DENISON — Creston volleyball lost to Denison-Schleswig 3-2 Thursday night, taking the Monarchs to a a decisive fifth set for its sixth loss of the season.
Creston lost the opening set 25-23 before winning the second set 25-18. Denison-Schleswig bounced back and won the third set 26-24 and Creston returned the favor with a 25-20 win in the fourth set to force the final frame.
Creston was unable to win back-to-back sets, losing 15-10.
The Panthers fall to 5-6 on the season and are now 0-3 in Hawkeye 10 play. Dension-Schleswig improves to 3-2 in Hawkeye 10 play and holds a season record of 11-10.
Kelsey Fields led the match with 13 kills and Ryli Abildtrup posted 10 kills also. As a group the Panthers put up 46 kills on 167 attack attempts.
Rylie Driskell led the Panthers with 38 assists and 18 digs. MaKenna Hudson had 17 digs while Maddie Frey and Peyton Rice had 14 and 13, respectively.
Creston was successful on the serve all but five times, going 100-for-105 from the line with eight aces.
Fields and Emma Hanson each had three blocks in the loss.
UP NEXT – Creston (5-6, 0-3) next plays Mount Vernon and Treynor in Red Oak Saturday as part of a tournament. Tournament play starts at 8 a.m.
Creston JV lost in back-to-back sets, losing 25-14 and 25-16 to the Monarchs.
Hannah Dryden went 13-for-14 in hitting, tallying one kill. Bri Fields had six kills and Doryn Paup had three kills.
Halle Evans and Maddie Frey combined for 12 assists.
Paup posted nine digs and Hannah Dryden had seven.
The Creston freshmen split with Denison-Schleswig in four sets 2-2.
Creston won the first set 25-11 before losing the second (25-21) and third set (15-11). The Panthers battled back in the fourth set to win 17-11.
“Lost a tough match in the third set. Found ourselves battling from behind the entird third set,” said freshman volleyball coach Mike McCabe. “Had a great start to Set 1. Brooklyn Mckinney served 19 straight points to start the match. Had our chances in the second set to take the match, but did not take advantage.”
McKinney finished 22-for-22 on serving.
Aleah Calvin had four kills and Neveah Randall had three.
McKinney also had five digs.