Girls Volleyball: Joliet Catholic getting things together at right time
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media October 28, 2013 10:10PM
Joliet Catholic's Julia Shemaitis makes a dig vs. St. Francis. | Judy Fidkowski~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 1, 2013 7:57AM
Injuries. Ineligibilities. Inconsistency. Joliet Catholic has seen it all this season.
Heading into Tuesday’s Class 3A Aurora Central Catholic Regional, the Angels look to be catching fire at the right time. Joliet Catholic is riding a four-match winning streak.
“For the past four or five matches we’ve had our starting lineup back together,” Angels coach Chris Scheibe said. “We’ve had a little doubt in our mind, but (a three-set win at Marian Catholic) helped prove we can play volleyball. We can dig, set, hit, and these wins are getting us some confidence.”
The Angels will play Tinley Park at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Providence, the No. 2 seed in the regional, fell to Joliet Catholic in two sets in early October.
“No matter who you play, if you don’t go out ready to play on any given night, anyone can beat you,” Scheibe said. “Anything can happen. It’s on us to be mentally ready. Our juniors are really stepping up.”
Scheibe credited senior setter Miranda Rodriguez for her strong leadership as the Angels’ second setter.
Julia Shemaitis (232 kills, 170 digs, 27 aces) has been a huge presence for Joliet Catholic on and off the court with Maddie Naal (63 block kills, 90 kills), Madeline Grimm (192 kills), Mary Murphy (41 aces, 516 assists) and Mallory Krzysciak (309 digs) also key contributors.
for loaded sectional
Coming off a week that saw her team earn two three-set wins, Lockport coach Erika Lange hopes those singular bad games are in the past.
Lockport is seeded eighth in the Class 4A Plainfield South Sectional and will play ninth-seeded Naperville Central on Tuesday in the Plainfield East Regional.
“There are so many evenly matched teams in the regional and into the sectional,” Lange said. “We can’t have a bad game or have players take nights off. We have to have everyone play well.”
Kayla Pfeiffer (230 kills, 239 assists), Olivia Witsaman (263 assists, 96 kills) and Lindsey Visvardis (374 digs) lead the Porters (21-14).
Player of the Week
Claire Vrabec, of Lincoln-Way Central, is the Herald-News Girls Volleyball Player of the Week.
Vrabec, a senior right-side hitter, set Central’s single-season record for aces, piling up 63 aces over 35 matches. She finished with eight aces, four kills and three digs over two matches to help Lincoln-Way Central pull into a three-way tie for the SouthWest Suburban Red title.