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Sunday, October 21, 2007

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Cari Laue (No. 7) and the Northview Knights won a school record 31 matches this season.
By STEVE FIELDS

For the Brazil Times

MOORESVILLE " The end of Northview High School’s record-setting volleyball season was going to be hard regardless of when it happened -- hard for an opponent to do and hard for the Knights to handle.

But the Knights’ 3-0 loss to the Plainfield Quakers on Saturday in the semifinals of the Class 4A Sectional at Mooresville was gut wrenching.

Every team has one of those days when nothing goes right. The Knights’ day came in the state tournament.

“It was real tough (to lose 3-0). Today it just wasn’t our day. We just couldn’t get a nice little three-four-point run to make a run at (Plainfield) and to get some momentum on our side. Plainfield played well, it was just a matter we couldn’t get the momentum back in our favor,” Northview coach Scott McDonald said.

The Quakers upset the Knights 25-14, 25-12, 25-15. Northview finished with a 31-4 record, the most wins in the program’s history.

Plainfield (25-10) effectively double-blocked Northview’s hitters and, offensively, hit away from the Knights’ 6-foot-2 middle-blocker Lottie King.

Northview had just 20 kills in the match, led by King with seven, Ashley Hull four and Kaley Huffman with three.

“The biggest problem we had today is just we didn’t get enough good passes to be able to run an offense, to be able to do something. It really made us one-dimensional and they were able to read that (and) take advantage,” McDonald said.

On the other side, Plainfield rarely tried to hit against the 6’2 King at the net. Plainfield’s Shari Bernhardt had 16 kills, mostly coming from the outside.

“(The Quakers) were smart. They stayed away from (King). The Bernhardt girl just dominated us,” McDonald said.

King led the Knights with seven kills, four blocks and one dig, Hull tallied four kills and four digs and Lindsay Thomas had four kills, 15 assists and two digs. Huffman finished with three kills and five digs.

Kyler Clark finished with eight digs.

Plainfield pulled away from a 5-5 tie to win game one with a 20-9 run.

Northview was clearly shaken. The Knights needed to win game two for a confidence boost.

“That second game we started out okay and then the wheels just kind of came off again. We needed to get that one to get some confidence. You could see it in our kids’ eyes that they were (thinking) I’m afraid it’s going to come to me, I’m going to shank a pass.”

Volleyball is such a game of confidence anyway,” McDonald said.

The Knights took an early 3-1 lead on Brittaney Long’s serve, but Plainfield moved ahead 4-3. A kill by Hull got the Knights within one, 8-7, but from that point the Quakers went on a 17-5 run that put Northview in a 2-0 hole.

After falling behind 9-5 in game three, the Knights rallied to within one, 12-11, on a kill by Thomas. Again Plainfield countered with a 13-4 run that Northview could not counter.

“I told the kids in the locker room no matter what happened today, 31-4 is a tremendous record. The sectionals are tough anyway, no matter what sport it is. You just got to get the breaks and today we just didn’t do it,” McDonald said.

The loss ended the high school volleyball careers of Huffman, Hull, King, Thomas, Kyler Clark, Katie Timberman and Cari Laue.

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