GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Wheeler opens Class 3A era with volleyball sectional draw

2013-10-14T21:00:00Z 2013-12-12T22:39:11Z Wheeler opens Class 3A era with volleyball sectional drawHillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

Wheeler is the fourth-smallest school in Class 3A and as it entered its first IHSAA draw in the new classification, the volleyball team held the distinction of reigning sectional champs.

The Bearcats leave their Class 2A title in the trophy case and will face host Knox in their first try in the new class. The winner of that game will play the winner of Andrean vs. Kankakee Valley, with the champion likely playing against Class 3A No. 7 New Prairie.

Wheeler is slated to finish the regular season Thursday against sectional foe Andrean.

In the Class 4A Crown Point Sectional, defending champ Valparaiso drew Michigan City with the winner facing the winner of Chesterton vs. Portage in the semifinal.

Valparaiso fell last season to Lake Central in the regional, and the Indians drew the bye in Sectional 1 and will play the winner of Munster vs. Morton in one semifinal.

"Honestly, I would have liked to have been opposite of Munster, ideally, but I'm not opposed to just playing Saturday," Lake Central coach Tina Tinberg said. "We'll have all week to prepare.

"It's always going to be an epic battle, both programs are so strong."

Munster topped the Indians in August before Lake Central went on to win the Duneland Athletic Conference.

"L.C. is definitely in my mind our rival for the last few years playing sectionals," Munster coach Tracy Summers said. "I feel very happy about playing them in the morning. We play well in the morning. We've beaten some really good teams playing in the morning."

Lake Central beat Munster last season in a marathon five-game set with the winner coming at 21-19 in Game 5.

In Class 2A, where Wheeler used to haunt, Boone Grove moves into the sectional at Lake Station and will open against River Forest.

Another sectional champ from last season, Marquette Catholic, hosts Covenant Christian in the first game trying to defend its' title. The Blazers reached the semistate semifinal, falling to eventual state champion Cowan in three games.

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