CHESTERTON | Crown Point coach Alison Duncan knew matching the same intensity Thursday would be tough for her squad after an emotional win over Times No. 2 Lake Central two days earlier.
The No. 10 Bulldogs overcame a sluggish start with a come-from-behind victory in the second game and then held on late in the fourth game to win 25-19, 27-25, 19-25, 25-21 over Chesterton.
The win sends Crown Point to 6-3 overall and 2-1 in the Duneland Athletic Conference.
"The tempo was much slower tonight than it was on Tuesday and I felt like we played an unaggressive style," Duncan said. "I told the girls that we can't go five games when we're away. We had to get out in four in order to win."
Senior outside hitter Caley Rainford led the Bulldogs with 10 kills while junior setter Alyssa Kvarta had 36 assists. Duncan praised the efforts of Taylor Sabato as the junior libero had 32 digs.
The Bulldogs trailed 21-16 in the second game before rallying to tie the match at 25-25 then capturing the last two points.
"The gym wasn't as loud (Thursday) so I told them that we needed to be the loud ones," Duncan said. "We needed to be the ones bringing the energy."
Despite a week that featured an upset win over L.C. and a road DAC victory, Duncan still wasn't satisfied with the results.
"We have to be able to internalize with the same energy at each match," Duncan said. "That's what a great team does and we're not there yet."
Emily Marcus led the Trojans (2-4, 0-3) with 10 kills and 26 digs, while Jessica Urycki added 10 kills and two assists. Chesterton has lost three matches in a row since a victory against No. 6 Andrean on Monday, but coach TR Harlan isn't ready to hit the panic button just yet.
"For the first time in two weeks, we started to get better," Harlan said. "We have to figure out how to limit our mistakes. We can't be content with just being competitive against the best teams in the area."