Niceville volleyball team downs Crestview

Published: Friday, October 5, 2012 at 05:18 PM.

NICEVILLE — Gathering her team just moments after her seniors bid adieu to the home crowd with a sweep of district foe Crestview on Senior Night, a victory that was punctuated by a 25-9 third-set victory, Niceville volleyball coach Jill Benson didn’t hold back the praise.

“I just told them, ‘That is the best performance I’ve seen in all my career of seniors on Senior Night,’ ” the second-year Eagles coach said. “Usually they struggle because there’s a lot of hoopla, but all four played great and all four contributed.

With their family, friends, classmates and teammates on hand to celebrate their accomplishments with a pregame ceremony, Kayla Carr, Kimy Sarra, Kelsey Roberts and Kelsey Moore went out in style with a 25-20, 25-9, 25-9 victory. And in the process, they extended the Eagles’ win streak to four and moved their District 2-6A record to a perfect 7-0 to accompany a 12-9 overall mark.

Of the win, Carr said “It’s very important. All the seniors got to play at the same time, which is great and we got the win. And it’s especially important coming against Crestview, because originally we thought Crestview would be the killer team. But we came out strong and it was great to hold them under 10 points there a couple of times.”

The sweep stretched the Eagles set count to 21-4 on the year in regular-season league play, which concludes with a trip to Mosley and its 5-1 district mark Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Crestview dropped to 7-7 and 2-4 on the year in the district with matchups against Fort Walton Beach and Mosley looming.

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