MUNSTER | In a battle of setters for a regional championship, the one that led the best serve-receive captured the title.
Munster's Morgan Switalla, who had seven kills to go along with 16 assists and eight digs, led the Mustangs to a 25-17, 20-25, 25-17, 25-12 win over Crown Point Tuesday night.
The regional title was the second in three seasons for Munster.
"There were probably some looks across the net, who could pick out who was serving better, it was definitely edge-and-edge the whole time," Switalla said.
Crown Point's Alyssa Kvarta, a Division-I recruit, had six kills with 25 assists and two solo blocks.
"(Kvarta) is a really fantastic setter as well as hitter, so we had to make sure we stopped her," Munster coach Tracy Summers said. "This was the battle of setters tonight and Morgan stepped it up and you noticed she was able to attack the ball really well.
"There were great moments in the transition when people weren't thinking about her dumping the ball. She really took it over and she's a fearless setter."
Summers said her team learned most about its regional opponent in a tournament loss nearly three weeks ago.
That set up a game plan which included tipping as close to the net as possible and finding holes on the outside.
"We were going to attack the perimeter and mix up tips and you'll notice a lot of tips did fall," Summers said. "They were also going to make sure their higher percentage hitters, we were doubling on them."
What the game plan didn't include were 13 unforced errors in the Game 2 loss.
Crown Point easily took advantage of those errors, tying the match early.
"The last time we played them was 2 1/2 weeks ago and now was a totally different team out there," Bulldogs coach Alison Duncan said. "We focused a lot on serving and serve-receive and that gave us problems getting our offense going."
Led by nine kills each from Courtney Covaciu and Caley Rainford, Crown Point lost a two-point advantage in the third game with an 8-0 Munster run.
"That (tournament) experience is something our program hasn't had and sometimes it's what you need to keep going," Duncan said.
Munster has three seniors who played on the 2011 regional title team, including captain Shannon Farrell, who had six kills and a team-high 15 digs.