CLAY CITY -- In the annual volleyball rivalry between the Clay City and Northview, the two squads fought tooth and nail for the opening set victory which went to the Knights. The last two sets also went to Northview who won in three sets, 25-22, 25-15, 25-16.
The Eels came out with fire in their eyes in the first set as a couple of early Northview errors and a kill and a block from the Eels' Ashley McCullough kept the Clay City fans on their feet.
Leading 7-3 following a Lottie King kill for the Knights, Clay City maintained their lead deep into the set with solid all around play.
Another King kill, one of 11 in the game for her, temporarily swung momentum to the Knights with the score 18-13, but McCullough responded with a block to go back up 19-13.
The Eels held their advantage (22-17) up until a Christy Fulk kill and a hitting attempt that went long by Bryleigh Schopmeyer led to an eight point run by the Knights with King at the service line.
Northview won the set 25-22 as Fulk had five of her eight kills and King had nine points from the service line.
In the second game the Knights led off the set with an 8-0 run buoyed by five straight aces from Brittney Spugnardi.
The Eels never recovered, Spugnardi had seven aces in the set and King had four kills as the Knights raced off to a 25-15 game two win.
The third game was closer in the early going as kills from Melinda Jackson and McCullough kept the Eels within 13-10 at the midpoint, but a service aces from Casey Challandes and a King kill followed by a hitting error by McCullough got Northview back out to an 18-11 lead.
From there, a pair of blocks by Fulk led up to a game-ending kill from Kaley Huffman to give the Knights their 12th win of the season.
For the game, Fulk had eight kills and Brianne Arvin added five and two digs. King had 15 points and Spugnardi had 14 and Lindsay Thomas added eight with 39 assists.
Kyler Clark rang up her first two varsity points at the service line in the game and Challandes added four.
Also for Northview, Laura McCrea had two kills along with Heather Palmer. Kellsy Maurer had five digs in the match while Huffman added six digs and Arvin chipped in with two.
For the Eels, McCullough had a pair of kills while Kari Seymour and Kennedy each had one kill.
The Knights will travel to Terre Haute South for another rivalry match tonight at 6 p.m.
In the JV match, the Eels won in three sets, 25-18, 20-25, 25-21, despite 13 kills from Katie Timberman and seven from Cari Laue. Emma Koehler had five along with 24 assists.
Koehler added seven points with Nikki Mogan adding six as did Traci Sanders and Clark chipped in with four along with Ashley Hull.