TERRE HAUTE -- Against rival Terre Haute North on Thursday night Northview spent much of their evening battling from behind the proverbial eight ball with mixed results.
The Knights dropped the first set in disappointing fashion, 18-25 before rebounding with strong second set and a come-from-behind gem in the third set. However, Northview eventually succumbed to strong hitting from the Patriots and their own mistakes in the deciding fifth set dropping a 18-25, 25-16, 25-23, 21-25, 9-15 decision.
Northview's youth was apparent in several breakdowns in their fourth and fifth set losses, falling behind 8-3 in the fourth set and giving up a 7-1 Patriot run fueled mainly by their own mistakes in the final set.
However, their grittiness and determination shown through in winning the third set after falling behind 8-1 out of the gates.
An ace by Kaley Huffman was followed by kills from Laura McCrea and Christy Fulk to get within 9-5.
The Knights continued to chip away at the lead, eventually getting to within 13-11 on a kill by Lottie King.
Terre Haute North held the Knights at bay by a point despite strong net play from Fulk who kept Northview close.
Trailing 19-18 the Knights finally made their move as Casey Challandes aced the Patriots twice from the service line and Brianne Arvin and King served up kills off Lindsay Thomas' assists.
Thomas rang up an impressive 47 assist evening to set up 15 kills by King, 11 from Fulk and five from McCrea.
After putting together a 5-1 run to surge ahead 23-20, the Knights held off a last Patriot rally before a kill from King finished North off 25-23 to put Northview ahead two sets to one.
Unfortunately for the Knights however, they started off slow once more in the fourth set and were unable to complete their comeback, dropping the tying set 25-21.
In the final set, the Knights trailed just 5-4 after a kill from McCrea, but then a rash of mental mistakes and miscommunication led to a 13-6 advantage from Terre Haute North.
The Knights rallied with kills from Challandes and King and an ace from Thomas, but another miscommunication ended the three point run and the Patriots finished the game with a kill.
For the Knights (1-2 overall), McCrea and Brittney Spugnardi led the team with 13 digs and Kellsy Maurer, King and Thomas each had 11. Fulk led the way with three blocks and Thomas had 12 service points with two aces. Challandes had nine points and three aces with King and Huffman each adding eight points.
In the junior varsity match the Knights dropped an 18-25, 26-24, 21-25 decision.
Kyler Clark had 15 service points and Cari Laue added eight with Nikki Mogan, Kaylee Huffman and Ashley Hull each adding five points. Hull also added seven kills and Emma Koehler topped the squad with 13 assists. Chelsea Mershon added eight digs.
The Northview 'C' squad on their match in three sets.
Northview will face off with Rockville on the road Monday night beginning at 6 p.m.