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Northview hammers out volleyball sweep versus Patriots

Friday, August 19, 2005

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Kaley Huffman skies for a kill versus Terre Haute North on Thursday.

It's been three long years for a group of four Northview seniors, three years with no victories against Terre Haute North.

Until Thursday.

The Northview seniors were vindicated in a big way as the freshman, JV and varsity all won their matches in straight sets over the visiting Patriots.

The varsity squad flexed their muscles during a strong first set in which the Knights held a tentative 12-10 advantage at the midpoint before Christy Fulk stepped to the line.

One of the aforementioned seniors, Fulk hammered out a pair of kills at the net to with a Lottie King ace and a Kaley Huffman kill as Northview raced away to an 18-11 lead and didn't look back in winning their opening set by a 25-14 count.

King also displayed her talents at the net by sending a pair of early North shots back 'return to sender' to give the Knights early confidence.

"This was really big for the seniors," commented coach Laura Rahn. "They all said that they were jittery before the game,"

They quickly did away with any nerves by getting a strong service game from Lindsay Thomas midway through the second set.

Leading just 6-5, Thomas stepped to the line and nailed a quick pair of aces sandwiched around a kill attempt that sailed long by North and another point for the Knights that gave Northview a 12-6 lead following a kill by King.

The closest the Patriots would get from there would be 19-14, but a pair of late kills by King, part of her 11 on the night would help the Knights win 25-18 to go up two sets to none.

The third set was a bit closer with the Patriots tying the match twice at six and seven apiece. But the Knights would keep the pressure on with kills from Heather Palmer and Fulk, who also had 11 in the game.

Fulk would serve up one of her two aces, part of seven service points, to give the Knights a 12-9 advantage and both King and Huffman sent home kills for a 14-10 lead.

North would make one last run to get within a point at 17-16, but Huffman would serve the Knights out to a 19-15 lead before Brittney Spugnardi earned a late ace and Thomas finished out the match at the line for the Knights in a 25-19 deciding victory.

Thomas had a big night for Northview with 33 assists to go with eight service points and three aces and Brianne Arvin had seven kills. Huffman added five digs to go with Spugnardi's five.

The Knights (3-0 overall) will remain at home to face Rockville at 6 p.m.

In the JV match, the Knights got 10 points from both Nikki Mogan and Olivia Kumpf to take a 25-17, 25-23 victory.

Kumpf also had 10 assists and Emma Koehler added five while Ashley Hull provided 10 kills to go with Hannah Emmert's four.

The Knights are now 2-1 overall

In the freshman game, Northview won 25-23, 25-22 as Allison Stearley had two kills and Ashlyn Yocom added four aces and a kill. Kirstin Kimball chipped in with a pair of kills, two aces and a block.

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