LAPORTE | If there’s a theme to the Lake Central's volleyball season thus far, it’s an unfortunate one: slow starts.
Fortunately for the Times No. 5 Indians, Tuesday night’s sluggish beginning didn’t last too long. L.C. recovered from a first-set loss and defeated No. 8 LaPorte 18-25, 25-16, 25-21, 25-14 in Duneland Athletic Conference action.
“We lost that first set pretty handily,” Indians coach Tina Tinberg said. “We were not executing on the block nor on the first-ball contact. We made some adjustments with the lineup to defend their middle attack, and we started serving pretty aggressively.”
Lake Central took command of the decisive fourth set early, using a 3-0 run from Rylee Ollearis to go up 7-4 before a LaPorte timeout. Ollearis won the next serve to put L.C. up 8-4, but the Slicers went on a 4-0 service run from Bayli Lebo to tie things at 8-8.
Lake Central got a side out to go up 10-9 and didn't lose the lead again. Stephanie Spigolon served eight straight points during an 11-1 Indians' run to put away the Slicers.
“They were just scrappy,” LaPorte head coach Erin Parker said. “It was a game they wanted to win, and they had the heart. We didn’t have the heart. We have the talent to win, but in the end we just fell apart.”
Lake Central used a relentless hitting attack to win the second set, and used a spurt to pull away from a 19-19 tie in the third.
“Our middle attack was really successful working toward left-back,” Tinberg said. “And serving with a little more pace on the ball limits their options.
“Coming into (Tuesday night) we knew it was going to be a tough match,” Tinberg said. “We have to learn that we can’t have late starts. We need to take it from the start to the finish, all the way through. We see Valpo on Thursday, which is going to be another tough one. We have to be sharp from start to finish.”