MUNCIE — Morgan Chacon shaped her hands into a heart and flashed them at younger sister Savana as the Crown Point senior was wheeled off the court.
In a horrific, fluke injury in the first game of Saturday's Class 4A state volleyball finals, Morgan Chacon broke her leg after jumping for a block and was taken to Ball Memorial Hospital a mile away from Worthen Arena at Ball State University.
Morgan Chacon had just connected on her sixth kill, pulling the Bulldogs within 14-12 in Game 1 against Avon. When the 'Dogs lost their best hitter and key team leader, the wind was taken out of their sails. C.P. fell to Avon 25-17, 25-18, 25-18 to finish runner-up in Class 4A for the second straight season.
"She is such a big part of this team," setter Alex Equihua said. "I have no words. It kills me that she wasn't out there with us."
The Crown Point team that had ridden an emotional high to return to the state finals after falling to Cathedral here last year lost its momentum with that fall.
"That changes everything because Morgan does a lot of work for us," coach Alison Duncan said. 'She takes a lot of balls in the middle off of the back row attack. When you change a lineup at this stage of the game, or when a player isn't in at this stage of the game especially someone that gets a lot of reps, you tend to be a little out of system."