Bulldogs unable to hold off Eagles


Haleigh Hollinhead (5) and Molly Kitchen go up for a block against Niceville.

RANDY DICKSON | News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 07:58 PM.

CRESTVIEW – It was the kind of pivotal moment where great teams rise to the occasion.

 Struggling with its serve and not displaying the free-flowing communication or crisp passes up to the standards of Coach Jill Benson, Niceville was staring down a 14-9, third-set deficit to Crestview after splitting the first two sets.

 However, as perennial powerhouses do, Niceville answered the call of greatness.

 The Eagles (9-9, 4-0) reeled off 11 straight points en route a 25-23 win, setting the tone for a dominant 25-17, fourth-set victory to close out a come-from-behind District 2-6A triumph On Tuesday over the Bulldogs (6-6, 2-2).

“Our serving came around there and the girls played more relaxed,” Benson said. “They know a lot of people up here and were just tentative early on. They just needed some time to pick it up and they did.”

The comeback was far from a one-woman show.

 Portia Rodgers dished a out a team-high 38 assists, Kayla Carr pounded out a team-best 21 kills,  Jennifer Smith added 11 kills and Tess Morken served up four aces for the Eagles, who also got seven kills from Breana Rodriguez. At the forefront of the third-set comeback was the big-hitting duo of Carr and Smith along with Kimy Sarra, whose serve provided multiple free balls during the 11-0 run.

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