(Above) Lottie King led the Knights in kills with a school record last year.
Expectations are high this year for the Northview volleyball program. Coming off a 20 win season, the Knights are looking to take the next step with a varsity lineup that lost just two players from last year. However, the Knights fell to their Vigo County rival, Terre Haute South, in the semifinals of their sectional. So this year Northview has another year of experience under their belts and look to be loaded for bear after opening the season with four straight wins.
The Knights return all four of their All-Conference members as seniors Brittney Spugnardi and Christy Fulk team up with sophomores Lottie King and Lindsay Thomas.
The 6'1 King teams with the six-foot Fulk to provide a formidable pair of middle hitters and that offense gets even stronger when you consider the athleticism of Heather Palmer, Brianne Arvin and Kaley Huffman.
King rang up 293 kills last year to beat Manoela Vieira's school record of 280 set back in 2001. She also had 176 service points for the Knights and had 184 digs. She wasn't the only record setter last season for Northview as Spugnardi shattered the dig record (277) previously held by Kara Stevenson (189). She also served up 202 service points to break Stevenson's mark.
Palmer complements the abilities of Fulk and King and gave the Knights a well rounded game last year.
Fulk led the team in blocks with 90 and was second on the team in kills with 205 with Arvin third on the squad with 149.
Lindsay Thomas got her own Northview mark by setting up the Knights' hitters for 890 assists to far outdistance Megan Fisher's mark (371) back in 2001. She also provided 170 digs and 182 points.
That talented group returns for another season and teams with Kyler Clark who has moved into the rotation and has shown a superior serving ability and Kellsy Maurer gives the Knights even more experience off the bench for Northview.
Maurer had 141 digs for Northview last year and chipped in with 83 points. She should give the Knights some very valuable versatility off the bench. Chelsea Mershon will also get court time and adds even more height for the Knights with her 5'10 frame.
Northview will have their work cut out for them as the season progresses since they won't surprise anyone this season. The Knights are defending WIC champions after sporting an unbeaten mark in the conference last year. However, another WIC title would just be an appetizer for a hungry group of Northview volleyball players aching for a sectional championship. This could be the year for the Knights who have watched the rival Braves run off with the title the past three seasons. This deep, talented group of girls has set their sights on a championship in 2005.