Clay City's Melinda Jackson looks for an open spot to put a kill attempt in Monday's game.
ISTEP testing will take place this afternoon around the area, but just one evening before, both Clay City and Northview had a volleyball test that placed them squarely in each others cross hairs.
Each team had lost just one game coming into the county showdown, with the Knights improving to 16-1 over the weekend and the Eels boasting a 10-1 mark.
However, it was the Knights that passed the test with flying colors in a straight set victory on Monday evening, winning 25-12, 25-14, 25-14.
The Knights wasted little time in getting off to a running start on the right arms of Brianne Arvin and Christy Fulk who gave Northview a quick 2-0 lead with kills before Arvin tipped a shot back at the Eels for a 3-0 lead.
Much of Northview's success came in putting together extended runs in the game and a lot of that had to due with their service game which was solid all night against the Eels.
With the Eels edging out to a 7-6 lead after a kill by Sarah Kennedy, the Knights evened the score on a net violation to give Lindsay Thomas the serve.
Lottie King blocked a shot to give Northview a lead and sent home a kill before Angie Camp hit into the net as the Eels called a timeout after five straight Northview points. After the break, Heather Palmer drilled home a point off a Clay City block attempt that found the stands.
Kennedy would end the run with her kill that deflected off King's block attempt and out of play. Still, the Knights had taken control 13-8 and wouldn't look back.
Fulk would keep Northview going strong with some great play at the net, meanwhile the Eels had some passing problems that took the edge off their own hitting.
Leading 16-12, the Knights sent Kyler Clark to the line and she would serve Northview to victory as Arvin killed a point to the backline followed by a Thomas tip. A Clay City pass that got too close to the net was sent to the court by Fulk and Clark had two aces before Fulk ended the set with a tip.
"I think we just shut them down early and got the momentum," commented Northview coach Laura Rahn. "They didn't get much momentum and in the second set they were just out of sync a little bit."
The Knights once more took control in the middle of the second set despite ealry kills from Kennedy, Ashley McCullough and Angie Camp from the Eels. Leading 13-12, the Knights grabbed a more comfortable lead on kills from Arvin and King for a 16-13 advantage.
From there, the Eels had trouble mounting any more of an attack.
Clay City tipped a shot into the net before a pair of kill attempts went wide and long combined with a net violation and Fulk earned a kill followed by a block by King that was part of an 8-0 run by the Knights to help finish the Eels in the set.
"We just never got into the flow of things," said Clay City coach Lori Knight. "You're going to have those games. Northview is a good team, but I would have liked for us to have played better."
The final set was more of the same as Northview got a solid lead near the midpoint of the set and wouldn't let up.
The Eels were within 13-8 midway through but Northview would double up Clay City the rest of the way, outscoring them the rest of the way 12-6.
For the Knights, Thomas had 32 assists, nine points and two aces with King contributing 11 kills and seven blocks. Fulk had eight points, eight kills and six blocks with Clark adding 13 points, Spugnardi 11 and Arvin contributed nine kills.
For the Eels, Kennedy had five kills and three blocks with Roe providing four points and McCullough had four kills and two blocks. Camp added three kills and three points with Melinda Jackson providing two kills.
The Knights will get another rivalry game this evening as they host Terre Haute South at 5:30 p.m while the Eels will face Rockville at home.