VALPARAISO — When the postseason draw came out earlier this month, it was largely assumed Valparaiso and Michigan City would meet in the semifinals of the Class 4A Valparaiso Sectional.
The assumptions held true Thursday night as the Vikings knocked off Hobart 25-6, 25-14, 25-14 in the opener and Michigan City edged Merrillville 25-10, 25-15, 25-10 in the nightcap.
The Duneland Athletic Conference rivals will meet Saturday morning at Valparaiso before Chesterton and Portage battle in the second semifinal. The championship will be held at 4 p.m.
“You can’t overlook any game,” Valparaiso coach Katie Lenard said. “You have to take every game seriously because anything can happen at any time.”
The Vikings (20-15) started the night on fire as Gillian Walls served the first 13 points of the match to give Valparaiso a big lead against the Brickies in the first game. The Vikings kept pouring it on and ran away with a 25-6 win, then came back with a pair of 25-14 wins to close out Hobart in three games.
“That was a fun start,” Lenard said. “(Walls) was serving really well and that really set the tone for us at the beginning of the night.”
Walls had 20 assists and 10 digs to go along with two aces while Purdue commit Emma Terwilliger added 23 digs and an ace. Mia Brown and Nicole Bednar each added six kills.
“We came out of the match with a lot of momentum,” Terwilliger said. “We’ve been working so hard this week because we know that after this, it’s nothing. Volleyball is so much about the mental game. We’ve been working on our attitudes and our team chemistry, because that’s the important stuff that wins games.”