GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Mustangs' versatility, power down Calumet Christian in volleyball

2012-10-11T20:00:00Z 2014-09-15T19:05:17Z Mustangs' versatility, power down Calumet Christian in volleyballHillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

MUNSTER | Madyson Moyer grew through her volleyball career as a setter.

She liked the position, being able to control the offense on the floor.

Then Munster coach Tracy Summers noticed that Moyer was a little more versatile than the average setter, and with a front row blocker out early in the season, the senior had her first shot as an outside hitter.

Then she took some time in the back row, playing mostly defense.

Oh, she'll still set now and then, as she did picking up 16 assists Thursday in the Mustangs' 25-13, 25-16, 25-18 win over Calumet Christian. But she's also found her niche playing anywhere she's needed.

"Playing everywhere has helped a lot," said Moyer, who also finished with a pair of kills and six digs. "I can calm myself now when I'm thrown in anywhere. I also know I can rely on my team."

After the first game, Moyer spent most of her time in the back row, making early passes and letting the front row try to stop Calumet Christian.

"She can do everything and that's invaluable to this team," Summers said. "I think sometimes it's hard for her to not know where she's playing every night, but she makes the great adjustment."

The Times No. 2 'Stangs made quick work of the No. 7 Patriots, who used just nine players to Munster's 13.

Calumet Christian's defense and back row helped limit Munster to four aces -- three from Toni Dallecarbonare -- but couldn't penetrate the 'Stangs front line.

Shannon Farrell had 15 kills and Elizabeth Kloos 11.

"This is really good for us, because we'll see teams that have two or three dominating players, but I can't foresee us coming up against anyone else like Munster," Patriots coach Melinda Carr said. "We have to just learn from that."

Calumet Christian's top hitter Ally Rohn kept Munster on its toes early, tipping the ball for back-to-back kills in the first game to force the Mustangs to adjust how to stop her.

Munster, which finished its regular season with the win, likes the game as a tune-up to the postseason, playing a non-IHSAA team that had already this season won a tournament at Kankakee Valley and beaten many IHSAA schools. The Patriots, mostly home-schooled players, like the warm-up for their state tournament that runs the third week in October and their national tournament in Dayton, Tenn. that begins at the end of the month.

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