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County teams preparing for sectional foes

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Its been a special season for area volleyball teams who have had some of the best seasons in their respective school histories.

The Northview Knights will head into postseason play with a 27-4 record while the Clay City Eels have posted a school best 17 victories this season against just five losses.

But as both coaches would admit, those records all go out the window as sectional play begins on Thursday evening.

While both squads have had excellent seasons, they both face first round sectional foes that have given them one of their few losses on the year. Northview will take on sectional host Plainfield in Thursday's opening 6 p.m. game and according to Knights' coach Laura Rahn, her team is confident they can reverse their prior meeting's result.

"I think (Plainfield) is definitely beatable. They've got weaknesses. We had so many errors on our side last game that we'll make some changes. I think we're confident."

The Quakers are the defending sectional champions, taking a 23-25, 25-15, 25-20, 25-14 victory over Terre Haute South last season.

The Knights had difficulties containing the Quakers 6'1 standout hitter Jessica Wolfe, but then again, so have most teams Plainfield has played.

The Quakers have gotten 408 kills from Wolfe this year, an average of 4.4 per game. The three year starter has helped the Quakers post a 29-4 mark during the regular season including a 25-12, 25-19, 25-22 win over the Knights.

"Wolfe is definitely good," admitted Rahn. "She had some big kills against us, whenever they needed a point they got one from her."

Wolfe, who is attracting college attention in both volleyball and basketball, is second only to Speedway's Katie Wilson (452) in kills in the greater Indianapolis area.

But Rahn believes the Knights can work around Wolfe's talents.

"We need to work on our defense and move some girls around. She's going to get her points, she's a Division I type athlete, we just can't get discouraged."

The Knights have nothing to be discouraged about with their season and come into the sectional very confident about their chances at raising some eyebrows.

"It's hard for the seniors not to get emotional, but I think they feel that (Plainfield) is beatable. Wolfe is most of their offense. I think that they could be overlooking us."

Following the Northview/Plainfield game, perhaps the sectional favorite, No. 6 ranked Martinsville will take on Terre Haute South in the second game on Thursday evening.

The winners of the first two games will play each other on Saturday at 11 a.m. before Mooresville and Terre Haute North follow.

In the Bloomfield Sectional, the Clay City Eels will face 24-6 Union on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. following White River Valley and Bloomfield that begins at 6 p.m.

The match between the Bulldogs and Eels is a battle between the sectional favorites with Union getting the favorites edge after beating the Eels in three sets last week.

In the bye bracket game, North Central and Shakamak will face off after the 11 a.m. Saturday game between Thursday's winners.

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