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COLUMBIANA OH- Crestview Volleyball standout Tess Neville has made it official, signing to play at the next level with Geneva.

Neville had an outstanding career at Crestview. She finished her career as a Rebel with 611 kills, 224 digs, and 57 aces playing in 233 sets. Neville led the team to a district championship in 2019. In her senior year, she led the team in kills with 279, and hit .287. She was also second on the team in aces. Neville won YSN’s Baird Brothers Big Dog of the Valley in week 5 of the volleyball season. Her postseason accomplishments include 1st team AAC (Blue Tier), 1st team All YSN, YSN Co-Player of the year, and 1st team All District 1.

The Golden Tornadoes have a top program. They finished the 2019 season with a 26-10 record going 12-4 in the PAC.

Tess plans on majoring in chemical engineering.


Crestview saw their season come to a close on Thursday night with a three set loss to Independence. (22-25 4-25 8-25)

The energy in the gym at Barberton High School was ramped up after a thrilling match to start the night. Crestview and Independence saw their start time pushed back about 45 minutes because of the length of match one. The wait didn’t affect either team in set one as it was highly contested. After being tied 5-5, Independence took a 9-5 lead and seemed to have momentum. The Rebels came marching back getting it to 7-9. They stayed in striking distance until they finally saw room to make a run and tie the set at 16-16. The Rebels would take an 18-17 lead later on and looked to be on their way. With the set tied at 20-20 by far, the longest rally of the night went the way of the Blue Devils, and they used that to rattle off 3 in a row. With set point at 24-21, the Rebels were only able to get one point back before bowing out of set one 22-25. Although they stayed close and made some clutch points, the Rebels offense struggled in set one. They only gathered 4 kills, and finished with a .000 hitting percentage.

Min set two that lack of offense would catch up with the Rebels in a haunting way. The Devils aired up their errors and played crystal clean volleyball. The Rebels could not get any traction once this high powered Blue Devils team got rolling. They were like a freight train each swing getting harder than the last. The Rebels tried calling timeouts, tried to get their energy up but it was to no avail as the Devils have clear momentum in the set.

That momentum did not go anywhere in set three, as the Devils jumped out to a 9-2 lead. That quickly ballooned into a bigger lead. The Rebels showed some fight and pride as they went on a couple of small runs towards the end. Tess Neville hammered away what would end up being her last kill as a Rebel late in the set. The Devils persisted and took set three 25-8.

Tess Neville led a struggling offense with 2 kills, Brenna Auer also added 2 kills. Lucy Montgomery had 7 assists.

The Rebels end their season at 24-2. Coach Auer had five powerful words for her team that echoed through the gym. “This doesn’t define our season.” The Rebels win a district championship for the first time since 2016 and put their program back on the map.


The stage was set Saturday afternoon for a matchup between two powerhouse volleyball programs. Since 2012 South Range and Crestview have accounted for 4 of the 7 district champions. That being said, neither team had won since 2016, and both teams were excited to be back.

The first set was a wild one. Exactly what you’d expect from these two programs. Crestview opened up with a big 6-1 lead, the Raiders fought back and tied the set at9. The Raiders then took a 16-13 lead and looked like they had control of the set. The Rebels would not be denied though and went on a 5-0 rally to go ahead 18-16. After the Raiders tied it again at 18-18 both teams traded points up to 20-20. An Anna Primavera ace gave the Raiders a 21-20 lead. The Rebels then rattled off 4 points in a row to grab set point at 24-20. The Raiders still fought grabbing two in a row to make 24-22 but the Rebels managed to grab the set 25-22.

Winning such a dramatic back and forth set one propelled the Rebels to a dominate set two. Everything was working for the Rebels offense. Even though the Raiders actually hit a higher attack percentage in set two, they never could get close to Crestview who rolled 25- 13.

When the Rebels came out in set three it looked certain that they were going to cruise to a third set win. The Rebels jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead. The Raiders however never let the lead get bigger than 6 in the set. They chipped away at the lead constantly staying in striking distance. But unlike set one, the Raiders couldn’t push ahead of the Rebels. The closest they got to the Rebels was three. Crestview closed out the set on a Raiders service error to take the set, the match, and the championship. The set scores were (25-22 25-13 25-21).

For the Raiders leading the way were Anna Primavera and Abby George who each had 6 kills.  Primavera added an ace and 5 digs, George added 2 blocks. Emily Irons finished with 19 assists, 6 digs, and 3 aces. Reagan Irons had 11 digs.

Crestview was led by Tess Neville who had a monstrous 18 kills. She also added 2 aces and 7 digs. Sidney Rambo was also in double figures with 10 kills adding a block, 3 digs, and 4 assists. Lucy Montgomery finished with a double-double having 35 assists and 12 digs. Amelia Montgomery had 17 digs.

