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Records fall during 20 win volleyball season

Monday, November 8, 2004

Records have begun to fall at Northview High School as a 20-win season posted by the 2004 volleyball team was fueled by some very talented players.

With the institution of rally scoring in 2000, meaning that teams score points regardless of whether they are serving or not, season and career statistical records are only applied to the past four years.

This year a talented tandem of freshman made an assault on the Northview record books.

Lottie King raised the season kill record to 293, surpassing Manoela Vieira's 2001 season in which she registered 280 kills on the year. Classmate Lindsay Thomas had a big part in that record and broke one of her own by shattering the season assist mark with 890 this year. Her total far surpassed the previous mark of 371 set by Megan Fisher in 2001.

Junior Brittney Spugnardi claimed two season marks this year with 277 digs breaking the 2001 mark of Kara Stevenson who had 183. Spugnardi also broke the 2001 mark for service points held by Stevenson with 202, surpassing her by 13.

Erica Koehler's 2002 mark for service aces held up at 63 and Sarah Wetnight's record of 117 season blocks also held fast.

Junior teammate Christy Fulk surpassed the career mark for kills with 330 over the past two seasons which bettered Vieira's mark of 280. Thomas's season assist mark also gave her the career mark over Koehler's 705 between 2001-03. Spugnardi'd 301 digs the past two years bettered 2002 grad Millie Carr's total of 269 from 2001-02.

Koehler's mark of 483 service points from 2001-03 remained as did her 154 service aces though Fulk now has a career mark of 169 blocks after stuffing 90 shots this year. Her total passed Jessica Reece's 121 over the 2001-02 seasons.

Fulk, Spugnardi, Thomas and King were each named to the All Western Indiana Conference team for their efforts this season.

King had 184 digs to go with 73 blocks and 176 service points along with her kill mark and a hitting percentage of 46 percent. Fulk meanwhile added 205 kills, second on the team, and provided 60 digs for the Knights. Thomas was second on the team with 182 points and added 170 digs and Spugnardi contributed 54 aces to go with her season records.

Kayley Huffman won the Mentally Aggressive award for the Knights after providing 216 digs and 87 points on the season.

Also notable for the Knights this season was the play of seniors Casey Challandes and Laura McCrea.

Challandes had 198 digs for the Knights and added 144 points with 37 aces. McCrea was also key in the 20 victory season with 109 kills and 68 digs for the Knights.

Brianne Arvin was third on the team with 149 kills and added 107 digs who also got 141 digs from Kellsy Maurer and 83 points. Heather Palmer had 56 digs and 30 blocks for the Knights.

A truly special season for the Knights who hope to get even better results next year when they return eight of 10 varsity players.

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