Girls Volleyball: La Porte sweeps undermanned Chesterton
By MIKE MATHIS
CHESTERTON -- Short-handed Chesterton was no match Tuesday for La Porte, which registered a 25-17, 25-15, 25-12 Duneland Athletic Conference sweep.
The Slicers were dominant from the start in a total team effort that saw everybody play.
"Slow start, but once we got in rhythm, we played like we should have," said Paige Conklin, who was the hammer for La Porte.
Lesley Marshall played the whole game at libero and was a digging dynamo.
"Once we got into a groove, we were all cheering for each other and it was a great feeling on the court," Marshall said.
Justine Talbert was outstanding, hitting left on serve receive, middle and slide.
"It was a really positive environment on our side of the court," Talbert said.
Normal back row player Kayla Dove showed great versatility in her game, spiking two balls from behind the 10-foot line, an unusual feat for high school players.
"We set a goal to run combos out of timeouts," Slicers coach Jessica Ramirez said.
Myrriam Dhoore hit .400 in the match but keyed on the hands of the blocker coming down.
"Our passing on serve receive and digging enabled our setters," Dhoore said.
Emma Ekblaw, Chesterton's 6-foot-2 middle hitter, had two solo stuff blocks of La Porte's big gun, Aniya Kennedy, making the Trojans (6-3) happy, but only for a minute.
"It was better than yesterday (at Andrean)," said Chesterton coach Amber McCaw, who remained without star Meghan Gaffigan. "We showed some signs of improvement. We don't know (Gaffigan's) status. We should have some clarity on that (Wednesday)."
La Porte (6-1) travels to Crown Point for a pivotal DAC match Thursday.
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La Porte swept Chesterton in a Duneland Athletic Conference volleyball match Tuesday. Pictured from left are Slicers Lesley Marshall, Paige Conklin, Myrriam Dhoore, Justine Talbert and Kayla Dove. (Photo by Mike Mathis)