Shorthanded West Lafayette volleyball team falls at top-ranked Marian in regional

Shorthanded West Lafayette volleyball team falls at top-ranked Marian in regional

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Shorthanded West Lafayette volleyball team falls at top-ranked Marian in regional

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West Lafayette took a 2-0 lead in Game 2 of the Class 3A high school volleyball regional at Marian.

By the time the Red Devils scored their next point, it was to cut their deficit to nine points, 14-3.

By the time the Red Devils scored their next point, it was to cut Marian’s lead to 19-4.

There would be no more points for the Red Devils after that.

Top-ranked Marian unleashed a blistering attack against a shorthanded West Lafayette club to storm to a 25-12, 25-4, 25-15 victory Tuesday night.

Marian (35-1) advances to a power-packed Plymouth Semistate on Saturday that features four of the state’s top 10 teams. West Lafayette’s season ends at 20-13.

Allison Ketcham led a balanced Marian assault with 13 kills and 17 digs. Jordan Bueter contributed 10 kills, two aces and six digs. Maggie Gibson made 32 assists, had seven kills and had three blocks. Laura Szuba reeled off a string of 11 consecutive points serving, and Gabrielle Ravotto served 10 consecutive points.

“We had a big offensive showcase,” Marian coach Dan Anderson said. “We came in with a lot of firepower.

“Our kids performed. I like the fact that they stayed composed and kept the offense going no matter who was across the net from them. They were going to run our system, and they weren’t going to get out of sync because of what the other team was doing. If they can perform the way they are now, they can knock off anybody.”

Hasler said that the Knights turned in one of their more dominating performances.

“Our passers did a really good job of digging everything up and making perfect passes to our setter, Maggie Gibson, who made phenomenal sets,” Hasler said. “And then we got the kills. We see where the court is open, and try to get the kill.

“We pride ourselves on our balance. We’ve played together for a lot of years. Most of us have played together since grade school, and we played travel together in the offseason. We practice extra … every day we’re in the gym. We don’t have an offseason. We work really hard.”

Sophie Shinn led West Lafayette with six kills and eight digs. The Red Devils played without starting outside hitter Katie Shively, who was out due to illness. Shively is also one of West Lafayette’s top passers. The Red Devils were also without starting setter Devin Hainje, who left her uniform at home.

“It’s tough to play a team like Marian without 30 percent of your offense,” West Lafayette coach Chad Marshall said. “I think it would have been a different match if we were at full strength. The experience level changes. For the better part of the match, we had two freshmen, two sophomores, a junior and a senior on the court. Playing the No. 1 team in the state is not the match you want to do that in.

“We have some height and some younger kids, some kids who have put in a lot of work to get better. The future is bright for us. We thought this was going to be a rebuilding year. We lost four seniors last year that had pretty much every swing for three years. We were able to have a good season this year. We won the big matches when they counted. We won the sectional and got back to the regional for the third year in a row.”

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