The Northview Knights won the battle of Clay County volleyball squads with a three-set victory over the visiting Eels, 21-14, 21-11, 21-18 on Monday.
The Knights service and hitting games gave them the big advantage over the Eels.
Erica Koehler topped Northview with 11 service points along with five aces and Casey Challandes added six service points to go with seven by Brittney Spugnardi. But in the first set of the match it was Natalie Shoemaker who got the Knights on the right track.
With Northview leading 7-6, Shoemaker promptly served the Knights out to a 12-6 lead on her way to 10 service points in the game, three of them aces.
On top 12-7, the Knights never looked back despite a late three point run by Emily Lowdermilk, including an ace.
Koehler drove home the winner with one of her four kills on the night.
In set two, Shoemaker once again came through to extend a 9-5 Northview lead to 14-6 on a pair of aces and kills by Koehler and Challandes.
Clay City senior Ashley Griffith got the Eels within 14-8 at the service line before Jade Girton served an ace and Koehler and Challandes put the game out of reach with kills as the Knights won 21-11.
In game three, the Eels proved they weren't going away by taking an early 9-3 lead on back-to-back aces by Amber Long and some untimely bad hitting by the Knights. But Brittney Spugardi got Northview back in the match with six straight points, including an ace.
Suddenly Northview was even at 10-apiece and stayed even with a pair of Challandes aces. They would edge out front on a Lindsey Stearley block and a Koehler ace to go up 18-16 and hold off the Eels 21-18.
Challandes added seven kills for Northview while Christy Fulk had five. Shoemaker had six assists.
For the Eels, Kasi Thatcher had seven service points and Long had a pair of aces. Emily Lowdermilk added five service points.
The Knights (6-8 overall) hope to extend their three-match winning streak tonight versus No. 18 Terre Haute South beginning at 6 p.m while the Eels face Rockville also at 6 p.m.