Resiliency was the key for the Northview volleyball team on Tuesday night as they withstood every Union (Dugger) charge to take an important 29-27, 25-22, 25-21 victory that moves the Knights to 10-4 on the season.
The Knights got big games up front from their hitters as well as a quality game from their defensive players in limiting the power game of Union's big gun Stacey Secrest who had 18 kills the night before versus North Daviess.
On Tuesday it was Northview's turn to show off their balanced power as four players had five or more kills versus the Bulldogs.
Union got out to a big early lead in the first set as Secrest baffled the Knights from the service line with four consecutive aces in her first turn at serve. Her run put Union ahead 10-6.
However, the Knights got a strong trip at the line from Lottie King who had three aces of her own at the line, which when coupled with kills from Brianne Arvin and Heather Palmer put Northview back on top 13-11.
From there the balance of power was balanced as both squads fought for the upper hand in the match.
The Knights kept their lead at 22-21 after a pair of shots from King at the net, but Secrest responded herself with a kill to narrow the Knights' lead to 22-21. Union crept out front on another kill but on perhaps the play of the night, Heather Palmer and Christy Fulk both stretched tall to stuff a Union kill attempt to regain serve and tie the game once more.
Union had back-to-back match points denied by kills from Fulk who tallied three kills and a block in the first set. King then gave the Knights the lead with a kill before, on game point, she hit long on an attempt to even the score again.
Holding serve, Union committed a net violation that gave the Knights match point again and King would help the Knights nab the first set with a well placed tip and a 29-27 victory.
The first set win seemed to give Northview the confidence they needed as they battled back from a 13-11 Union advantage in the second set with four consecutive kills, three of them by different players.
After an eight kill first set from King, the Knights moved the ball around to Arvin and McCrea in the second set with each providing some big points.
Arvin had four of her eight kills in the second set and McCrea responded with three of her five in the set.
The Knights got out on top 21-16 before Secrest stepped to the serve line again and responded with three aces, narrowing the gap to 24-22 as Northview sat on match point.
However, King again came up with the closer to give the Knights the final point and the set.
In game three, the Knights held the lead for much of the set as Palmer was joined with big hits by Kaley Huffman and three more kills from Arvin on great sets from Lindsay Thomas.
The Knights held off any late rallies from Union to send the Bulldogs to their seventh loss on the season against 10 wins.
Northview got 13 kills from King along with eight from Fulk who also had three blocks. Huffman led in digs with 12 ahead of Thomas, Arvin and Brittney Spugnardi who had 10. Kelsey Maurer had eight digs.
King led the squad in service points with eight while Thomas had seven, Casey Challandes chipped in with six and Huffman had four.
The Knights will be back in action on Monday at Clay City.
The junior varsity squad was also victorious, winning 24-26, 25-15, 25-10 as Traci Sanders had 24 service points in the game with eight aces.
Nikki Mogan had 17 points and four aces while Ashley Hull led the team with 11 kills and Katie Timberman added nine along with four blocks. Emma Koehler provided the assists with 26.
Northview vs. West Vigo
All three Northview volleyball squads picked up wins on Monday night versus West Vigo.
The varsity team defeated the Vikings 25-19, 26-24, 25-15 as Lindsay Thomas provided 36 assists and six digs while Laura McCrea hammered out four kills and had three blocks for the Knights.
Brittney Spugnardi topped the team in service points and digs with 10 each and Casey Challandes added five points and two aces. Kaley Huffman had four points along with Kelsey Maurer.
Lottie King had 13 kills to lead the team and Brianne Arvin chipped in with seven, Christy Fulk had six kills and two blocks.
With the win the Knights remain undefeated in the Western Indiana Conference at 4-0.
The Knights defeated the Vikings in two sets, 25-14, 25-23 as Traci Sanders had 11 points and four aces while Kyler Clark had three points, two aces, three kills and a block. Nikki Mogan added seven points and three aces and Ashley Hull contributed seven kills and a block.
Cari Laue had two points and two kills in the match and Emma Koehler added three points and a kill. Katie Timberman had two kills and a block.
The Knights are now 8-3 overall and 4-0 in the WIC.
'C' Team volleyball
In the night's opener, the Northview 'C' team won in two easy games over the Vikings.
The 'C' squad faced Sullivan and Linton on Tuesday with a home match slated against Terre Haute South on Thursday at 6 p.m.