Girls Volleyball: Tested Joliet Catholic ready for 3A playoff run

Updated: October 22, 2012 9:40PM

Winners of 11 straight regional titles, Joliet Catholic opens the Class 3A playoffs Tuesday at the Morris Regional, but a 12th straight title will be no cakewalk for the Angels.

“There’s a reason we play the schedule that we do,” Joliet Catholic coach Christine Scheibe said. “It’s to prepare us for this time. We have to stay focused and get the job done. I think we’ll be ready.”

The Angels (29-6) will play the winner of Monday’s Morris vs. Coal City match at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the semifinals. Should they win that match, the Providence vs. Lincoln-Way West winner awaits in the regional final.

Joliet Catholic started the season with only two returning starters, Morgan Reardon and Mallory Mangun, but tested by a brutal schedule week in and week out, the Angels have come out the better. Dana Nowaczyk, Morgan Stenson, Sarah Adler, Katelyn Seeman, Julia Shemaitis and Angela Vera all have played key roles.

“In 3A, if we play like we can, we’ve got a good shot to go somewhere in the postseason,” Scheibe said. “Everyone on this team has contributed from player No. 1 to player No. 12.”

Loaded road for L-Way Central

Winning a program-best 27 matches this season, Lincoln-Way Central would figure to be a top three seed in many regionals.

But hosting a ridiculously loaded 4A sectional, the Knights earned a No. 7 seed.

Coach Kathy Sulkowski’s squad likely will face a 24-win Lincoln-Way North team in Tuesday’s regional semifinals. Should the Knights win, they likely will face No. 2-seed Marist.

“I feel this team is ready and they’re playing well as a unit,” Sulkowski said. “There are a few tweaks we need to do to be mentally prepared. I know this team can do it and they’re ready to do it. They want it really bad.”

Conference title for Coalers

Finishing its Interstate Eight schedule with a three-set win over Westmont, Coal City (8-2) won the conference title. It was the program’s first since 2009.

“I am so proud of each and every player on this team for never giving up,” Coalers coach Michael Lanoue said.

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