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Sectional paths set for county teams

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

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The Northview volleyball team gears up for a match earlier this season. The Knights are now 28-3 heading into Thursday's match against Plainfield for Senior Night.
County volleyball teams got their postseason assignments when the IHSAA drew their sectional opponents on Monday morning.

Northview will play in the Class 4A Mooresville Sectional while Clay City will take part in the Class A Shakamak Sectional.

Martinsville is the defending sectional champion in the Knights' sectional while Bloomfield was the winner in the Eels' sectional.

The Knights lost a first round matchup with Plainfield last season and Clay City went five-games before falling in the championship game

Northview has perhaps the most veteran lineup of the sectional but it is Terre Haute South that owns the only unbeaten mark against sectional opponents.

"I think South is the favorite," commented Northview coach Scott McDonald. "They've beat all the sectional teams. But we took them to five-games and we gave up some bad runs (in that match). I think the pressure is on them."

The Knights have two matches remaining in the regular season and conclude the home portion of their schedule with Thursday's Senior Night against a potential sectional foe in Plainfield.

Northview already owns wins against first round opponent Terre Haute North and against Mooresville, though both matches were in the first week of the season.

"I think we've improved since then," said McDonald. "We like our rotation. We spent the first half of the year trying to figure out where to put kids and about 10-12 years ago, we found a rotation that has really worked for us."

That rotation has helped the Knights to a 28-3 mark this season, but a sectional title is where Northview has set their goals. McDonald feels that with a draw that gives his team an opening round game, the draw was beneficial to the Knights.

"I think this was a good draw for us, or at least as good a draw as you can have in this sectional," said McDonald. "This gives us a chance to get a game under our belts and get rid of some nerves."

In the opening round of sectional play on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m., the Knights open versus the Patriots before Plainfield takes on Martinsville. The second round will see the winners of those two matches face each other before Terre Haute South on the host Pioneers face each other during Saturday's action. The championship match will take place that evening.

"I've told the girls all year that you have to get the breaks (to win the sectional)," commented McDonald. "We're good enough to win it, we've proved that, it's just a matter of getting over that hump and making the plays. We're starting to peak right when we're supposed to."

The Eels meanwhile will watch as Union (Dugger) and Shakamak face each other in Thursday's first round before squaring off against White River Valley in Saturday's opener. North Central will then take on the winner of Thursday's matchup.

Class 4A

Mooresville

Terre Haute North (13-11) vs. Northview (28-3)

Plainfield vs. Martinsville

Winner of Match 1 vs. Winner of Match 2

Terre Haute South vs. Mooresville

Class A

Shakamak

Dugger vs. Shakamak

Clay City vs. White River Valley

North Central (Sullivan) vs. Winner of Match 1



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