Lady Knights off to hot start

BY DANNY KELLY danny@theitem.com
Posted 9/14/18

The Crestwood High School volleyball team is off to a hot start this season, going 7-1 in its first eight matches.

"We're having an exceptional season," said head coach April Myers, who is in her second year in charge of the program. "The girls …

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The Crestwood High School volleyball team is off to a hot start this season, going 7-1 in its first eight matches.

"We're having an exceptional season," said head coach April Myers, who is in her second year in charge of the program. "The girls are coachable and aggressive, and they share one goal which is to work together."

The Lady Knights are led by senior setter Tianna Cohen, who is playing in her first year at Crestwood, junior outside hitter Ashanti Washington, senior outside hitter Kersten Primus and junior middle hitter Constance Kirby.

"(Some of our players) have a different style of playing (and are good in) different areas," Myers said. "We have players just now playing volleyball, so the biggest challenge is building team chemistry."

Crestwood had to put in work to win all but one of its games so far.

"We've been in the gym since May; you have to prepare for war in a time of peace," Myers said. "We've already surpassed our win total from last year and the year before; we only won one game in 2016."

So far this season, Crestwood has defeated Lake City, Wilson, Orangeburg-Wilkinson, Scott's Branch twice and Lee Central twice.

"Lake City and Wilson High were the most challenging," Myers said.

Crestwood defeated both teams 3-1.

The Lady Knights' lone loss came at the hands of Sumter. The Lady Gamecocks defeated Crestwood 2-0 in a tri-match tournament at Sumter High back on Aug. 30.

Crestwood was scheduled to open its Region IV-4A schedule this week with a home match against A.C. Flora on Tuesday and a road match against Lower Richland on Thursday. However, those matches were postponed due to schools being closed because of the threat of Hurricane Florence.

The Lady Knights' next scheduled match is a home region contest against Dreher.