|Lady Knights take measure of St. John’s in volleyball|
|Monday, October 07, 2013 12:11 AM|
By NICK JOHNSON
CONVOY — The Crestview Lady Knights welcomed the St. John’s Lady Blue Jays to “The Castle” of Crestview High School on Saturday morning for high school girls volleyball.
Both the varsity and junior varsity of Crestview got clean sweeps of the Lady Jays.
The Lady Knights varsity squad won in three sets (25-12, 25-9, 25-23). Crestview’s JV squad won in two (25-14, 25-16).
The Lady Knights had an easy time beating the Lady Jays in the first two sets.
Crestview jumped out to an early 8-3 lead, getting kills from Courtney Triggs (19 kills, 4 blocks) and Grace Callow before St. John’s was forced to burn a timeout. The Lady Jays got kills from Madelyn Buettner and Bekah Fisher to cut the Crestview lead to 13-6. The Lady Knights finished the first set with a 12-6 run, getting kills from Triggs and Claire Zaleski.
The second set started out much better for the Lady Jays as they kept the set close early. Alicia Buettner got a kill for St. John’s to make the score 9-6, Crestview. After that Crestview, went on a big 16-3 run to close out the second set, getting aces from MacKenzie Riggenbach(19 assists, 2 aces) and Mallory Bowen. Crestview finished off the second set with a block from Triggs and a kill for good measure.
The Lady Jays changed up the game plan for the third set and this allowed them to lead for much of the set. The Lady Jays were able to frustrate the Lady Knights’ front row by throwing two, sometimes three, defenders at them trying to block spikes.
St. John’s got out to an early 7-3 lead with kills from Alicia Buettner and Madelyn Buettner. A Fisher kill pushed the Lady Jays’ lead to 19-11. Kills by Callow and Megan Hartman sparked a Crestview run that allowed the Lady Knights to tie the set up at 22-22. The teams traded kills — Triggs and Kestley Hulihan — to keep it tied at 23-23. Crestview got the final two points to pull off the sweep of the Lady Jays.
“We didn’t come out real strong the first and second game but we did the third game and played how I expected us to play. We started out a little slow and sluggish and weren’t commutating,” St. John’s coach Carolyn Dammeyer said. “The third game we came out strong and we really couldn’t finish the third game; we really stepped up our defense and we brought some extra help with our blockers. We were blocking well and playing better defense and I think that was the difference in the game.”
The Lady Jays continue to fight through a tough season as they drop to 4-15.
“It was frustrating; I think St. Johns did a good job with their blockers in the third game. Our hitters were second-guessing themselves and not as intense,” Crestview coach Tammy Gregory said. “At that last timeout, we told them ‘you know everything is on the line; we need to take it one point at a time. And this is possible as long as we put our minds to it and show that we are the better team and fix the unforced errors’.”
The Lady Knights improve to 14-6.
The Jays visit New Bremen for a 5:30 p.m. JV start Tuesday.
Crestview hosts Columbus Grove.