SPENCERVILLE —The Crestview volleyball team opened its NWC season in fine style Tuesday night with a 25-14, 25-13, 25-13 pounding of Spencerville. The Lady Knights are now 5-1 overall and 1-0 in the conference. The Lady Bearcats are 4-5 and 0-1.

“We had a lot of attackers, a lot of weapons to go to,” said Knight coach Tammy Gregory in explaining Crestview’s dominance. “It’s not all one, and that’s what’s so nice about this team. Then, defensively, it’s very frustrating to a team when they can’t find those holes. I thought our defense did really well at getting the ball to Maddy (senior setter Lamb) so she could feed our hitters.”

The first set was close early with four ties and three lead changes. The last tie was at 7-7 before the visitors started to pull away to a 25-14 win behind some fine setting by Lamb and net play of two 5’5 leapers, senior Lexi Gregory and freshman Laci McCoy. Meanwhile, the Knight defense, led by junior libero Bailey Gregory continually frustrated the Spencerville hitters.

In fact, of the 14 first-set Bearcat points, 11 came via Crestview errors. The three Bearcat points that did not result from Knight miscues came on the powerful blasts of senior Nelaya Burden, who hadn’t played volleyball since her freshman year. Burden is one of the top hurdlers in Ohio and was all-NWC honorable mention in soccer as a sophomore and junior.

The Knights took charge of the second set right at the start, spurting out to an 8-1 lead, mostly via Bearcat errors. Spencerville got as close as 13-8 with all eight Bearcat points coming on Crestview errors. Burden and freshman Claire Hoback contributed some fine offense late in the set, but the visitors won easily 25-13.

Although the third set score was again 25-13, the caliber of play improved considerably for both teams with most of the points coming on clear winners, not the opponent’s errors. Sophomore Samara Norbeck joined Burden and Hoback in making some fine offensive plays. Still, the last tie was at 5-5, and Crestview pulled away from there, getting major offensive contributions from McCoy, Lexi Gregory, senior Kaylee Wolford, and senior Lauryn Black.

“We had a lot of unforced errors, and we’ve gotta cut back,” said Gregory. “It’s a big week with five matches, and we just have to continue cutting out those errors and keep improving in all areas.”

Bailey Gregory led the Knights in digs with 20 and serving — 14 of 14 with three aces. Lexi Gregory was tops in kills with 12. Lamb had 27 assists.

Spencerville (7-2) won the jayvee contest 18-25, 25-22, 25-21. The Crestview jayvees are now 2-4.