GREENCASTLE -- Opening with back-to-back road games to kick off the 2007 season, the Northview volleyball team posted its second straight victory with a convincing win over the Greencastle Tiger Cubs.
The Knights cruised in the first game 25-6 before scoring a 25-19, 25-15 victory in the last two games to get the win and advance to 2-0 on the new year.
"We passed the ball really well in the first game, but we learned in the last two that if you let teams hang around then they gain confidence and begin to play better," commented coach Scott McDonald. "We need to learn how to put teams away."
Senior setter Lindsay Thomas rang up 29 assists to set up the offense and added two digs and a block for the Knights.
"Lindsay played more defense than we really liked," said McDonald of his team's setter. "We kind of scrambled around a bit and Lottie (King) had to do some setting too."
In fact, King added eight assists to go with her 15 kill evening and tallied nine blocks and three digs in the victory. Kaley Huffman added seven kills, 12 digs and three blocks for the Knights.
Junior Kyler Clark contributed 10 digs, Brittney Long added four kills and five digs while Cari Laue rang up four kills.
Ashley Hull had a strong night for Northview, posting eight kills, three digs, four blocks and four assists with Hannah Emmert adding six kills, four digs and two blocks.
"This gives us a couple of wins, but it also shows us some things that we need to work on," noted McDonald. "We're beginning to get more comfortable in our rotations and we'll work on that in practice (today)."
The Northview junior varsity squad scored a 25-6, 25-5 victory over the Tiger Cubs who host Terre Haute North on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Clay City volleyball
DUGGER -- Clay City's volleyball team opened up their season under new head coach Trisha Hall by scoring a double-conference victory against Union (Dugger).
The Eels went on the road to pick up a 25-20, 25-22, 25-22 to move to 1-0 overall as well as in the TRC and SWIAC conferences.
"We changed our defense and I think the girls have adjusted well," commented Hall. "They've really embraced what we're doing and this win definitely gives us some confidence. Hopefully we can keep that going and use it in our next match."
The Eels got a balanced effort from their squad paced by an eight kill effort from Britney Glass who also had two blocks. Angie Camp contributed six kills and two aces and Lynsey Higgins hammered out five kills to go with two aces and five blocks.
Kelly McCullough lead the offense with 16 assists and added four aces, four kills and four blocks.
"Kelly is our only setter so we only let her hit during one rotation, which makes her (offensive) numbers stand out even more."
The Eels will host South Putnam on Thursday at 6 p.m.