Girls volleyball: Lake Central to meet Morton in sectional semifinals
By Dave Melton Post-Tribune correspondent October 18, 2012 11:28PM
Updated: November 20, 2012 11:12AM
LOWELL — After a strong close to the regular season, Lake Central kept rolling into the postseason with a 3-0 victory over Highland in the opening round of the Lowell Sectional.
“They were really on fire tonight,” said Lake Central (25-9) coach Tina Tinberg. “We came off a very successful finish to the regular season and we’ve got some great momentum heading into the postseason. The difficulty of our schedule prepared us for high-level matches.”
Lake Central’s offense operated like clockwork in the first game, reeling off nine straight points on its way to a 25-13 win to open the match.
“We’ve been in a really good rhythm,” said Tinberg. “I’m very proud of this team; it’s a special group.”
The Indians were more methodical but just as successful in game two, slowly pulling away from the Trojans for a 25-17 victory.
Game three started with Highland (6-21) tallying the game’s first three points. But Lake Central controlled the game soon after, taking off on an 18-2 run that included 12 straight points. The Indians then withstood a final Highland charge for a 25-16 victory to end the match.
Lake Central’s opponent in Saturday morning’s semifinal round will be Morton, who advanced with a 3-0 victory over East Chicago (9-19) by game scores of 25-20, 25-21 and 25-19.
“In the last game, especially, I thought we really came out aggressive and swinging away,” said Morton (13-15) head coach Anna Boyle. Amanda Colvin and Antoinique Johnson each led the Governors’ attack from the outside.
“Both of our outside hitters are strong,” said Boyle, “but that’s something we go to all the time and that’s my biggest concern. They know we’re always going to go to the outside so we’re going to have to learn how to mix it up.”