By CAREY FOX
Though the Knights endured another up and down season on the volleyball court, the year was not without its high points as individuals and as a team.
Northview finished in the middle of the Western Indiana Conference pack with a 3-3 WIC mark and overall were 11-18, falling to state-ranked Terre Haute South in their sectional opener. But the Knights did receive some postseason acknowledgment as both Erica Koehler and Christy Fulk received All-Conference honors.
The pair represent the best of the young and older Knights as Koehler finishes her volleyball career at Northview as one of the brightest, receiving multiple All-WIC nominations and leading a variety of statistical categories.
Fulk on the other hand is a beacon for the future of Northview volleyball, a 5'10 sophomore, Fulk led the squad in blocks and kills this season.
Koehler was a sort of all-everything, competitive ball of fire for the Knights. She wouldn't hesitate to console or cajole her teammates during a game to urge them towards their best effort.
She was the squad's leader in assists with 246 while also offering up a leading 157 points and 60 aces for the Knights. Her knowledge of the game and leadership helped earn her co-captain responsibilities along with the team Most Valuable Player award.
Fulk gave the Knights the offensive size in the middle that Northview has been lacking the past couple of years. At 5'10, Fulk topped the squad with 79 blocks and 125 kills and with time could be one of the best in the Wabash Valley with her combination of size and athleticism.
Seniors Natalie Shoemaker and Lindsey Stearley were also co-captains with Koehler and as a group, provided a young team with a great deal of experience and guidance.
Shoemaker dished out assists along with Koehler and played a variety of roles for the Knights. Her teammate, Stearley, led by example, filling stat columns across the board be it blocks, kills or digs.
Casey Challandes will be one of just two returning seniors next season along with Laura McCrea.
Challandes was the team leader in digs with 62 and will be counted on to provide leadership for the team next season. Her combination of quickness and aggressive play will be paramount to Northview's success.
Northview will see a great group of athletes, not just volleyball players, graduate this Spring when Koehler, Shoemaker, Stearley, Megan Love and Jade Girton all graduate. Best of luck to all of them in their future endeavors.