CROWN POINT | Even this early in the season, a four-set Duneland Athletic Conference win over Times No. 2 Lake Central could set the tone for the No. 10 Crown Point Bulldogs.
“I feel we are one of the top teams in the conference,” C.P. coach Alison Duncan said. “Lake Central is a very good team. We came out here and took control of the match for the most part.”
After winning two sets and dropping the third, Crown Point had jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the fourth and led 15-10 before the Indians rallied and went on a 13-8 scoring run, tying the set as late as 23-23. The Bulldogs recovered, however, with two straight points and won on a return out-of-bounds after Alyssa Mazur’s match-point serve crawled over the net.
Lake Central forced a fourth set with a 25-21 win in the third. The Indians rallied three points to tie the set 18-18, forcing a Crown Point timeout. After the time out, Lake Central extended its point-streak to six before the Bulldogs took another timeout.
The Indians again took the first point coming out of the timeout, going up 22-18 and staved off a short Crown Point rally to win on Victoria Gardenhire’s set-point ace.
“They served aggressively tonight and we were a little bit out of our system,” Lake Central coach Tina Tinberg said. “We served more aggressive, we were in system, we were blocking some balls and we were executing offensively in the third and the fourth.”
In the first set, the 24-20 set-point serve went into the net but Crown Point eventually won 25-22 on a block kill by Caley Rainford. Megan Fajman served five straight points early in the set but the Indians rallied and the score was tied as late as 18-18.
Crown Point cruised to a 10-point win in the second set, highlighted by three scoring runs. Jordyn Banske served four straight points for the Bulldogs, Alyssa Mazur served five straight and Courtney Covaciu served three straight.
“In the beginning of the season, we hold true to experimenting with lineups and seeing what’s going to work,” Duncan said. “I think we’ve definitely found our six rotations that we’re going to stick with for the rest of the year. They’re very effective.
“This is a big week for us. We play Chesterton on Thursday and we’re going to a Logansport tournament this weekend. It’s a lot of volleyball and a lot of opportunities for us to do a lot of good things.”