The beginning of the season has been a bit of a struggle for Northview's volleyball program but they received a bit of a spark on Monday with a convincing win over visiting Rockville, 21-12, 21-18, 21-9.
"We've really been working on mental toughness," commented coach Laura Rahn.
Monday it was evident as the Knights took advantage of most all of Rockville's own mental errors to get the victory.
The two squads battled for an edge in the first set with the Knights leading 10-9 in a see-saw affair. But finally they were able to get a run together fueled by their service and hitting games.
Heather Palmer closed out the game from the service line as Christy Fulk drilled a kill off the backline to start a four point closing run for the win, 21-12.
In the second set, Jade Girton put Northview in control from the service line.
She would hit three aces during a run that turned a 6-5 Rockville lead into a 14-7 Northview cushion.
The Knights took advantage of several Rox mental mistakes on the way to the set win that was aided by several Palmer kills and solid all around play by Erica Koehler, Lindsey Stearley and Laura McCrea.
The Knights had a bit of hiccup at the end of the second set as Rockville was able to close the gap 20-13 to 20-18 on the strength of freshman Ashli Wicker's service play and hitting. But the Knights still hung on as Cari Hill pushed a kill attempt into the net.
In game three the Knights cruised out to a 12-6 as McCrea's service game got the team going. Her ace coupled with a Palmer block and a couple of carrying violations by the Rox put the team up comfortably.
Palmer would come to the line with Northview leading 14-7 and add a trio of aces along with a Fulk kill and Rox mistakes to push Northview up to a 19-8 lead. Megan Love would get the Knights one point closer with her first kill of the season and Brittney Spugnardi would serve out the win when the Rox return found net.
"I think we're starting to play a little better together," commented Rahn. "We've been encouraging team work and the crowd's support tonight was a lot of help too. Jade (Girton) really stepped up for us and (Christy) Fulk hit the way I know she's capable of hitting. We just need to get them hitting that way all the time."
The Knights (1-3 overall) face Edgewood at home Thursday night beginning at 6 p.m.
Knights (1-3 overall)