Choctaw upsets undefeated Crestview (VIDEO, GALLERY)

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NICK TOMECEK / Daily News
Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 20:51 PM.

FORT WALTON BEACH — Entering Wednesday night’s matchup with undefeated Crestview, Choctaw knew an upset would only be possible with a near-perfect effort.

And that was only reinforced in the first set, when the Indians watched a 23-22 lead vanish in the blink of an eye as 7-0 Crestview won the opener 25-23.

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But the Indians didn’t hang their heads on their home court. Instead, they made adjustments. And with them the momentum turned, and it turned quickly.

Freshman Evelina Teran put up a dominant defensive effort with a team-best five blocks to accompany five kills, Shannon McDonald and Emily Keichel each dished out a team-high 13 assists, and Heather Young led the Indians with 12 kills en route a 23-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-18 win.

“I thought we played really well,” said Choctaw first-year head coach Scott Allen, whose team improved to 3-3. “They came out and took the first (set) and we kind of made some adjustments. We told our girls if we can cut down on the errors then we should definitely be able to win this match. They had a lot of heart, they played really hard, and they didn’t get down on themselves. Tonight we were able to cut down on the errors after that first game and it came out in our favor.”

In the first set alone, Choctaw lost 13 points because of unforced errors. But after watching the 6-foot Teran and 5-9 Anya Shelton limit Crestview’s attack — which was bolstered by a match-high 13 kills from Brittany Pase and 10 kills from Jasmine Middleton — in the first set, the Indians cleaned it up and never trailed in the second set.

Teran and Shelton combined for five blocks and six kills and the Indians cruised to a 25-20 second-set win.

“I was really frustrated we didn’t utilize the blocks we got in game one from (Teran) along with the three our four we got from (Shelton), who played middle for only the second time tonight. I was hoping we would get that same action and eventually capitalize, and you noticed that the Crestview girls didn’t want to challenge that blocking after the first game.”

With Keichel and McDonald dishing out crisp sets, Young took over with six kills in the third set and Shannon McDonald and Britney Krueger added three kills each in a 25-12 win.

Young added five kills in the final set for the Indians, who never trailed en route to a 25-18 victory.

While no longer District 2-6A foes, Choctaw falling down to 5A and Crestview rising up to 7A, Allen said that the change of scenery for both programs didn’t diminish the rivalry.

“The coaches know each other, the players know each other, so we love playing against each other,” he said. “It’s a good, spirited game with a lot of intensity and you can feel it in the gym.”



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