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Knights win county volleyball battle

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

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Northview's Ashley Hull (No. 8) drives a ball past the block attempt of Clay City's Britney Glass (No. 17) and Hanna Moore (No. 26).
The final result of Northview and Clay City's volleyball match on Monday evening, took a backseat to the cause for which each team had been raising money the past several weeks.

Both teams raised a significant amount of money through T-shirt sales and donations which went to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Before the match, a three-game Northview victory, survivors were honored and those who succumbed to the disease were remembered in an emotional ceremony.

"I thought (the fundraising) was very positive and I was impressed with how Northview handled it," commented Clay City coach Trisha Hall. "I hope that both programs will continue this and make this a yearly tradition. I know our girls enjoyed being able to participate in a great cause."

Northview coach Scott McDonald agreed with Hall in making this fundraiser an annual event.

"I think this is something we can build on for each program and we can use tonight as a start and make each year bigger."

In the match, the Knights ran out to big leads in the first two games, 9-0 in the first and 12-3 in the second while winning 25-11 and 25-8 though the Eels showed glimpses of what they are capable of when playing in top form.

Britney Glass returned to action from injury and gave the Eels an offensive threat at the net as well as a defensive presence with five blocks in the match. Kelly McCullough didn't miss a serve in the match and also had three kills, four assists and four digs in the match.

But the Knights balance gave Clay City trouble, especially in the first two games.

Lindsay Thomas ran off eight straight service points to open the match, getting a pair of aces and one of Lottie King's 15 kills to get their offense rolling.

Hannah Moore's tip at the net, ended Northview's opening run, but the Eels were quickly put on their heels.

Clay City got a kill from Angie Camp and what might have been a momentum shifting block from Glass on a kill attempt from Ashley Hull. However, Northview sophomore Brittaney Long responded by drilling home a kill of her own in response as the Knights extended their lead to 14-5.

Northview proved too strong at the net as Thomas set up her hitters with 31 assists in the match.

After cruising to the first game victory, Northview didn't let up to start the second match with Thomas again serving up a strong opening run.

This time she got a kill from Hull to open the scoring and Cari Laue followed with one of her own. Both Kaley Huffman and King had kills in the salvo around a hitting error from the Eels to take the 6-0 lead.

Lynsey Higgens served out an ace to get within 6-2, but an outstanding volley that featured some great digs by both squads ended with the Eels finding the net on a return. Northview came back with another strong run on kills from Huffman and Hannah Emmert to stretch the lead to 16-6 and the Eels were unable to get closer.

Despite being down two games quickly, Clay City stayed within striking distance throughout the final game and kills from McCullough, Higgens and Angie Camp, who had two kills and two blocks.

The Eels were within 17-9 before running off three straight points to get within 17-12 and 18-13 after Camp's second kill. But King nailed down her 15th kill and several late service and hitting errors were too much to overcome for the Eels who lost 25-17 in the final game.

Despite the loss, Hall felt her team battled their bigger county neighbors.

"It was good to see we had some good moments," said the first-year Clay City coach. "I'd like to think that the Bloomfield game was our rock bottom and that now we can continue with more positive play."

The Eels also got two aces and two digs from senior Mardi Steiner and seven digs from Emily Reed. Hannah Moore added two kills, four assists and six digs.

The Knights' Huffman had 10 kills and Hull added four kills and two blocks in the victory.

Northview's junior varsity won 25-17, 25-4 as Jessie Timberman had 10 service points in game two and Alyssa Clarke added nine. The Eels got a strong floor game from Kyann Roe.

Northview hosts another rival in Terre Haute South tonight at 6 p.m. and the Eels host Rockville this evening.

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