CRESTVIEW — Brittany Pase had 17 kills and Jasmine Middleton recorded a double-double with 12 kills and 12 blocks to lead the Crestview High School volleyball team to a four set win over Milton on Tuesday.
The set scores were 25-17, 25-17, 24-26, 25-12.
Bulldog coach Kathy Combest was pleased with the way the Bulldogs started and finished the match.
"I like what we did in the first and fourth games," she said. "I didn't really like what we did in the second or third game. But I like what we did in the last game a lot coming back and getting refocused.
"Sometimes you do that when you win two, that's just volleyball mentality (to let down in the third set), and you've seen it a thousand times."
Crestview (9-2) jumped to a quick 11-3 lead in the first set and was never seriously threatened by the Panthers.
Freshman Kierra Potts had two early kills to help spark the Bulldog run and seniors Pase and Middleton also helped patrol and control things at the net for Crestview.
Crestview's biggest lead of the set came at 17-6. The Panther's threatened but three Pase kills down the stretch allowed Crestview to pull away and take the set.
The second set was very much like the first set with the Bulldogs jumping out to a comfortable lead early and before turning back a late run by the Panthers.
Mikeala Worley put the Panthers on her back in the third set to power the Panthers to their only win of the match.
Down 19-13, Crestview outscored the Panthers 9-1 to take a 22-20 lead. But the Bulldogs were unable to hold on as Milton came back to take the set.
Crestview wasted no time in taking control of the fourth set.
Macie Adams and Marisa Rogers were in serve as Crestview opened up a 10-1 lead and never looked back in securing the win.
Rogers led the Bulldogs with seven aces. Adams had 17 assists. Molly Kitchen added 16 assists.
Combest is happy with the 9-2 start, but the regular season isn't her main focus.
"I play all of these games to get ready for the real games in the district tournament," she said. "I want the girls to take what we are doing and try to be better and to stay focused.
"Our problem is just to believe we can do it because I think we can."
The Crestview freshmen and junior varsity teams also won Tuesday.
Alyssa Rogers served all 25 points in a first-set win as the Bulldogs shut out Milton 25-0. Crestview won the second set 25-11. The JV won 25-5, 25-4.