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
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
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
“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 --
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.
Central 6-2 (1-0 DAC); Chesterton 3-1 (0-1 DAC).
Lake Central 25-25,
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
Lake Central 25-25,
freshmen team dropped a 25-16, 25-16 decision to Lake Central on Thursday.
Brooklyn Decker and Kelly Ricard led the way with three kills each. Hannah
Nabhan dished out a team-best 12 assists.
Whitmore had six digs, while Dana Jacobucci and Ziomara Garcia each tallied
five digs. Sarah Gronceski added four digs in the loss.