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Northview's battle falls short versus Cascade

Wednesday, September 8, 2004

Heather Palmer dives for a dig during Tuesday's match versus Cascade.

Facing off with the state's eighth-ranked 2A volleyball team in the Cascade Cadets, the Northview Knights held their own through a four-set loss, 22-25, 13-25, 25-21, 19-25.

The Knights proved they were a worth adversary in a thrilling first set despite trailing throughout the set.

Lottie King matched up well on the frontline with Cascade's talented hitting duo of Katy and Lisa Smith.

King would serve up seven of her team high 15 kills in the first set as the Knights rallied back from an 18-14 deficit midway through the opener.

A pair of King kills got the Knights to within 19-16 and Brianne Arvin swung for another point along with Laura McCrea to get within 21-18. Christy Fulk blocked a Katy Smith attempt to close the gap to 22-19 but Lisa Smith would end the set with a kill to put the Cadets ahead 1-0.

In the second set the Knights led 7-6 in the early going after a kill by Fulk but the Cadets would rally behind a Megan Caldwell kill and more strong front play by the Smiths.

Katy Smith would step to the service line with the set deadlocked at 7-all and serve Cascade into a 10-9 advantage. But the real damage was done by Stacie Gipson who strung together three consecutive aces and the Cadets took advantage of some sloppy play and miscommunication from Northview to run off a 9-1 streak and garner a 20-10 lead they would not relinquish.

To their credit however, Northview rallied in set number three as both King and Fulk found their hitting mark, scoring five and four kills respectively. King also blocked three attempts in the set which saw the Knights playing their best of the match.

Cascade had a 16-15 lead in the second half of the match before King sent home three kills and blocked another shot to fire up the sizable crowd and her teammates. Most importantly the Knights got out to a 20-19 lead.

After the Cadets tied the score at 20-all, King and Heather Palmer came up huge with a stuff block that kept spirits high. The Knights would ride the high through to the set win as Fulk sent home a kill and Palmer finished off the win with a kill, 25-21.

In game four the Knights played the Cadets evenly through the midpoint of the set before another concentration lapse allowed Cascade to pull out to a 20-13 lead before an Arvin tip broke the Cadet run.

However, despite a strong finish from Fulk (3 kills and a block) in the final 10 points, Cascade was too strong and consistent for the young Knights and Caldwell sent home the final point.

The Knights got 14 kills from Fulk and three more from Arvin coming from a big 47 assist night from freshman setter Lindsay Thomas.

Brittney Spugnardi led the way with 14 digs ahead of Kellsy Maurer's and King's 13. Casey Challandes added 10 and four service points. Spugnardi, King and Maurer each also had four points.

The junior varsity got 12 service points and strong net play from Katie Timberman along with some big hits from Cari Laue to win the JV match, 25-21, 25-18.

The varsity squad is 7-4 overall and will visit Brown County and Sullivan on Saturday for a key WIC matchup.

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