BARBERTON OH- Crestview knew how hard the task was I front of them on Thursday night in Barberton. This region has never been easy to get out of, and that didn’t change. It has been a good bet in the past that the winner of the Barberton regional would punch their ticket to a state championship game, and if not win it get pretty close. This year the region featured two teams coming off a season where they went to the state championship game. Crestview’s opponent Mentor Lake Catholic we’re the state runner ups last season in Division II, and Independence found their way back to Barberton after losing in 5 sets in last year’s Division III state title. Crestview had to contend with Lake Catholic, and the number one ranked team in the state proved why they are in that spot. They swept the Rebels out of regionals to end their season. (25-14 25-16 25-14)
Abbey Emch still was able to get her swings. She finished the night with a team high 13 kills, and she also gathered 5 blocks. Grace Auer ended the year with yet another double double finishing with 10 assists, and 22 digs. She also had 3 of the Rebels 5 aces. Lainy Auer led the team in assists with 12.
It was Lake Catholic’s balance on offense that was too much for Crestview to handle. They could come at them from anywhere on the court, and that showed in their numbers. Natalya Bergant led the way for the Cougars with a game-high 14 kills. Two more of her teammates joined her in double figures as Katie Sowko had 11, and Claire Duricky finished with 10.
Crestview ends their season with a 24-3 record and held their fourth consecutive district championship. The most conservative district trophies won by any sport at the school.