Bulldogs fall short in semifinals

Crestview volleyball

Jasmine Middleton returns a serve for the Crestview volleyball team against Mosley on Tuesday during the District 2-6A tournament semifinal match at Choctawhatchee.

DEVON RAVINE | The Daily News
Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 04:30 PM.

 FORT WALTON BEACH — Kathy Combest’s crew had defending District 2-6A champion Mosley on the ropes.

 In search of its first-ever trip to the 6A playoffs, third-seeded Crestview was one point away from taking a 2-0 set lead over the second-ranked Dolphins in the first of Tuesday’s semifinals of the District 2-6A tournament.

 But ahead 24-23 after a 25-21 win in the opener, they just couldn’t deliver the early knockout punch.

 Mosley fought off a set point and never looked back, delivering a 21-25, 27-25, 25-20, 25-12 win to set up Thursday night’s championship against Niceville, which swept Fort Walton Beach in the nightcap.

Jackie Hanners dished out a team-high 16 assists and Jasmine Middelton delivered a team-best 13 kills for the Bulldogs (15-10), who Combest said have the pieces in play to realize their potential.

“This is only my second year and these girls have never had the consistency,” said Combest, who pointed out that other teams in the district have had much less turnover in the coaching department. “And that’s going to come. We had a JV season where our freshman went 23-2 and 25-0 was our JV’s record. We’re thinking (the success) is coming.”

 Kerrie York, who had a dominant first set with six kills, added nine kills, Brittany Pase added seven kills and Molly Kitchen chipped in 11 assists for the Bulldogs, who just couldn’t contain the hard-hitting trio of Rachel Skibba, Hayden McGee and Nicolle Valle.

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