TERRE HAUTE -- For years the Terre Haute South Braves have dominated the local volleyball ranks behind powerful hitting and precision court prowess.
The tables are slowly beginning to turn for South this season as graduation and injuries have taken their toll. Unfortunately for Northview those tables haven't turned quite far enough for their liking.
On Tuesday night the two squads squared off in a four set battle before the Braves shut the door on the youthful Knights 34-32, 25-18, 12-25, 25-18.
The first game of the night showed just what sort of dogfight the two schools could provide for the other as neither side could provide the killing blow in a marathon engagement.
The Knights served six times on game point but were unable to put the Braves away as both squads put on a display of gutsy volleyball.
Northview gave up one match point attempt and lost a point on an illegal substitution call which evened the score at 27 and South eventually took a 29-28 lead with Mallory Pabst at the service line.
However, the Knights rallied as well getting a clutch kill from Brianne Arvin and then fighting off another game point when Jackie Jacso served long. A South net violation gave the Knights another shot at the win, but Kaley Huffman's serve went long for Northview.
South followed with a long kill attempt to put the Knights ahead at 32-31 but, as she did all night, Joy Trendelman foiled the Knights with a kill and then ended the struggle with another kill, one of nine in the set for Trendelman.
Northview freshman Lottie King had six of her own with Christy Fulk adding three along with Laura McCrea and Arvin added two.
In the second set the Knights looked completely flat early on as South pressed out to a 17-8 lead before the Knights rallied on South mistakes to get within 21-15 before a net violation ended the set in the Braves favor, putting them up 2-0.
The third set was a polar opposite to set number two as the Knights got great hitting from all front line members in powering away to a 25-12 win.
Arvin had five kills in the set, including three of the final five points, sandwiched around a service ace from Lindsay Thomas and a kill from Brittney Spugnardi. King had two blocks and a pair of kills as Northview frustrated the Braves frontline.
But the fourth and final set was another head scratcher for Northview fans as their squad gave up the first 13 points mostly on communication errors and mistakes.
Trailing 13-0, the Knights staged a furious rally capitalizing on South's own mistakes to get within 18-16.
However, Pabst saved the Braves at the service line with a pair of aces and Mallory Kraly sent home a kill.
McCrea boosted the Knights with one more kill to get within 22-18, but the Braves finished out with another kill from Kraly and an ace by Lauren Gottardi to earn the victory.
For the match, Lindsay Thomas recorded a remarkable 63 assists, aiding King in reaching 14 kills while Arvin added 10 and both Fulk and McCrea had six.
King had four blocks to lead the Knights with Fulk adding three, Heather Palmer also had three. Spugnardi had 18 digs in the match and Huffman added 17 with both Arvin and Thomas contributing 10.
The Knights, 12-5 overall, will face Southmont and North Central in a three-way match at home on Saturday.
'C' Team Vollleyball
The Northview 'C' team earned a pair of victories on Tuesday night, defeating Greencastle, 25-14, 25-19 and West Vigo 25-9, 25-10.
In the opener, Olivia Kumpf had 11 points, including four aces and five kills and Mallory Heffner added nine service points.
In the second match the Knights got 11 points from Kumpf with five aces and Brittaney Searing added eight points and four aces as Northview moved to 11-3 overall this season.
The 'C' team will face Greencastle and Terre Haute South on the road on October 4.