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Late run dooms Chesterton in DAC volleyball opener

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The match was right there for Chesterton’s taking on Thursday night. Then it wasn’t.

Now all coach TR Harlan can hope is that the Trojans learn something from a tough five-game loss to Lake Central in their Duneland Athletic Conference opener.

The Indians pulled out a 25-22, 18-25, 25-23, 20-25, 15-9 win after they scored eight straight points in the fifth game to pull ahead in a contest that at times looked like two heavyweights battling without giving an inch.

“That’s to their credit,” Harlan said of Lake Central’s late run. “When they got hot we ended up making it a little easy for them. Hopefully we’re going to learn from that.”

The Trojans (3-1, 0-1 DAC) came out strong in the first game and held a 20-19 lead before the Indians rallied to take a 1-0 advantage. Chesterton answered the bell in the second game to even the match and then battled back from a deficit to get to within 23-22 in the third game, but the Trojans couldn’t close the door and trailed 2-1.

The Indians (6-2, 1-0) scored the first three points of the fourth game and looked to be in control of the match. Chesterton weathered the storm and ultimately tied the match with a 25-20 win.

“In Game 4, we really battled when it would’ve been easy for us to just lay down after losing the third game,” Harlan said. “That was a growing up period.”

The Trojans carried over their momentum into the fifth game by scoring the first two points. With the score tied 3-3, Lake Central junior Tori Gardenhire took over the serve and led the Indians on an 8-0 run. Alyssa Stepney had five of her game-high 16 kills during the final game and helped lead the Indians to a 15-9 win.

“That was a growing up period for us as well,” Harlan said. “We need to continue to grow because it sure doesn’t get any easier with Valpo on Tuesday night.”

While the Indians were able to set up Stepney and Sam Anderson with ease, the Trojans had difficulty establishing middle hitters Abby Moon and Sammi Ostrom.

“We were too predictable,” Harlan said. “That’s something we need to work on and that’s on me. For as good as our outside hitters are, if our middles aren’t part of the game, then it doesn’t matter.”

Lake Central 25-18-25-20-15,

Chesterton 22-25-23-25-9


Lake Central -- Tori Gardenhire 4 kills, 4 blocks, 3 digs, 22-23 serving (6 aces); Sam Anderson 11 kills, 1 block, 9 digs, 15-16; Rachel Gross 14 assists, 10 digs; Stephanie Spigolon 2 blocks, 12-13 serving (2 aces), 19 assists, 11 digs; Alyssa Stepney 16 kills, 3 blocks, 18 digs, 13-15 serving (4 aces), MacKenzie Evans 11 digs, 11-12 serving (3 aces); Alex Davids 5 kills; Julia Kruzan 7 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs; Jackie Eader 3 kills.

Chesterton - Emily Marcus 8 kills, 9 digs, 2 block kills; Kennedy Baltus 22 assists, 11 digs; Shelby Snyder 15 assists, 10 digs; Madi Dubbs 2 aces, 16 digs; Aubrey Nagdeman 3 kills, 5 aces; Jessica Urycki 9 kills; Haley Notzen 6 kills, 19 digs; Abby Moon 6 kills, 2 block kills; Sammi Ostrom 8 kills, 2 block kills.

RECORDS: Lake Central 6-2 (1-0 DAC); Chesterton 3-1 (0-1 DAC).

Junior Varsity

Lake Central 25-25,

Chesterton 7-18

The Chesterton junior varsity dropped a 25-7, 25-18 decision to Lake Central on Thursday.

Maddy Cole led the offense with two kills, while Carly Culkin dished out two assists. Defensively, Laney Marcus had eight digs and Alex Devereaux tallied seven digs.


Lake Central 25-25,

Chesterton 16-16

The Chesterton freshmen team dropped a 25-16, 25-16 decision to Lake Central on Thursday.

Offensively, Brooklyn Decker and Kelly Ricard led the way with three kills each. Hannah Nabhan dished out a team-best 12 assists.

Defensively, Ella Whitmore had six digs, while Dana Jacobucci and Ziomara Garcia each tallied five digs. Sarah Gronceski added four digs in the loss.



Posted 8/29/2014