Mackenzie Riggenbach puts a ball in the air during  Crestview’s match versus Wayne Trace on Thursday night. The Lady Knights swept three games from the Raiders to move to 4-0. (DHI Media/Tina Eley)
Mackenzie Riggenbach puts a ball in the air during Crestview’s match versus Wayne Trace on Thursday night. The Lady Knights swept three games from the Raiders to move to 4-0. (DHI Media/Tina Eley)
By Kevin Wannemacher
DHI Media Correspondent
sports@timesbulletin.com
CONVOY – A Crestview hitting error gave Wayne Trace a quick 1-0 lead in the opening set of Thursday’s non-league volleyball matchup between the two rivals. It would be the only lead of the night for the Lady Raiders.
The Lady Knights answered with three straight points and rolled the rest of the way as Crestview cruised to a 25-12, 25-12 and 25-17 victory over Wayne Trace.
Courtney Trigg posted 18 kills and Megan Hartman added seven to lead the Knights, who were coming off a nine-day layoff.
“There is always concern coming off of a stretch where we hadn’t played for nine days,” noted Knight head coach Tammy Gregory. “With today being the first full day of school back after the fair, you never know how kids are going to come back from that, or if they are going to be able to get back into a rhythm.”


However, it was Wayne Trace (3-2) who looked out of sync the entire night.
The Lady Raiders were never able to generate any sort of offensive flow, partly due to the Crestview defense. The Knights (4-0) seemed to get a hand on nearly every Wayne Trace attack, a fact noticed by both coaches.
“You have to give them a lot of credit,” stated Raider coach Angie Speice. “They did a great job of keeping balls alive which allowed them to make plays and attack. Their defense was very, very good tonight.”
“I thought we had several girls step up and make plays for us tonight,” Gregory continued. “Whether it was somebody attacking or another girl would make a hustle play to keep the ball alive, it was a good team effort tonight. We were able to get some girls in and they all stepped up for us.”
Tied at 7-7 in the opening set, the Knights put together a 15-2 run to take a commanding 22-9 advantage on a Mackenzie Riggenbach ace. The Lady Knights went on to seal the first set win on a Hartman slam to wrap up the 25-12 victory.
Crestview led the entire second set, scoring the first three points and 11 of the first 13 to post an 11-2 lead.
Wayne Trace got within 16-7 before a Claire Zaleski kill and an ace by Brady Guest helped push the Knight lead to 20-7. The Raiders trimmed the deficit to 20-10 before Crestview recorded five of the final seven points to record the 25-12 win.
“They are a very, very good volleyball team,” Speice said. “They made plays when they needed to and we weren’t able to do that.”
Four Trigg kills got the Knights in front early in the third set and Crestview never looked back. Wayne Trace did get within 14-11 after a Haley Saylor ace and a Danae Myers kill but the visitors would get no closer. Crestview responded with a pair of Trigg kills, aces by Riggenbach and Trigg and two Hartman slams to widen the margin to 22-13.
Two Mallory Bowen service points, aided by a Hartman kill, pushed the Knights in front 24-14 before the hosts eventually settled for a 25-17 win.
“It’s a good win, and I’m proud of the way the girls played tonight,” concluded the Crestview head coach. “We came out aggressive and I thought we did a good job of spreading it around.”
Claire Zaleski added five kills for the Knights with Haley Helm chipping in four. Riggenbach was 17 of 18 serving with three aces while also adding 17 assists. Zaleski converted 14 of 15 serves and Helm was a perfect 11 of 11 serving and posted ten digs.
Guest recorded 15 assists for Crestview and Tianna Rager recorded nine digs. Rager was also 17 of 18 in serve reception.
Erin Mohr posted five kills for Wayne Trace with Sarah Young adding two kills and nine digs. Haley Saylor topped the lady Raiders with 13 digs followed by Blair Baumle (eight) and Mackenzie Swary (six).
Crestview’s junior varsity moved to 2-2 on the season with a 25-18, 25-17 win over the Raiders. Wayne Trace falls to 4-1 on the year.
The Lady Knights host Parkway in a non-league battle on Monday before opening Northwest Conference action on Tuesday when Ada visits Convoy. Wayne Trace travels to Paulding on Saturday for the annual Paulding County battle with the Panthers and Antwerp.