CHESTERTON | Valparaiso watched a chance to sweep rival Chesterton slip away with a third-game loss, but the Vikings regained momentum and finished off the win.
The Times No. 3 Vikings had two runs of at least five points in the fourth game to close out the match and get a 3-1 Duneland Athletic Conference victory over the Trojans on Tuesday.
Valparaiso took the match 25-13, 25-19, 23-25, 25-18.
Valparaiso (5-5, 2-0 DAC) fell behind early in the fourth game before a spurt of five-straight points gave the Vikings a three-point edge at 9-6. Tied at 13-13, the Vikings poured in seven-straight points to take control of the game.
Kate Bontrager, who led the Vikings with 14 kills in the match, totaled four kills in the game, including the match-winning point.
“In game three they saw how it slipped away and why, and then pushed the points in the fourth game,” said Valparaiso coach Katie Lenard. “We talked about what everyone needed to focus on and to do, and it just came together there.”
Valparaiso appeared to be on the way to a three-game sweep with a 15-10 lead in the third game. The Trojans (2-3, 0-2) won nine of the next 10 points to grab a 19-16 advantage.
The Vikings tied the game at 21-all, but couldn’t take the lead. Chesterton got kills from Aubrey Nagdeman and Jessica Urycki to take back the lead, and the Trojans took the game when a Valparaiso attempt went wide.
“I think we got comfortable and weren’t pushing every point like we needed to be,” Lenard said.
Eveland led the Vikings with 25 digs. Dani Suiter totaled 22 assists, while Monroe Olsen added 17.
The Vikings scored six of the final eight points to take the second game. Rachel Bontrager closed out the game with a kill.
“Until we make a decision on the type of team we want to be every day in practice, that is the team we are going to be,” Chesterton coach TR Harlan said. “We will be just good enough to play with the really good teams.”
Urycki led Chesterton with 10 kills. Sara Tarnowski had 26 digs.