LISBON - Having split the regular season series with Heartland Christian, Crestview knew the Lions had the ability to play good volleyball coming into the two school's Division IV sectional final on Wednesday at Lisbon High School.
The Rebels had just enough extra kick this time around to make sure No. 3 seed Heartland was kept winless in its four appearances at the Lisbon Division IV sectional tournament with a 22-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-15, 15-7 win.
The victory almost mirrored what happened last season when the Rebels went five games to beat the then No. 3-seed Heartland in a opening round sectional contest.
"Do you know how frustrating that is?" Heartland coach Susanne Shields said. "I guess we just have to get over that hurdle. We have to come here with the belief that we can do it."
The Lions (16-5) drew a great deal of respect from the Rebels because of the presence of Columbiana County Volleyball Coaches Association Player of the Year Olivia Test who has more than 1,200 kills in her stellar career.
"Olivia Test is a phenomenal player," Crestview coach Alisha Auer said. "She's absolutely one of the best attackers in the tournament. She's a smart hitter and she's very strong."
Test ended her career with 21 kills, five blocks and 27 digs. She was particularly potent in the first game with seven kills, but had trouble producing the same quality later on in the match.
Shields said she thought that had to do with the fact that her team is made up of six core players and did not have any real backups.
"When I'm processing it, I have two middle hitters in Test and Kristen Osborn that never get a break," Shields said. "They're playing defense and doing everything. They're tired. But at the same time, we've done it all year like this. I wish I had an answer. I'm puzzled."
Morgan Newbauer saved the Rebels (12-11) in the final game as she rolled off 10 straight service points to put the Lions away.
"Coach told us there's no chance we're going to win 15-1 because they would get a side out eventually," Newbauer said. "But I did get it all the way up to 11-1."
Newbauer ended the night with 32 assists, 14 digs and three aces.
"I knew this was not going to be easy for us," Newbauer said. "They're good and (Test) is really good. We knew if we could stop her, we could probably win."
Brooke Harper added 11 kills, 11 blocks and three aces for the Rebels. Adrienne Huston had 16 digs and four aces.
For Heartland, Madison Pennington had 14 points, Rebecca Soliday 28 assists, Osborn six aces and Ginny Burgess 18 assists and 19 digs.
Crestview will face Inter-Tri County League lower tier champion and second-seeded Wellsville at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the district semifinal.