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Balanced attack leads Northview to WIC victory

Friday, August 26, 2005

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Lindsay Thomas had 38 assists to go with seven points and three aces in the win.

The Northview volleyball team started their conference schedule much the way they finished their early season non-conference slate, with a convincing victory.

The Knights got perhaps their most complete game of the season against visiting Edgewood on Thursday night in a 25-12, 25-10, 25-20.

"That's probably the best game we've played," commented coach Laura Rahn. "Tonight we did it without the rollercoaster ride."

What Rahn was referring to was the occasional tendency for her team to lose a bit of focus when leading teams this year. On Thursday, there was little lack of focus as Northview blasted the Mustangs from all angles.

The Knights had their hitting game going at a high percentage in their latest victory as Northview's hitting attack involved nearly everyone with four players with more than six kills in the contest.

Northview got started quickly in the first set as Christy Fulk took to the service line with the Knights actually trailing 5-4. But there was nothing tentative about the way the Knights took control of the game from that point on.

Lottie King hammered home a kill from her middle hitting position and following a Fulk ace, blocked another shot for a point and Brianne Arvin got a kill of her own.

Arvin perhaps was the Knights most valued player in the game as her accurate net work gave the Mustangs too many options to cover. When presented with King, Fulk, Kaley Huffman and Arvin to go along with Heather Palmer, the Mustangs couldn't block everyone. Arvin came through with six kills in the three-setter and Huffman added another seven for the Knights.

"Brianne is really starting to come on," noted Rahn. "Her and Kaley are really helping out our middles. It's really good when we're on."

The early result was that the Knights turned a one point deficit into a 10-6 lead and later got another three point run with kills from King and Huffman and an ace from Lindsay Thomas for a 16-8 lead.

Edgewood couldn't sustain any sort of offense and the Knights finished off the set with an ace from Kyler Clark and both a block and kill from Fulk to take set one.

The second set was even more lopsided with Brittney Spugnardi serving the Knights out to a four point run and an 11-4 advantage, but the real damage came from Huffman who helped turn an 18-7 Northview lead into a 23-8 lead with two aces and Fulk again ended the set with a kill, one of 11 for her in the game. Huffman had three kills of her own in the set to go with her aces and King drilled four kills.

The Knights didn't take long to get out to a comfortable lead in the final set with Huffman on the line. Fulk took control of the set with an early block and kill and a 6-1 lead. With Spugnardi on the line the Knights took a 9-4 lead and moved out to a 13-5 advantage.

Leading 20-11, the Knights stumbled a bit as Edgewood closed within 24-20 late in the set on some miscommunication on the Knights, but Fulk capped the third set as well with a kill and a 25-20 victory.

The Knights got 12 service points from Huffman, nine from Fulk and seven each from Thomas and Spugnardi in the a game with each adding three aces. Fulk also had eight blocks for the Knights and King contributed five. Thomas also added 38 assists in aiding the Knights. Spugnardi had seven digs to lead the squad and both Fulk and King had five as Northview won their sixth game of the season against no losses.

The Knights will visit Crawfordsville on Saturday for a three game tourney at Crawfordsville with their first game at 10 a.m.

In the JV game, the Knights went three sets but took home a 25-23, 21-25, 15-7 win over the Mustangs as Ashley Clark had eight points and two aces and Olivia Kumpf contributed seven points, two aces and eight assists. Emma Koehler had seven points, three aces and five assists. Ashley Hull sent home six kills with Katie Timberman, Cari Laue and Chelsea Mershon each getting three.

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