Bulldog volleyball team drops heartbreaker

Crestview volleyball

Crestview head volleyball coach Kathy Combest coaches her team during Tuesday's match against Choctawhatchee.

NICK TOMECEK / Daily News
Published: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 09:28 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Volleyball, as Choctawhatchee High School coach Scott Allen explained, is a game of runs, a point compounded when more than half of the players on the floor are underclassmen.

Allen had just witnessed his Indians rally from down 9-6 at Crestview to win the first set 25-20, collapse to lose the second 25-19 after leading 16-5, give away another 13-9 lead to drop the third 25-22, and claw back from down 13-6 to steal the fourth 25-21 Tuesday.

“That right there,” he said as the teams headed to a fifth set, “is youth.”

The good thing about a team that peaks and valleys, though? Those peaks can be awfully high.

Behind a six-kill fifth set from sophomore Evelina Teran and a booming quick-set kill from Kassandra Fairly, Choctaw routed the Bulldogs in the final set, 15-5, to win its season opener.

“It’s a huge run sport,” Allen said. “It comes in spurts. You’re going to have four points and then they’re going to have four points and how you react to it is the difference.

“I’m ecstatic. I thought Crestview was great and when they were putting it to us it was well deserved. I was just happy that our girls found that zone a little bit and as far as that first, opening-day match? It was needed.”



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