The 2A Championship match pits the 34-5 Christian Academy Warriors against the 29-8 Andrean Fighting 59ERS. This will be the #1 ranked Warriors 4th appearance in the State Finals but first appearance in class 2A. This will be the first State Finals appearance for the 5th ranked Andrean 59ERS.
Notables provided by the IHSAA:
ANDREAN FIGHTING 59ERS (29-8)
IndianaPrepVolleyball.com Poll: #5
Fifth-ranked Andrean competing in its first volleyball
state finals this Saturday.
Niners bounced three-ranked teams during the state
tournament including #2 Alexandria 3-0 last Saturday
for their first semi-state crown.
According to MaxPreps.com, senior Christina Dal
Santo ranks fifth in state with 118 service aces (1.1
per set) and 10th with 651 digs (5.9 per set). Identical
twin sister Jenna Dal Santo is among the state leaders
with .399 hi ng percentage and 544 kills (4.9 per set).
Junior Serena Wagner rates 15th in state with 1,022
assists (9.2 per set).
Team also defeated two other ranked squads this
tournament – def. #6 Hammond Bishop Noll 3-1 in the
sectional semifinals on Oct. 14 and #10 Boone Grove
3-0 on Oct. 21 to repeat as regional champions. The
win over Noll avenged a regular season loss back on
Fell in five sets to Class 4A state finalist Crown Point
in the season opener for both schools on Aug. 14.
Claimed the Northwest Crossroads Conference
championship this season with a 9-1 record.
Andrean returned five starters from last year’s 32-6
regional title team.
Volleyball State Tournament History
IHSAA Membership: 1961-present
First Volleyball State Tournament Appearance: 1972
(first year of the state tournament)
State Finals Appearances (1) 2017 (2A)
Semi-State Championships (1) 2017 (2A)
Regional Championships (8) 1984, 1993, 1997 (3A), 1998
(3A), 2011 (3A), 2012 (3A), 2016 (3A), 2017 (2A)
Sectional Championships (18) 1984, 1992, 1993, 1994,
1995, 1996, 1997 (3A), 1998 (3A), 2001 (3A), 2002
(3A), 2005 (3A), 2006 (3A), 2007 (3A), 2008 (3A), 2011
(3A), 2012 (3A), 2016 (3A), 2017 (2A)
School’s IHSAA State Championship History (11)
Baseball (5) 2005 (3A), 2009 (3A), 2010 (3A), 2014 (3A),
Football (2) 2004 (3A), 2013 (3A)
Girls Soccer (1) 2016 (A)
Softball (3) 1998 (2A), 2007 (3A), 2012 (3A)
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OF INDIANA WARRIORS (34-5)
IndianaPrepVolleyball.com Poll: #1
Top-ranked Christian Academy of Indiana has
advanced to the 2A state championship match for the
first time after three consecutive appearances in the
Class A final match.
Warriors have earned their way back to the state
championship match with four starters from last year’s
31-7 state runner-up team.
Team enjoyed a 23-match winning streak earlier this
Fell to Class 4A state finalist Avon 2-0 on Oct. 7.
Turned away two ranked teams in last two outings
defeating #8 Evansville Mater Dei 3-1 for the regional
championship and outlasted #3 Covenant Christian
(Indianapolis) 3-2 in last Saturday’s semi-state.
According to MaxPreps.com statistics, senior Alli
Stumler leads the state with 731 kills (6.5 per set) and
ranks fifth with a .478 hitting percentage.
Head coach Wes Briscoe is in his first year as CAI
coach after four years as assistant to previous coach
Walter Pauly. Had also been North Harrison coach for
eight years prior to arriving at Christian Academy.
Formerly known as Graceland Christian, the school
changed its name to Christian Academy of Indiana for
2003-04 school year.
Volleyball State Tournament History
IHSAA Membership: 1980-present (formerly Graceland
First IHSAA Volleyball State Tournament: 1981
State Champion (1) 2015 (A)
State Runner-Up (2) 2014 (A), 2016 (A)
State Finals Appearances (4) 2014 (A), 2015 (A), 2016 (A),
Semi-State Championships (4) 2014 (A), 2015 (A), 2016
(A), 2017 (2A)
Regional Championships (5) 2013 (A), 2014 (A), 2015 (A),
2016 (A), 2017 (2A)
Sectional Championships (9) 2001 (A), 2003 (A), 2004 (A),
2012 (A), 2013 (A), 2014 (A), 2015 (A), 2016 (A), 2017
School’s IHSAA State Championship History (1)
Volleyball (1) 2015 (A)