Crestview to meet Gilmour
The Rebels will put their 22-match winning streak on the line tonight
By CHEZ ALLISON
It is said that to be the best, you have to beat the best.
The Crestview volleyball team is about to find out if it has what it takes to do just that.
The Rebels (24-2, 8-0 Inter Tri-County League, Red Tier) will take their 22-match winning streak on the road to Barberton to face Gilmour Academy — the defending Division III state champions — tonight in a regional semifinal.
Gilmour (21-4) is currently ranked 16th in the state. The Lancers have won 10 matches in a row.
Cretview is led by five senior captains — Taylor Oliver, Makenna Perorazio, Kacey Landsberger, Whitney Cope and Emily Ferris. The team used being left out of the ITCL shuffle next year as motivation this season, according to coach Alisha Auer.
“We just didn’t think we would be left out, but once we were it really became a focal point of the season to prove we belong,” said Auer, who is in her 12th season with Crestview.
The Rebels coach likes the way the Lancers play.
“Gilmour Academy is well-coached by Danny Coughlin,” she said. “He has them play a very aggressive style and they’re solid all around which works for their team.” Crestview is ranked seventh in Division III and hasn’t lost a game since early September.
“We take a lot of pride in our winning streak, but we know we still have a bigger goal to reach.” Auer said.
In addition to the Rebels’ five seniors, Mackenzie Daub and Emily Emch also play major roles for Crestview.
Daub leads the team in kills with 314 and Emch is next with 248. The two are also tied for the team lead with 84 service points. The duo played a major role in Crestview winning the Salem district.
Gilmour is led by two juniors Ella Grbac with 232 kills and 71 service points. Katie Forsythe has 199 kills and 72 service points. Julia Brzozowski — the lone senior on the team — has 69 service points and 149 kills.
Crestview cruised in the district round winning 12 sets and only losing three with wins over Liberty, Campbell Memorial, Lisbon and United.
“Districts was a good indication that we still have the hunger as a team looking to move on and reach the next step in regionals” Auer said.
Gilmour Academy won nine sets and lost only one in its run through the Elyria district with wins over Warrensville Heights, Columbia and Lutheran West.
Tonight’s regional semifinal begins at 7:30, after an earlier semifinal match between Orrville and Garrettsville Garfield.