After a stunning semifinal victory over Valparaiso, the Chesterton
volleyball team fell 26-24, 25-19, 25-11 to Crown Point in the IHSAA
Sectional Finals on Saturday night.
“After such an emotional win in the afternoon, I thought the first game was
really going to be a key,” Chesterton coach TR Harlan said. “The winner of
that game could ride the emotion the rest of the night.”
The Trojans and Bulldogs battled point-for-point in game one and through
most of game two until Crown Point pulled away and cruised through game
“It’s so hard to maintain that kind of effort and emotion,” Harlan said.
“You can only go to the well so often before its goes dry.”
Emily Marcus led the Trojan offense with nine kills against the Bulldogs,
while Aubrey Nagdeman and Jessica Urycki each tallied four kills.
Defensively, Jordyn Moleski had 12 digs with Marcus added eight. Sara
Tarnowski and Shelby Snyder each had six digs.
In the semifinals, the Trojans battled back from a 2-0 deficit to beat
Valparaiso 17-25, 17-25, 25-23, 25-23, 16-14.
“I couldn’t be prouder of a group of kids to battle back like that,” Harlan
said. “Against a team as good as Valpo, to battle and fight for every point
like that is a tremendous show of character by the girls.”
Urycki led the offense with 14 kills as Marcus and Tarnowski each tallied
“We made a change in game 3 and put in Sara (Tarnowski),” Harlan said. “She
had the match of her life today. That’s what seniors do in big games.”
Snyder dished out a team-best 20 assists with Kennedy Baltus adding 19
helpers. Tarnowski also had four service aces with Moleski tallying three
Defensively, Moleski had 20 digs and Marcus recorded 18. Tarnowski and
Baltus each had 15 digs with Snyder adding 10.
The Trojans finished the season 23-13 overall.
AT CROWN POINT
Chesterton -- Brittany Milzarek 1 kill; Aubrey Nagdeman 7 kills, 2 block
kills; Emily Marcus 8 kills, 18 digs; Sammi Ostrom 7 kills, 4 block kills;
Shelby Snyder 2 kills, 20 assists, 10 digs; Sara TarnowskI 8 kills, 4 aces,
15 digs; Jordyn Moleski 3 aces, 20 digs; Ali Ostrom 1 kill; Ashley
Hecimovich 2 digs; Jessica Urycki 14 kills, 1 block kill; Kennedy Baltus 2
kills, 19 assists, 15 digs.
Record -- Chesterton 23-12.
Crown Point 26-25-25, Chesterton 24-19-11
AT CROWN POINT
Chesterton -- Ashley Hecimovich 1 dig; Sara Tarnowski 6 digs; Emily Marcus 9
kills, 8 digs; Kennedy Baltus 5 assists; Shelby Snyder 11 assists, 6 digs;
Jordyn Moleski 12 digs; Aubrey Nagdeman 4 kills, 2 aces, 3 digs; Jessica
Urycki 4 kills, 2 block kills; Brittany Milzarek 1 block kill; Sammi Ostrom
2 kills, 1 block kill; Ali Ostrom 1 dig, 1 block kill.
Record -- Chesterton 23-13.