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Wednesday, September 6, 2006

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Lottie King led the Knights with 10 kills against Cascade.



Northview outclassed visiting Cascade in volleyball action on Tuesday evening, 25-9, 25-17, 25-10 to remain unbeaten on the season, 11-0.

With a varsity roster that included just two seniors and seven freshman and sophomores, the Cadets weren't able to handle the Knights veteran lineup.

The Knights came out firing in the first game, pulling steadily away to the final margin, setting the tone for the evening.

In game two, the Cadets hung tough with Northview, staying within 14-13 after a five point run fueled by a bit of lost focus by the Knights. However, Northview regained their momentum on a kill by junior middle hitter, Lottie King. A net violation by the Cadets preceded a powerful kill by freshman Brittaney Long. Lindsay Thomas aced Cascade on the next serve and a King kill that found the backline propelled the Knights to a 21-15 advantage they wouldn't look back from.

With an overmatched opponent on the opposing side of the net, Northview coach Ali Pinkston commented on her philosophies on the game. "We set specific individual and team goals for these games. It helps teach the girls to not let up in any games regardless of the opponent."

The Knights finished off the second game victory in strong fashion with late kills by Ashley Hull and Brianne Arvin, who had four kills in the game.

In the final game, Northview's focus paid off, even with some of their regulars sitting out large stretches in both the second and third games.

The Knights roared out to a 15-4 advantage with Long at the service line.

The Cadets made three hitting errors in a row to kickoff the streak before Hull sent down a kill to the backline to put Northview ahead 11-3. Kaley Huffman followed with a kill of her own and Hull pushed the lead to 10 points. Cascade then added to their deficit with two more mistakes, hitting one ball long and finding the net with another.

Leading 17-5, Lindsay Thomas stepped to the service line for an ace before King sent home one of her 10 kills. Cascade's Lindsey Stewart committed a net violation and the Knights cruised to an easy win capped by senior Chelsea Mershon's kill.

Afterwards, Pinkston praised her team for their focus. "We were able to get all of our girls in the game tonight to get them some more experience, but even while they were out of the game, our starters were really supportive of their teammates."

Kyler Clark had a big night with 15 digs for the Knights. "I thought Kyler did a great job tonight. For a first year libero, she's learned very fast," said Pinkston of the junior.

Hull added seven kills for the Knights with six coming from Huffman. King added in six solo blocks for the Knights and Thomas had 31 assists in the victory. Long had nine digs for the Knights and Arvin contributed six.

In the JV game, the Knights improved to 5-3 with a 25-8, 25-16 victory paced by eight kills by Hannah Emmert and six by Allie Melega and four from Kirstin Kimball.

Ali Sharton paced Northview's JV with 14 assists with four coming from Olivia Kumpf. Ali Rentschler added three digs and Mallory Heffner had two.

"Our morale is high right now," said Pinkston. "Our girls should be happy, but not too proud because we haven't achieved our goals."

The Knights (11-0, 1-0 WIC) will host Sullivan and Brown County on Saturday in conference matchups beginning at 10 a.m.

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