trojans to a sweep over Lowell on Thursday night, marking
Chesterton’s first postseason victory since 2016. Chesterton swept the Red
Devils 25-17, 25-13, 25-17 in the opening match of the Class 4A Valparaiso
“This felt so
good,” Vrahoretis said. “Every single year I’ve been here, we’ve lost in the
sectionals. To finally get a win in the postseason, it just means a lot.”
The Trojans were
coming off an 8-19 season when Vrahoretis joined the program in the fall of
2017. Chesterton improved to 12 wins, but was swept out of the postseason by
Portage. The Trojans won 15 matches in 2018, but were once again swept in
sectionals, falling to Michigan City in three games. Chesterton jumped to 19
wins last year, but couldn’t get beyond Crown Point in the first match of
sectionals, again getting swept in the process.
Now that the
Trojans (20-12) have won their first game of the postseason, Vrahoretis
doesn’t want to get complacent on Saturday against a Portage team that
Chesterton has beat three times already this season.
“We need to focus
and we need to work hard going into that match,” Vrahoretis said. “We need
to treat them like we haven’t played them before.”
Vrahoretis was at
the top of her game on Thursday night, delivering eight kills, 16 assists,
five digs and 10 aces. That she shined in what could’ve been the final game
of her career brought a smile to the face of Chesterton coach Amber McCaw.
“I love it,” McCaw
said. “She’s been such a hard worker for us. I love to watch her go out
there and have fun playing the game.”
Meghan Gaffigan led
the Trojans with 12 kills and seven digs as Chesterton kept the pressure on
Lowell throughout the night. Emma Ekblaw had seven kills and Brooke Smith
added five kills while Katie Nelson had 22 digs in the win.
“This is our first
postseason win in a while,” McCaw said. “None of these kids have ever
experienced this before. This was special for us. Now we go back to work.
We’ll review the film on Portage and we’ll get ready for Saturday.”
25-25-25, Lowell 17-13-17
Chesterton -- Reese
Czarniecki 2 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs; AJ Devereaux 1 dig; Emma Ekblaw 7
kills, 2 blocks, 4 digs; Eva Everett 2 aces, 3 digs; Celia Faroh 1 ace, 10
assists, 4 digs; Katie Nelson 22 digs; Grace Newman 4 assists, 2 digs; Ella
Rodriguez 2 kills, 1 block 2 digs; Brooke Smith 5 kills, 1 dig; Greta Tilden
6 digs; Maggie Vrahoretis 10 aces, 8 kills, 16 assists, 5 digs; Maddie
Wagner 1 kill, 1 block.