NEWARK -- If Newark Catholic volleyball coach Jeri Helfer ever needs an extra setter, she will have to look beyond the Matesich family.
The Green Wave volleyball program had a wealth of setters in one house for several years. It started with Leigh Ann Matesich (1996-1999) and her sister Molly (1998-2001) during the late '90s and continued into the early part of this decade with Sarah, who graduated in 2004.
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Junior Molly Matesich (Granville, OH/Newark Catholic) was named to the Marcia French All-Tournament Team. The team's lone representative had 55 digs and a team-high four aces in the tournament.
When first-year head coach Regan Pore sends out the John Carroll University volleyball team to the floor this fall, look for Newark Catholic graduate Molly Matesich to be a central figure in the Blue Streaks plans.
As a freshman at John Carroll, Molly appeared in 112 games for the Blue Streaks. Primarily a defensive specialist, Molly recorded 268 digs during the 2002 campaign, fourth best on the squad. She also provecd to be a reliable server for JCU, as her 31 aces were second only to senior Kristi Branam's 53 this season.
In her rookie season, Molly became part of the regular rotation for JCU immediately. She tallied what would be her season-high of 18 digs in a dramatic five-set win over Kalamazoo on September 7 to help John Carroll win the Silver Pool at the Baldwin-Wallace Marcia French Invitational. That was in her eighth match of her collegiate career.
Now entering her sophomore year, Molly will be one of eight letterwinners returning for the Blue Streaks this season. John Carroll finished the 2002 campaign with a 15-16 record overall and a 4-5 (6th place) record in the rugged Ohio Athletic Conference.