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Chesterton Boys VB wins State Championship

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State Champs: The Chesterton boys volleyball team won the IBVCA State Championship on Saturday with a 25-17, 25-13, 25-27, 18-25, 15-11 victory over Indianapolis Roncalli. Pictured are, front row (l to r), Kyle VanEekeren, Andrew Balon, Dominic Raffin, Jack Roach and Manager Abby Moon. Back row (l to r) are Asst. Coach Tom Ruffner, Adam Whitlow, Kai Cromwell, Sam Tilden, Max Dille, Emilier DeJesus, Evan Ruffner, Jared Gallina, Asst. Coach Janelle Hobbs and Head Coach Craig Cromwell. Not pictured are Jake Weber and Alex McGowan. (Photo provided)


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.

Chesterton led 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 25-18 victory.

Chesterton (20-7) 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.

Emilier DeJesus 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.”

Chesterton advanced to the finals with a victory over No. 7 Franklin Community 25-20, 25-14, 25-19 on Saturday afternoon.




Posted 5/27/2014




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