PAULDING — The Crestview Knights improved their record to 14-5 overall and 6-1 in the Northwest Conference with a three-set win over Paulding Thursday night at the Jungle.

Crestview rolled in game one to a 25-9 victory before the Knights recorded a 25-16 win in the second set. After Paulding led early in game three, it was Crestview which rallied late to wrap up the match with a 25-21 decision.

The Knights got solid efforts from several players in picking up the win and staying in the hunt for a Northwest Conference championship.

“It is a good win to be able to go on the road and get a victory,” said Knight head coach Tammy Gregory. “We only have the one loss in the league and hopefully we can get a little help where we can get a share of the title.”

Crestview dominated the first set and finished it off on an Avery McCoy kill to wrap up the 25-9 victory.

“I thought we came out and played well early on and then we lost a little bit of focus as the match progressed,” said Gregory.

Ally McCoy led the way for the Knights with 14 kills on the evening while Avery McCoy added eight. Lexi Gregory and Abby Bagley chipped in six and four kills, respectively.

“We had several girls step up and make plays tonight,” Gregory said. “We were able to get some girls some playing time too and give them some more experience before tournament.”

Crestview led throughout the second set as well, opening a quick 10-3 advantage and never looking back. Paulding did get as close as 18-15 on a Macy Iler ace, but the Knights responded by scoring seven of the final eight points in the game to seal the 25-16 win.

Game three saw the Panthers jump in front 4-0 after three Sadie Estle blocks and Paulding maintained that advantage midway through the set at 15-11. However, a block by Ally McCoy and two Abigail Bagley aces ignited an 8-2 Crestview run that put the Knights on top 19-17. Slams by Haylee Dominique and Estle evened the set at 19-19 before the Knights went on top for good.

Two Panther hitting errors, a tip and kill by Avery McCoy and an ace from Lexi Gregory put Crestview on top 24-20 before a Bagley ace sealed the 25-21 Knight victory.

“Crestview has a nice team,” said Paulding head coach Josh Early. “They turn your mistakes into points and they did that tonight.”

Bagley posted three aces for the Knights with Lexi Gregory and Lyvia Black each recording two. Bagley also dished out 28 assists and Black added 10 digs for Crestview. Lexi Gregory also posted eight digs and Ally McCoy finished with five blocks.

In the junior varsity match, the host Panthers picked up a 25-23, 19-25 and 25-19 win over the Knights. Crestview falls to 8-8 in all matches and 4-3 in the conference.

The Knights return to the court Saturday as Crestview welcomes in Delphos St. John’s for a 10 a.m. non-league match.