The Knights won convincingly over the first two games, 25-13, 25-5, but gave some of their younger and more inexperienced players some action in the decisive final game.
Rockville nearly spoiled the Knights' plans to get some varsity action for some of their younger players by leading 9-4 at one point in the third game.
"We kind of had some inexperience out there," commented coach Scott McDonald. "But that's part of the learning process. We want all the kids to get their feet wet and get some playing time."
After their shaky beginning, Northview settled in to a tight battle with Rockville, who eventually moved out to a 21-17 lead after a pair of Rox kills. Rockville eventually lead 22-18 before a long serve returned service to the Knights.
Long blasted a shot to narrow the gap and Ali Sharton followed with a tip to open space and Rockville shot themselves in the foot with three straight hitting mistakes to give Northview a 25-22 victory to end the match.
The third game was in stark contrast to the first two games that the Knights played pretty well in.
Following a shaky end to a 25-13 win in the first game, Lottie King got Northview rolling in game two with a block and a kill that rattled off a Rockville block. With Lindsay Thomas at the service line, she rang up 10 straight points for Northview, including two aces and King added two blocks and a kill in the run. Long also had one of her five kills in a stretch that ballooned the Northview lead from 2-1 to 12-2.
"We passed the ball better in the second game," assessed McDonald. "We had a little discussion before the second game and they came out a little more fired up. We can't do anything until we get that first pass and when you have a passer like Lindsay (Thomas), you can do a lot of things."
With Thomas directing the offense, the Knights continued to stretch their comfortable lead as Long got Northview the serve back quickly with a kill and then immediately served up an ace and Ashley Hull added one of her own for a 17-4 lead.
Hannah Emmert finished off the Rox with three aces down the stretch and long added the final point with a kill herself in the 25-5 victory.
"That first set we came out a little flat, but I think in the second we showed that killer instinct and never let them back in it."
The JV team was also a winner, scoring a 25-11, 25-7 win paced by 10 service points by Sharton in the first game and 10 from Emmert in the second game.
The Knights are now 4-0 and face Edgewood at home on Thursday night beginning at 6 p.m.
Northview 3, Rockville 0
Next game: Northview hosts Edgewood on Thursday at 6 p.m.