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Northview clinches WIC volleyball championship

Thursday, October 7, 2004

Emotions were high following Wednesday's volleyball game at Northview High School.

The reason?

The Knights earned the Western Indiana Conference championship outright with a three set thumping of visiting Owen Valley that completed an unbeaten WIC slate for the Knights.

Despite getting off to a slow start, Northview's front line players swayed the tide over the course of the first set.

After falling behind for much of the early part of the set, trailing 14-10 at the halfway mark, Lottie King picked up a pair of important kills and Brittney Spugnardi ripped off an ace on the way to a 10 point turnaround.

Laura McCrea had back-to-back kills as Northview turned a four point deficit into a 20-15 lead and the Patriots never seemed to recover as the Knights went on to a 25-19 first set victory.

In game two the Knights led 6-5 following a point from Christy Fulk and maintained a slim lead until a pair of aces from Jessica Surigao put the Patriots on top briefly at 9-8. But the Knights would respond.

Three consecutive kills would give Northview back the momentum as a kill from King and a pair of service aces from Casey Challandes put Northview ahead 16-12.

After an Owen Valley sideout, the Knights got the ball back with Lindsay Thomas at the service line. Northview would run off four more points on a Brianne Arvin kill and a block and kill from King set the Knights up at 22-14 on the way to a 25-16 victory.

In game three the Knights continued their strong play with an early lead at 6-3. Heather Palmer would give the Knights a four point lead with a kill and provide a big momentum boost with a great dig as the Knights led 8-4.

The Knights pulled out to a 14-9 lead and kills from Spugnardi and Arvin helped set the Knights up with a 22-17 advantage.

After Owen Valley sent a kill attempt long, a long rally would end in a McCrea kill and a Northview win. Kaley Huffman provided two huge saves on the sideline to keep the point alive for McCrea's matchpoint and a 25-17 win.

In the match, King provided 14 kills and three blocks while Fulk had 12 kills. Spugnardi had nine kills and 14 points with 13 digs and Arvin contributed nine kills. Thomas had 11 points and 41 assists in the match and Huffman had 10 digs.

The victory gave Northview an 18-5 mark overall with a perfect 6-0 mark in the WIC that clinched the title.

Up next for the varsity Knights will be a match versus Riverton Parke on Tuesday while the JV will participate in the Avon Tourney this Saturday.

In JV action the Knights won 25-16, 25-19 as Emma Koehler provided 11 points and three kills with 11 assists and Traci Sanders added nine points. Kyler Clark had three points and three kills and Katie Timberman had nine kills.

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