Gabrielle Stober of Parkway swings for a ball against Adelyn Figley of Crestview on Monday night. (DHI Media/Pat Agler)
Gabrielle Stober of Parkway swings for a ball against Adelyn Figley of Crestview on Monday night. (DHI Media/Pat Agler)

CONVOY — For just the second time this season, Parkway played more than three sets in a game on Monday night, but the unbeaten Lady Panthers ultimately held off a strong Crestview team to move to 9-0 on the season.

Final scores for all sets were 25-18, 25-18, 19-25 and 25-22.

With the loss, the Lady Knights now fall to 2-5 overall, and four of those early season games came against state-ranked teams as released in the first polls earlier this week.

"Crestview has pushed themselves to play a really tough schedule to start the season, so this was a really good win for us," said Parkway head coach Jordan Henkle. "We did a good job of fighting through some adversity and we're still figuring some things out in the lineup, but I'm proud of the way we played tonight."

Once again, Parkway's firepower at the net was too much for the other team to handle. The Lady Panthers two leading hitters were the usual suspects in Gabrielle Stober with 20 kills and Macy Johnson with 17 kills.

"It's always good to count on those two," said Henkle. "They've been in the lineup for most of their high school careers and they're battle-tested. This year, they've really matured and they're the key to putting plays away for us."

Johnson also accounted for a team-high 12 digs and setter Brittyn Bruns recorded 27 assists.

The first set of the night was a struggle all the way up to a 13-13 tie. Parkway finally took control of the scoreboard with six out of the next seven points.

Two Stober kills, a combo block from Bruns and Johnson and a kill from Ellie Prichard opened up a five-point advantage that Crestview couldn't find their way back from. Stober had five kills and an ace in the 25-18 opening set victory.

In set two, Macy Johnson accounted for the final lead change when she broke an 8-8 tie with a kill. Although Crestview fell 25-18 for the second straight set, their hitters came to life and gave them a bit of a spark.

Laci McCoy accounted for four of her 13 kills in the set and Myia Etzler notched two of her team-high 16 kills.

Crestview carried some of that momentum gained over into the third set and ended up leading wire-to-wire for 25-19 victory.

The Lady Knights rushed out to a 7-3 lead and kept their foot on the gas thanks to a combined total of nine kills from McCoy and Etzler in their lone set win.

The majority of Crestview setter Cali Gregory's 36 assists went to McCoy, Etzler and Adelyn Figley who added eight kills to McCoy and Etzler's combined total of 29.

Unfortunately for the Lady Knights, Parkway regained their footing and put things away after a back-and-forth fourth set.

Just like in the first set, the score remained tied or within a few points well into double digits.

With the count at 18-17, a four-point run from the Lady Panthers gained just enough space to close things out.

After a ball out of bounds from Figley made it a two-point game, Johnson had two straight kills and a stuff block to make it 22-17. Despite a three-point run after Parkway reached 24, the Lady Panthers held off Crestview 25-22.

In addition to the absence of Paige Stephenson, Parkway also played Monday night's game with a second starter out of the lineup in Allison Hughes.

"Our girls have worked through the adversity that came with a few injuries to our starters," said Henkle. "I think they've really learned that it doesn't matter who's on the court, if they play together, they can accomplish a lot as a group."

Both teams are back in action on Tuesday night. Parkway visits Wapak before returning home on Thursday for a showdown with state-ranked Versailles, while Crestview welcomes in Leipsic on Tuesday and hosts Spencerville on Thursday.

"This is just the first of three big games we have this week," said Henkle. "We need to rely on the consistency we've found in the early part of this season, but we can't hang our hat on it. As long as we bring that same intensity to every game, we'll give ourselves a chance to win."