The Terre Haute South Braves packed too much size and power for the Northview Knights to handle on the volleyball court on Tuesday night. The Knights dropped a 21-7, 21-12, 21-13 match versus the 18th-ranked Braves.
South's sizable front-line of Katelyn Bishop (6'2), Lauren Ditteon (6'0) and Madison Hayne (6'1) rang up a total of 23 kills versus the Northview front line that gave up four or more inches per girl.
The Knights struggled to get off the line in the first set with Ditteon and Alison Terrell serving the Braves out to an early 8-2 lead with a total of three aces and several other serves that were mishandled.
In set two, the Knights regained their footing behind kills by Laura McCrea and Heather Palmer to remain close in the early going 7-5. However, Bishop and Ditteon kicked their offensive games into high gear with five straight kills when combined with 6'3 freshman Kristen Seaton.
Trailing 15-6 after a Casey Challandes kill regained the Knights the serve, but two consecutive serves into the net would extend Northview's hole to 17-8 before a 21-12 defeat in the set.
The Knights played their best set of the night in the third with Koehler serving an early ace, one of her five service points. The Knights would be even at seven-apiece before the Braves edged ahead on a Seaton kill and a short tap at the net by Ditteon followed by a Bishop ace gave them a lead they would not relinquish.
Koehler had two assists along with her five service points and five digs. Natalie Shoemaker added two more assists with Lindsey Stearley blocking two shots with Casey Challandes and McCrea leading the squad with two kills each.
The loss ended a three-game winning streak for Northview who now sits at 6-9 overall with a make-up match versus Union at home on Thursday evening.