By CAREY FOX
Hopes are high for the Northview volleyball team this season. Returning nearly their entire varsity roster, but bringing in a new head coach, the Knights have their sights set firmly on a sectional championship.
Northview began the 2006 season on the right foot with a three set victory over visiting Mooresville on Monday, 25-15, 25-13, 25-15.
Afterwards, head coach Ali Pinkston commented on her squad's successful season debut.
"I was very pleased with how we played tonight," the DePauw alumni noted. "We were very consistent. We have huge improvements we can make, but it was a good start."
The Knights got going a bit slowly as Mooresville hung around through the halfway point of the opening game, trailing just 12-10. However, Kaley Huffman had a big swing for a kill to get the Knights rolling and Lottie King made a key defensive block to open a 15-10 gap on the Pioneers.
After a service error on Mooresville, King stepped to the line herself and ran off a couple of points and freshman Brittaney Long added a pair of points herself and Northview had taken firm control at 20-13.
Brianne Arvin, who led Northview with nine kills and added five service aces, drilled home her first kill of the match and added an ace. Huffman's kill and a service ace from Ashley Hull finished off the first game victory for the Knights.
"I've been working with the girls on playing the game with a sense of urgency," said Pinkston of her squad. "Some of these girls are kind of quiet, so we've been telling them not to let one point go by without working hard."
The third set was over quickly for the Pioneers who allowed the Knights to run out to a 15-4 advantage after Arvin served up six straight points. She would also close out the game with a pair of kills and Mooresville's Krystal Carson sent a kill attempt wide to end the game.
Northview kicked their offense into overdrive in the third game, coupled with some miscues by Mooresville, and the Knights won comfortably.
Leading 6-5, Northview got kills from Hull and Thomas to go with a heads up tap by Huffman over a Mooresville block attempt and the lead was up to 11-6. Mooresville was able to hang around for a bit, clawing back to within 16-12 before Chelsea Mershon sent home a kill.
Arvin stepped to the service line and put Northview in firm control.
She served up six straight points coupled with a tip by Lindsay Thomas and a kill by Hull before Arvin scored a pair of aces to send the Knights to a 25-15 win and a three game win.
Thomas had 29 assists for the Knights who also got eight kills from King and four blocks by Hull.
Northview (1-0 overall) will host Greencastle tonight at 6 p.m.
The Northview JV and freshman squads both lost to the Pioneers.
With a 7-5 lead, Northview