Trojans Capture First State Volleyball Title In 8 Years PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rosemarie Kelly   
Sunday, 04 November 2012 01:27

By Rosemarie Kelly

Bishop Chatard first-year volleyball coach Nick Wolf received an unforgettable trifecta Saturday at the state volleyball tournament. He coached the Trojans to its first state volleyball championship in eight years, avenged last year's state tournament loss to Yorktown -- and the best win of all -- he gained a fiance.



Class 3A No. 3 Bishop Chatard pulled out a gritty, hard-fought win over rival, defending state champ and No. 1-ranked Yorktown in five sets - 25-20, 19-25, 25-17, 22-25 and 15-12 - in a match at Worthen Arena at Ball State University that lasted two hours and seven minutes.

"I'm exhausted," an elated Wolf said just minutes after the game. "The girls changed their whole attitude from last year and set out to win a championship. Last year, they didn't believe in themselves and didn't have this confidence. We've worked hard all year to get back to state and win."

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Down on one knee

As the team all stood hand-in-hand off the court in a big circle shortly after receiving their championship medals, they waited patiently for coach Wolf to stand in the center and address the team. Suddenly, volunteer assistant coach Suzanne Van Schaack was in the center of the circle too, and Wolf went down on one knee and pulled a small box out of his pants pockets.

He asked Van Schaack to marry him, she looked stunned, then answered yes, and the girls all shrieked with glee as the couple embraced and kissed. Coach Wolf had shown the girls the ring on Friday and told them he planned to ask his girlfriend to marry him if the Trojans won the game.

Avenging last year's loss

Bishop Chatard faced No. 1 Yorktown in the 2011 title match and lost in three straight sets 25-13, 25-19, 25-15. They faced Yorktown on Aug. 25 and lost again. "We didn't have the offense we have now when we played them early on," Wolf said. "We pass a lot better and we're better on defense."

It showed during the final set. It was see-saw all the way, with the Trojans and the Tigers trading point-for-point. In the final set, Chatard had 8 kills and were 8-13 for 61 percent on sideouts.

The Trojans took an early 8-5 lead in the fifth set, with Marissa Collier getting three of her eight kills during that streak. Yorktown fought back and tied the score at 9-9. It was a see-saw battle for the next few points, but then Chatard found itself with a 13-10 lead and Yorktown called time out.

Yorktown battled back again and it was 13-12. Yorktown sophomore Taylor Zwicki went for the serve and it went long and Chatard was now up 14-12. Sophomore Anna Logan and setter Ellen Schroeder combined on the winning point when their block of ball hit by Yorktown's star Nikki Box hit the line and Yorktown couldn't return the ball. Chatard celebrated the 15-12 win of the final set.

Sophomore Anna Logan led the team with 20 kills, followed by junior Hannah Gardner with 14 kills. Mary Kilbane had 22 digs.

The victory was the second 3A state volleyball title in the school's history and the first since 2004.

Football team has special message

The Class 3A No. 1 ranked football team greeted the volleyball team before they left Bishop Chatard grounds this morning with special send off. The team surprised the volleyball team by making them a human tunnel and told them to go win state.

Collier wins mental attitude award

Senior Marissa Collier, who achieved 8 kills and 15 digs in the match, had a double reason to celebrate when she was named the mental attitude award winner. She is third in her class with a 4.3 average and is an ICGSA Academic All-State selection.




1983 ─ Trojans blank Plainfield 2-0 in girls soccer.

1995 ─ Junior Joe Holland tosses three TDS to lead Trojans to 32-20 win over Broad Ripple.

2000 ─ Cathedral's defense shuts down Trojans 28-7 in football tilt.

2005 ─ Bishop Chatard posts lowest score of 15 points to capture the Division A in the Pike Hokum Karem (Girls).

2007 ─ John Sahm hooked up with Chris Barnes on 3 TD passes to lead Bishop Chatard to a 34-6 win over Brebeuf.

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