Lady Knights get early-season statement win at Coldwater
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:00 AM
By Nick Johnson
Crestview’s Brady Guest (19) stares down a potential slam as a trio of Coldwater defenders prepare to contest the shot during play between the two schools on Tuesday night. Crestview scored a sweep in the match and improved to 3-0 this season. (DHI Media/John Parent)
DHI Media Correspondent
COLDWATER —At Coldwater, success is measured in state championships. The Lady Cavaliers were in the hunt for a title again last fall, losing in the regional final. A trip to the Palace is a daunting task for even the elite volleyball programs, and Crestview made a case that it has one of those elite squads with a 3-set victory on Tuesday night in Mercer County.
In a hard-fought battle of two outstanding teams, Crestview claimed a 25-22, 25-23, 25-17 win to improve to 3-0 on the young season.
“We knew it was going to be a battle coming in here; it is always tough coming in here and playing Coldwater,” Knights head coach Tammy Gregory offered following the match. “I was just pleased with the overall effort and it wasn’t just one person stepping up the entire time. The kids had a ton of energy and were communicating, and that is what we need. We also just had another go-to person,” said Crestview coach Tammy Gregory.
In a nip-and-tuck opening set, Crestview looked like it would pull away to a win, but a late Coldwater rally made things tight. A Danielle Welsch block and a kill from Brooke Welsch to cut the Crestview lead to 23-21 and forced the Lady Knights to use a timeout. After the break, the Cavs pulled to within one at 23-22, but Crestview righted the ship, getting points from Claire Zaleski and Courtney Trigg to seize the first set.
Zaleski and Trigg picked things up in the second, combining to give the Knights an early 4-1 advantage. The Lady Cavs would rally back to tie the set at 5-5 with kills from Tasha Kahlig and Lauren Leugers. Coldwater then got a kill from Brooke Welsch, helping them to a 9-7 lead. The Lady Knights fought back to tie the game at 9-9 and the two squad fought back-and-forth to an eventual 14-14 score.14-14.
Coldwater then jumped ahead, scoring the next four straight with the help of two Kahlig kills to jump out to an 18-14 lead. Crestview fought back to even up the set at 22-22, and the Lady Knights got the necessary three points to pick up the 25-23 win in the second set.
The Lady Knights faced some issues in the first two sets but Crestview was up for the challenge.
“There are so many situations that we put the girls in at practice, not to be mean but help make them mentally tough to fight back and never give up,” Gregory explained. “After the first set, we had the momentum and we talked about it after the set how awesome it would be to get that second set and let us relax a little bit in that third set.”
With the pressure squarely on the collective shoulders of the Cavaliers, Crestview opened the third set with a 7-1 lead, getting two aces from Megan Hartman. As they had done all evening, the Cavs battled back and cut the Lady Knights’ lead to 9-8, getting kills from Paige Harting and Kahlig along the way.
After the teams split the set’s first 30 points, Crestview went on a match-ending 10-2 run, getting kills from Hartman and Zaleski before Trigg slammed the door with a spike to set the final score.