CROWN POINT | Bob Dylan sang about serving somebody back in the late 1970s. His crooning was unique and some would say awful.
On Saturday at the Class 4A Crown Point Sectional, the host Bulldogs served like Dylan sang in the morning semifinal, then hit the notes better in the championship against Chesterton.
In a exhausting win over LaPorte, C.P. had 20 service errors. In the final against the Trojans, only 11 bad serves occurred.
The Bulldogs won 26-24, 25-19, 25-11, to win the program's first sectional championship since 1992.
“It was much better tonight,” C.P. coach Allison Duncan said of her team's serving. “This means a lot. We've worked hard for the last four years. This was all about setting the tempo.”
Crown Point (28-8) will travel to Munster for the regional Tuesday.
Chesterton (23-13) was one point from winning the first game, but the Bulldogs roared back for the very emotional win.
“We've been in tough games all year,” said C.P. senior Abby Kvachkoff, who had nine kills.
Kvachkoff got most of her kills sliding behind the setters and finishing strong.
“The slide was open against them,” she said. “This is a great feeling, because it hasn't happened in so long.”
Junior Alyssa Kvarta had a monster game, with 10 kills, 27 assists and she was 12-of-12 serving with two aces. She said she cried after beating LaPorte in the semifinal because her team was that much closer to realizing a dream.
She had a fabric heart in her sock that one of her club coaches, Troy Campbell, gave to her.
“We like to cheer really loud,” Kvarta said. “If we make a mistake, we bounce back. Our main priority is to be loud and get in their heads. It totally works.”
It was the third time C.P. had beaten Chesterton this year.
In the first morning semifinal C.P. beat LaPorte 30-32, 25-23, 25-12, 16-25, 15-13. It was the Bulldogs first win over the Slicers this season. Kvarta had 16 kills, 37 assists and 14 digs.
Kvachkoff added 11 kills and Meagan Fajman had 10 kills.
In an even more grueling contest, Chesterton beat Valparaiso 17-25, 17-25, 25-23, 25-23, 16-14. Jessica Urycki had 14 kills. Shelby Snyder had 20 assists and Kennedy Baltus had 19. Jordyn Moleski had 20 digs.
Chesterton coach TR Harlan knew losing the first game was big. His team had three hours less rest and was coming off a very emotional win against Valpo.
As the championship game wore on, the Trojans seemed to lose a step, both physically and emotionally.
“I was pretty sure the first game's outcome would determine how the rest of the match went,” Harlan said. “If we win that game we can ride that emotion. People say you can keep going back to the well but eventually it'll be dry.”
Emily Marcus had nine kills in the championship, Shelby Snyder had 11 assists and Jordyn Moleski had 12 digs for the Trojans.