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Northview volleyball outmans visiting West Vigo squad

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Judging by the way Northview came out firing on the volleyball court on Monday night, they might be acquiring a bit of the killer instinct that has, at times, been lacking when putting away opponents.

Coming off their only loss of the season this weekend, the Knights were never threatened against an outmanned West Vigo squad in a 25-10, 25-12, 25-11 win.

The Knights spread around their offensive power on Monday, showing their outside hitters can deliver the goods just as well as their middles.

Northview got nine kills from Kaley Huffman, eight from Brianne Arvin and four from Heather Palmer in the game.

"We bounced back well," commented Northview coach Laura Rahn. "Our middles are running more fakes and our outsides are putting the ball away, and we're trying to get Lindsay (Thomas) to tip more at the net."

Opening the game, the Knights ripped out to an 18-6 lead before a kill from Christy Fulk and some unforced errors from the Vikings put the Knights in charge at 22-9 where Palmer sent down a kill and Kyler Clark aced the Vikings from the service line to take the first set easily.

The second set see-sawed early with the Knights leading 6-4 after a kill from Palmer, but a block from Fulk up the middle, an ace from Lottie King and another kill from Fulk gave Northview a 10-5 advantage. The Knight continued to put together strong runs with Arvin giving Northview a 12-7 lead before Lindsay Thomas tipped a ball at the net for another point. Leading 16-11, Brittney Spugnardi stepped to the service line and aced West Vigo twice along with a kill from Huffman to give the Knights a 21-11. Northview got the rally back one point later as West Vigo's serve sailed long.

With Thomas at the service line, Palmer and Huffman sent home back-to-back kills and Huffman ended the set with a block.

The third set was more of the same as the Northview hitting game was varied and lethal to the Vikings. The Knights got out to a 12-4 lead as the Knights continued on their way to a 25-11 final set win and a sweep of the Vikings.

"We'd like to win conference," said Rahn. "Our real goal though is to win sectional. We've got big games coming up against Plainfield and Terre Haute South in the future, we've got plenty of goals ahead."

The Knights (14-1 overall, 3-1 WIC) will travel to Union (Dugger) tonight for a 6 p.m. game.

In the junior varsity game, the Knights swept to a 25-12, 25-18 victory as Nikki Mogan had 14 service points and four aces. Olivia Kumpf added nine points, three aces and five assists with Ashley Hull contributing five kills. Emma Koehler had six assists and both Cari Laue and Chelsea Mershon added two blocks.

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