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Braves provide Knights with postseason motivation

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

If the Northview volleyball team didn't have enough motivation for sectional play beginning in one month, they certainly do now.

With rival Terre Haute South coming into their house, the Knights struggled to maintain consistency and momentum as the visiting Braves downed them in three games.

After taking a close opening set, the Braves gained control early on in the second game as Northview couldn't find a comfortable rhythm as they have in most games. South eliminated the Knights strong service game and kept Northview from mounting any consistent point runs.

Leading 13-11 and with Lauren Gottardi at the service line, the Northview's Brianne Arvin's tip at the net, fell wide before a service ace from Gottardi lead to a 16-12 advantage. After a Lottie King kill got the Knights a point closer, Northview's main antagonist, Mallory Kraly, got warmed up and drilled home a pair of kills, following a long kill attempt from Northview's Kyler Clark, to put South ahead by seven points.

Arvin regained the rally for the Knights with a kill as Kraly mistimed her block. The Knights put together a brief rally as Kristin Seaton's kill was long for the brave and King stuffed a big point for the Knights to get her team and the crowd back in the match. On the next point, Kaley Huffman stood tall at the net and her blast at the net was blocked wide by Kraly forcing a timeout for the Braves at 20-17.

From there however, Kraly rallied for a kill and South finished with four straight points, finishing with a kill by Kraly past King and a 25-17 South win to go up two games to none.

The Knights wouldn't go peacefully however despite falling behind once more in set three.

Trailing at the midpoint 12-7, the Knights scratched and clawed their way back to within 15-13 on a mishit shot by South and a long kill attempt by Kraly. Seaton would regain the rally with a block and the game would begin to seesaw from there along with the momentum.

Trailing 16-14 and with Brittney Spugnardi at the service line, King had back-to-back blocks, the last on a tip by Kraly to knot the game at 16-apiece. From that point, there were four ties before South took a 23-21 lead before Heather Palmer's kill from the outside put Clark at the line for the Knights.

Christy Fulk would block a shot from Seaton to bring the Northview fans to their feet and Mallory Pabst sent a shot into the net to put the Knights up 24-23. However, the Knights couldn't quite hold on as Clark's serve found the net to give the Braves a chance with the game knotted at 24-all.

Pabst took to the serve line and Seaton gave the Braves a one point lead with a kill and a kill attempt from Arvin went long to give South the victory.

"They really get pumped up for us the way we get up for Clay City and they do for us," said coach Laura Rahn. "Our hitting worked at the start, but they were able to close up their blocks. We had a positive talk (after the game) and we'll build off this for the sectional."

The Knights got nine points from Clark along with five aces with Fulk adding seven kills and Arvin six. Fulk had six points and Huffman had four kills, two blocks and two points. King added four kills, 10 digs and six blocks with Spugnardi contributing six points.

The Northview JV team fell in two games to the Braves.

In Greencastle, the Braves won a 25-14, 25-15 decision over the Tiger Cubs. Kirstin Kimball had three kills, three aces and two blocks. Ali Rentschler added three aces with Allison Stearley chipping in with two kills and a block.

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