Kaley Huffman skies for a kill attempt set up by teammate Lindsay Thomas (#2).
That's likely the best word to describe the feeling that White River Valley had following their volleyball match with host Northview on Tuesday night. The Knights rattled off a straight set victory, 25-12, 25-10, 25-14.
The Knights jumped on the Wolverines right off the bat as Kaley Huffman stepped to the service line and ran off a 15-0 lead for the Knights. Christy Fulk, Heather Palmer and Brianne Arvin used an accurate hitting game to keep the Wolverines from getting anywhere near comfortable on the court.
Northview would show off their power early against the overmatched Wolverines and would spread the wealth.
Fulk blocked the first WRV shot to start the game for the Knights and followed with a kill. The Wolverines made a couple of miscues with a missed set and a hitting error sandwiched around a kill from Huffman that put Northview in control at 6-0. Fulk, Palmer and Arvin all shared the hitting duties as Lindsay Thomas distributed the ball to all her hitters for a 10-0 lead.
By the time WRV scored their first point, they had very nearly conceded the first set.
WRV would come back a bit from what would be a 19-3 Northview advantage, outscoring Northview 8-5 to pull within 24-11, but another unforced error on a hitting attempt would end the set in the Knights favor.
White River Valley would get off to a significantly better start in the second set, trailing 6-3 early on, but Brittney Spugnardi came to the line and served up two beautiful aces to help the Knights stretch the advantage out to 10-4.
After pulling out to a 15-7 lead, and with WRV at the service line, Spugnardi pulled off a nice kill from near the backline to return the rally to the Knights and from there, Lottie King served an ace and Fulk succeeded on a kill to make the score 20-8. Kyler Clark would help finish off the Wolverines from the line with another ace and a Thomas tip at the net would clinch the set.
Northview's service game got stronger as the evening progressed which was bad news for the Wolverines.
The Knights hammered four aces in the second set and would extend that to seven in the third set.
First of all however, WRV played perhaps their best in the match over the first half of the set, leading 7-4 before Thomas picked up a couple of aces that helped regain the momentum for the Knights. The last tie came at 11-11 when Huffman got her chance at the line.
After a WRV mishit, Huffman served three straight aces, part of her 16 point night to take a 16-12 lead. From there Clark served from the four point lead and King earned one of her four kills before two aces extended the lead to 23-13. Chelsea Mershon earned her first kill of the game to help end the game and extend Northview's winning streak to 10-0 this year.
Huffman showed off her hitting skills in the game with eight, but Fulk led the team with her 10 kills and chipped in with four blocks with two assists. Heather Palmer contributed six more kills and Brianne Arvin had four assists on blocks with Thomas distributing 35 assists.
"I thought our middle game was a little better tonight," said head coach Laura Rahn who believes her team gained confidence from winning a tournament at Crawfordsville last weekend. "We hadn't beaten (Crawfordsville) before," noted Rahn. "The girls were pretty excited about that. We've got a challenging week (coming up) with Cascade and Avon. We're gradually getting better."
That could be bad news for upcoming teams which includes trips to Cascade on Tuesday and Avon on Wednesday both at 6 p.m.
The Northview junior varsity volleyball team dropped a three set match with the Wolverines, 24-25, 25-10, 13-15 despite eight assists and three aces from Olivia Kumpf. Emma Koehler added four assists and Ashley Hull led the team with six kills. Katie Timberman had five kills along with Chelsea Mershon.