The Chesterton volleyball team learned that lesson the hard way on Tuesday
night as the Trojans picked up the school’s first ever Duneland Athletic
Conference title with a 16-25, 25-17, 25-21, 22-25, 16-14 win over Crown
Chesterton finished the DAC season with a 13-1 record, tying LaPorte for top
Game one was all Crown Point as they celebrated Senior Night with an
impressive display that turned into a 25-16 victory. Game two saw the Trojans
turn things around and even the match with a 25-17 win.
Game three was back-and-forth with Chesterton getting a 25-21 win that
featured a 4-0 run to finish the scoring. Game four went back to Crown Point
25-22, setting up a fifth game finale.
In game five, Chesterton jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Crown Point stormed
back. The game would tie again at 9-all before the Bulldogs appeared to take
Crown Point served for the match up 14-13 when Emily Mozwecz ripped a ball
cross-court for a point. When Amanda Gough blocked a ball and pushed it back
over the net to an open spot in the middle of the floor, the Trojans led
When the Trojans served with their first game point, Crown Point’s attack
never cleared the net and Chesterton left with a victory.
Offensively, Mozwecz led the Trojans with 13 kills, while Kaelyn Marcus had
12 kills. MaryBeth Ryan, Morgan Palombizio and Nikki Gambin all had five
kills in the victory.
Gough dished out 32 assists, while recording four kills as well.
From the service line, Stephanie Harrell tallied eight service aces, while
Marcus added two.
Defensively, Harrell had 22 digs, while Amanda Vasquez had a career-high 17
digs. Kirstyn Nallenweg added 12 digs and Gough tallied 11 digs. Elissa
Herakovich finished with nine digs and Marcus added eight digs.
At the net, Ryan had seven block kills, while Marcus added three blocks.
Palombizio tallied two kills in the win.
Crown Pont 25-17-21-25-14
AT CROWN POINT
Chesterton – Nikki Gamblin 5 kills; Stephanie Harrell 8 service aces, 22
digs; Elissa Herakovich 9 digs; Kirstyn Nallenweg 12 digs; Emily Mozwecz 13
kills; Amanda Gough 4 kills, 32 assists, 11 digs; Amanda Vasquez 17 digs;
Morgan Palombizio 5 kills, 2 block kills; Kaelyn Marcus 12 kills, 8 digs, 3
block kills; MaryBeth Ryan 5 kills, 7 block kills.
Crown Point – Stacy Qualizza 13 kills; Sonya Trippel 14 assists; Taylor Perry
8 kills; Sarah Cecich 20 assists.
Records – Chesterton 29-3 (13-1 DAC), Crown Point 15-13 (8-6 DAC).
Crown Point 25-22-10
The Chesterton junior varsity volleyball team finished the DAC portion of its
schedule with a come-from-behind 19-25, 25-22, 15-10 victory over Crown
Offensively, Taylor Katzelis had seven kills, while Michelle Fekete added six
kills. Claire Holba and Taylor Chamberlain had three kills each.
Defensively, Jessica Peterson had nine digs with Amanda Robey adding eight
digs. Colleen DeHenes had seven digs and Shelbie Sullivan had five digs.
At the net, Katzelis had two block kills, while Jessica Gamblin, Holba and
Alexis Zimmer all had one block kill.
Crown Point 20-25-12
The Chesterton freshmen volleyball team battled to a three-game (25-20,
24-25, 15-12) victory over Crown Point.
Brittany Funk led the Trojan offense with 10 kills, while Nikki Crawford
added seven kills. Katie Povlinski, Kara Riggs and Katie Osborn all had three
kills. Osborn also dished out 26 assists.
Brittany Bocian led the attack from the service line with five service aces.
Osborn had four aces and Funk tallied three.
Defensively, Bocian had 18 digs, while Mary Carr had seven digs. At the net,
Crawford had two block kills.