HAMMOND | With a flourish and a flurry, Asya Hobbs slammed a second-straight kill then pounded her foot on the floor.
The senior and her Bishop Noll teammates surprised a lackadaisical Andrean volleyball team with a four-game win Tuesday in a showdown of Catholic school rivals.
With a 25-23, 25-23, 20-25, 26-24 victory, the Warriors gained bragging rights and a lot of self esteem with the win.
"At our 100 percent, we're really strong, and it's hard to stop us," Hobbs said.
Noll came back from deficits in the first and fourth games and nearly cruised to victory in the second game.
In the third, Andrean took a commanding 16-8 lead before a 5-0 run from Bishop Noll made the game win hard to put away.
"The first two sets, we controlled the momentum," said Noll junior Carley Capello, who had 24 kills. "We had to remember that we can do that."
The Warriors had a 13-7 lead in the fourth game, and the pesky 59ers refused to let them shut the door. Pecking back with kills from Kellie Wojciechowski and Marija Nicksic, the Times No. 4 Niners (16-4) tied the game at 20-20 and again until 24-24 when Hobbs made the final two of her 19 kills.
"This is huge for us," Bishop Noll coach Dave Rodriguez said. "Even though they're not a conference team, we have that rivalry with Andrean, so we're always up for this, and there was a lot of energy.
"THe whole season has been about taking steps, and this was a huge step for us. I hope that this carries over."
Carissa Jones chipped in 12 kills, and Emily Johnson had 29 assists to lead the Warriors.
Wojciechowski led Andrean with 21 kills, but the uninspired game left coach Julie Wiejak with a bad taste.
"We have to reassess some priorities. We have to have a reason to be here," Wiejak said. "When you play without a reason to be here, things get lost. You have to have a reason to put on that jersey."