Creekside 3, Oakleaf 2
Down two games to zero, Creekside won a marathon third game, 35-33, and went on to defeat Oakleaf in five games — 16-25, 22-25, 35-33, 25-22, 15-11 — in a District 4-8A match Thursday night at home. Jessica Lary led the Knights (5-5, 1-3) with 15 digs, while Jaden McBride had a match-high 21 kills and Kaitlyn Helinsky tallied 47 assists and four aces.
The Knights went on the road and beat county foes Nease 25-22, 25-12, 25-18 in the season opener for both teams on Tuesday night. Creekside (1-0) will face Bolles on Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. Nease (0-1) travels to Ponte Vedra on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m.
High school volleyball season begins Monday. A look at five teams and five players to watch as the season opens.
Creekside: The Knights are a perennial state contender and, even with a handful of big graduation losses, will be so again under coach Megan Bowers. A somewhat senior-heavy lineup is led by powerful middles, with 6-foot-1 Milla Ciprian, a Virginia commit, arguably the best in the area. She had 221 kills, 163 digs and 64 blocks last season. Caroline Webb is also back in the middle, Brooklyn McBride flanks the outside and libero Margaret Gupton also returns.