The Chesterton boys
volleyball team won the Indiana Boys Volleyball Coaches Association (IBVCA)
state championship with a 25-17, 25-13, 25-27, 18-25, 15-11 victory over
Indianapolis Roncalli on Saturday.
The No. 3 ranked
Chesterton team dominated the opening two sets with a fast tempo offense and
stellar defense that appeared to catch the No. 1 ranked Rebels off-guard.
“We needed every
ounce of the positive energy that our fans provided after the long drive to
Indy,” Chesterton coach Craig Cromwell said.
24-22 in game three with a chance to win the title, but back-to-back hitting
errors and a serving error gave Roncalli the 27-25 victory.
The Rebels, 30-1 on
the year entering the match, took control of game four early to cruise to a
took an early 2-0 lead in game five and extended the lead to 10-6. After
Roncalli got back within 11-10, the Trojans pulled away 13-10 and alternated
points to the title.
Kai Cromwell, the
Tournament Most Valuable Player, hit .486 for the match with 21 kills to
lead the offense.
tallied 22 kills in the win with Andrew Balon playing a primary passing and
offensive role. Both were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Evan Ruffner (32
assists) and Adam Whitlow (26 assists) controlled the tempo of the offense,
while Sam Tilden added three kills. Dominic Raffin added 10 kills, including
the championship point.
“I thought Kai,
Emilier and Dominic (Raffin) played their best in the biggest match of their
young careers,” Cromwell said. “Adam (Whitlow) and Evan (Ruffner) made great
decisions to put our attackers in the best possible position to succeed.”
to the finals with a victory over No. 7 Franklin Community 25-20, 25-14,
25-19 on Saturday afternoon.