Crestview opens with pair of wins
Monday, August 25, 2014 12:00 AM
By Kevin Wannemacher
DHI Media Correspondent
ARCHBOLD – Crestview made quick work of Archbold and Stryker on Saturday as the Lady Knights cruised past both the Blue Streaks and Panthers in two sets at Archbold High School.
In the season opener, Crestview defeated the host Blue Streaks 25-19 and 25-15.
A Knight service error gave Archbold a 1-0 advantage, the only lead for the Blue Streaks in the opening set.
Tied at 2-2, Crestview recorded six straight points, the last two coming on kills from Haley Helm and Courtney Trigg, for an 8-2 advantage.
After the Blue Streaks pulled within 9-4, two Megan Hartman slams pushed the Knight lead to 11-4. Archbold got within 13-9 after an Allie McQuade block before four consecutive Blue Streak hitting errors and a Tianna Rager kill put Crestview on top 18-9.
An ace by Cayla Walker helped the hosts trim the deficit to 18-11 but the Knights answered with slams from Helm and Rager to widen the margin to 21-11.
“For the first match, we showed a lot of positives,” commented Knight head coach Tammy Gregory. “There were some areas that we did a nice job, but we also saw some things that we have to get better at.”
In game two, Crestview and Archbold battled back and forth early on with the two squads tied at 9-9. From there, though, it was all Knights.
Three Hartman aces and a trio of Trigg kills turned into a 16-9 lead that Crestview would not relinquish.
The Knights pushed the lead from there, getting a Claire Zaleski ace and a Brady Guest kill down the stretch to seal the 25-15 win.
“We had a lot of girls contribute today,” Gregory continued. “I thought we had several girls step up and make a play for us.”
Crestview then had to wait out a nearly 60-minute delay in awaiting the arrival of Stryker, whose band participated in a parade on Saturday.
Once the Panthers did arrive, the Knights made it a short match.
Crestview held a slim 12-9 advantage midway through game one but finished the opening set on a 13-1 run to post a 25-10 victory.
The Knights got a pair of Mackenzie Riggenbach tips that resulted in points while Hartman added two kills and a block for points in the stretch. Helm also recorded an ace for Crestview in the midst of the run.
“I think the delay affected us a little bit there at the start,” Gregory said. “But once we got our focus back, I thought we played much better and we were able to make plays.”
Set two was much closer, with Stryker leading a good chunk of the set before Crestview rallied late.
Trailing 18-15, a Hartman kill and a Trigg ace helped the Lady Knights tie the contest at 18-18.
Following a slam by Stryker’s Allie Frisbie, two more Hartman kills and two Guest aces propelled a 6-1 Crestview run for a 24-20 lead.
After a Knight attack was long for a Panther point, a Stryker rotation error ended the set with the Knights on top 25-21.
“It was a good day for us and we were able to learn some things,” concluded the Knight mentor. “We have some things to work on and we will get ready for a tough match (at) Coldwater on Tuesday.”
Crestview’s JV split on the day as the Knights cruised past Stryker 25-18 and 25-8.