The 2004 volleyball season got off to a very sweet start for the Northview Knights Monday night.
Not only did the varsity open the year with a three set victory over visiting Mooresville, the junior varsity and 'C' team each won their matches in straight sets as well.
The varsity squad unveiled a very youthful starting lineup against the Pioneers featuring three freshmen, a sophomore, a junior and a senior.
They did not disappoint.
The Knights showed a much improved hitting ability that kept the Pioneers on their heels for much of the night as Northview put together a straight set win, 25-20, 25-23 and 25-10.
Freshman middle hitter Lottie King hammered down 16 kills versus Mooresville as part of a 43 kill evening by Northview.
Junior Christy Fulk added nine kills of her own to go with another seven from sophomore Brianne Arvin to overpower the Pioneers.
In the opening set of the night, Northview opened up a small early lead on kills by King, Fulk and Heather Palmer before Mooresville came back to take a brief 11-10 lead. But King got together with Laura McCrea to tally three straight kills to put Northview ahead to stay.
Casey Challandes' rang up a kill from the back row on a nice play that returned the serve to the Knights at 19-16. An ace by Arvin along with kills from King and McCrea gave the Knights a 1-0 set lead.
Mooresville battled the Knights tough in the second set.
Northview led 17-14 after a pair of aces by King, but Mooresville roared back behind the hitting of Lauren Kenney and the Knight's own mistakes to take a 21-18 advantage.
However, Fulk responded with a pair of kills along with some nice serves from Arvin to not the score at 22-apiece.
With Mooresville serving, McCrea picked up a point with a front row tap that found the floor before Kenney served into the net to put the Knights ahead 24-23. Set point found Brittney Spugnardi at the service line and eventually she would end the set with her own kill. She would tally 15 digs in the game, three kills and five points.
Mooresville had no answer in the deciding, final set, dropping a 25-10 decision amidst a hail of aggressive net play from King, Arvin and Fulk.
For the game, Thomas had 35 assists to lead the squad and King chipped in 18 service points including eight aces. Arvin added seven points and 12 digs with Challandes picking up 13 digs and Fulk adding eight.
In the junior varsity game, the Knights found a straight set win, 25-21, 25-23.
The Knights rallied after trailing 18-12 early in the first set. Nikki Mogan rang up three aces in a row to get Northview within 19-15 and a pair of kills by Ashley Hull helped the Knights tie the score at 20-apiece. A kill by Katie Timberman would lead to Hull's unreturned serve for set point.
In the final game, the Knights squared off in another tight battle and were tied at 21 all before the Pioneers edged out on a misguided serve and were tied on a Hull kill.
Emma Koehler would respond with an ace as the Knights got past the Pioneers on a pair of shots to the net.
The 'C' team was also victorious, winning 25-11 and 25-20.
The Northview junior varsity and varsity will face Greencastle tonight at 6 p.m.