JV volleyball dominates first invitational


The JV team celebrates their win against Chesterton. The last game was close and tense, but the girls won 25-22.

Samantha Gross and lakecentralnews

It was 9:00 Saturday morning, and the JV volleyball Invitational was in full swing. Sweat was dripping off of fans and players alike. The foyer was crowded with people who were trying to get a breath of fresh, cold air, but nothing stopped the JV volleyball team from its goal of conquering every match.

The first match against Morton went swimmingly, and the JV girls stole the games 25-5 and 25-4. When they moved on to play Highland, they did not let their previous win get to their head. They won in two games: 25-14 and 25-7. After the triumph, the girls faced Chesterton in the match that would determine who would move on to the final round. They won the first game 25-11, but were down for most of the second game. The Lady Indians brought it back with a close win of 25-22. The unswerving team took no mercy.

“We have a very strong group of committed players that play for their team rather than themselves,” Coach Jennifer Fandl said.

The team proved strong indeed, but when they faced Crown Point in the championship game, the emotion shifted. Crown Point was the biggest competitor in the invitational.

“I was a little nervous, but the whole team is really welcoming,” Nicole Milaszewski (9) said.

The girls kept their cool in the blistering heat, winning 25-13 and 25-19 in two swift games. Trophy in hand and smiles on their faces, the champions confidently walked out of the heat wave.

“[The tournament] gave them the confidence they need as individual players and as a team,” Fandl said.

All volleyball teams will face rival Munster tonight at home at 5:00.