Crestview advances to the regional semifinals on Thursday, October 31st at 7:30 vs the winner of Independence vs Brookside. That match will be at Barberton High School.


SALEM, OH- The Crestview Volleyball program hasn’t won a district championship in three seasons. That was when the current senior class were freshman. The hungry group got one step closer Wednesday night with a three-set win over Waterloo. (25-20 25-19 25-16).

In set one Crestview had to navigate some tightness. Waterloo jumped out to an early lead with the help of several unforced errors. After a timeout, the Rebels stepped up their game. Tess Neville carried the Rebels through with 5 kills in the set. Once Crestview caught their stride, there was nothing Waterloo could do. Set one went to the Rebels by a score of 25-20.

The Rebels continued to dominate as set two went on. The Rambo sisters caused havoc in the front row. With a combination of them, Neville, and Molly Emch the impressive blocking of Waterloo was stretched too thin. Emch was given plenty of one on one opportunities and won most of them. Rebels rolled again in set two 25-19.

By set three Waterloo’s fatigue got the better of them. They had been chasing the Rebel hitters across the net all night and now they just couldn’t get into position. The Rebels took full advantage of this and kicked their aggressiveness to a new gear. They caught the Vikings on their heels and finished set three, and the sweep quickly 25-16.

The Rebel kills were well spread out, Shelby Rambo led with 10 kills, her sister Sidney had 8. Three Rebels finished with 7 kills. Tess Neville added 2 aces. Molly Emch along with her 7 kills had 3 blocks. Brenna Auer added 8 digs to her 7 kills. Lucy Montgomery finished with 29 assists and 3 digs. Amelia Montgomery finished with 12 digs.

Crestview moves on to play South Range in the district championship game. That match will be Saturday, October 26th at 2:30 at Salem High School.


**EDIT** We previously had the game listed for 1pm, however the correct time is 2:30


Crestview Rebel senior outside hitter Tess Neville might just be one of the best attackers in the area. Her swing has tremendous power, and when you match that with her court awareness and volleyball IQ, you have a bona fide game breaker. Neville leads the team at the moment with an eye popping 187 kills, and averages 3.5 kills per set. Neville is also extremely efficient with under 60 attack errors and a hitting percentage of .302. Tess’s leadership doesn’t end with her stat line though, she is a true example of a player who leads by example. She strives to be an example for all her teammates of what the standard is in this program. 

Anthony Hartwig sat down with Tess to discuss her senior year, club volleyball experience, and much more. So get ready Rebel fans to hear the next Rebel Volleyball Player Profile, Neville In The Glory.


Crestview walked into Cardinal Mooney’s gym on Thursday night with an unblemished 7-0 record. They had to use every ounce of emery they had to walk out with a perfect 8-0 record. The Rebels won a thriller in five sets (16-25 24-26 25-15 25-20 18-16).

Min the first set the story of the match was Mooney’s net defense. Led by Magen Petty the Cardinal’s front line seemed like an unbreakable brick wall in the first set. The Cardinals have no problem in set one winning 25-16.

Just like the first set, Mooney jumped out to a big lead in set two. Mainly using their dominant blocking. However, the story as the set went along when Rebel outside hitter Tess Neville sat out for a point after committing a couple of hitting errors in a row. The mental break flipped a switch in Neville and she quickly became the Rebels go-to attacker. She, and her team clawed their way back in to set two and tied it up 24-24. Mooney came up with two big points though and took a commanding 2-0 lead in the match.

You could tell right away that even though Mooney won set two, Crestview had gathered the momentum. All of their hitters began to come alive in set three and their sophomore setter Lucy Montgomery did an excellent job at distributing the ball to her many weapons. The Rebels rolled to a 25-15 set three win.

Set four was a polar opposite of set two. The Rebels this time were the ones to come out to a big lead. However, the serving of Caitlyn Sapp rallied Mooney to get close to the Crestview lead. Mooney rattled off 7 points in a row to climb within 3. With the score 22-19 Crestview finally broke through with some much needed points. They took the set but it was Mooney now feeling better about themselves.

Both teams looked like they were running on fumes as the fifth and decisive set came upon them. And they traded points back and forth 9 times in a row. At 9-9 neither team had a lead greater than one. Then Mooney made what looked like a match sealing 4-1 rally going up 13-10. But the story all night for Crestview was resiliency and they gathered some more up to grab three points in a row and tie the set up at 13. The two teams started their back and forth tug of war battle again, neither team being able to get two points in a row. Until after maybe the longest rally of the match Brenna Auer steppes up with the match sealing kill for Crestview.

The Rebels were led in kills by Tess Neville who gathered 12. She also had 3 aces. Two Rebels collected double doubles, Brenna Auer got 10 kills and 25 digs. Lucy Montgomery tallied 40 assists and 10 digs.

Crestview returns to action on Saturday as they travel to Western Reserve. Mooney stays at home to host Southeast on Tuesday night.