Crestview’s Courtney Trigg spikes the ball past an Ada defender in a game at Crestview High School Tuesday. The Lady Knights downed Ada in three sets. (Times Bulletin/Tina Eley)
BY SEAN LAFONTAINE
Times Bulletin Correspondent
CONVOY - The Crestview Lady Knight volleyball team hosted the Ada Lady Bulldogs in conference action Tuesday in Ray Etzler Gymnasium. Crestview picked up the win over Ada in straight sets, on what was Senior Night for the Lady Knights' only senior, Mekale Clifton.
Crestview got off to a very strong start to begin the fist game by scoring 12 straight points. The Lady Bulldogs fought back to get within seven later, but Crestview scored the last nine points to take the first set 25-9.
The second set was much closer from the start. With Crestview leading the set 11-9, the Lady Knights went on a small run. Mackenzie Riggenbach set up Courtney Trigg to start the run. Trigg then got two consecutive kills to push the lead to 14-9. An ace by Kirstin Hicks and a miss hit by Ada stretched the score to 16-9 in favor of the Lady Knights, however, the Lady Bulldogs did not go away easily. Ada went on a 7-2 run to close the Crestview lead to 18-17, but the Lady Knights responded when they needed to.
After another miss hit by Ada, Clifton hit three straight aces to extend the lead to 22-17. Ada fought back to get the score to 24-22, forcing Crestview to take a time out, however, the Lady Bulldogs hit the ensuing serve out of bounds to give the set to Crestview, 25-22.
Crestview was tested to begin the third set. The Lady Bulldogs jumped out to a 1-4 lead to begin the set, but Crestview fought back to take a 5-4 lead thanks to an ace by Mallory Bowen. The two teams stayed even before the Lady Knights took control in the middle of the set. With the score 7-6 in favor of Crestview, the Lady Knights went on a 11-1 run to take a commanding 18-7 lead in the set. The run included kills by Hicks, Trigg and Nicole McClure. Crestview went on to win the set 25-16.
"It was a good win for us tonight," said Crestview coach Tammy Gregory. "We got a lot of girls playing time and some good experience. It was a great way to end conference play. It was nice to see Mekale (Clifton) come out on top. Now we have one more game to prepare us for our second season."
As mentioned before, the game marked an end to the home playing career for Clifton, and Gregory knows she will be dearly missed in the future.
"Mekale has been a great asset to our program both on and off the court," said Gregory. "She is a leader on the court and in the classroom and she is very well respected by her teammates. I couldn't have for a better girl to have in our program."
The win moves the Lady Knights to 14-7 overall and 7-2 in the Northwest Conference.