Times Sports Editor
The Northview volleyball program geared up for the rapidly approaching season with a three-day trip to the Butler University Team Volleyball Camp last week.
Nineteen Northview players attended the camp, which allowed the Knights to put two different teams on the court.
After the loss of a large graduating class last year, the Knights' players didn't possess a lot of varsity experience headed into tourney play, but had a great deal of success according to coach Scott McDonald.
Northview I team went undefeated, beating Indianapolis Pike, Plainfield, Covenant Christian and Wyoming, a team from Ohio. Northview's II team went 3-1, defeating Plainfield, Covenant Christian and Sheridan, losing only to Pike, 25-23, 25-21.
"The Northview I team played tremendous volleyball all three days," said McDonald. "Our passing out of serve receive and ball control on defense was outstanding. If we can get that from the kids all year, we will be very good."
Each team was assigned a "coach" that isn't familiar with the particular team, which provides a unique opinion from an outside perspective. According to McDonald, the Northview I team had a coach from Dallas, Texas, that was impressed with the squad's play.
"His comments about them were that they were exciting to watch, very athletic, highly energetic, and able to run a very fast offense that will surprise a lot people," McDonald mentioned.
The Northview I team consisted of seniors Hannah Emmert, Lexi Lang and Emily Chiles along with junior class of Brittaney Long, Alyssa Clarke, Ali Sharton and Samantha Solomon. The sophomores included Kaylee Clark, Hannah Hayes and Lizzie Emmert with freshman Ashlen Buck.
"The kids were very excited about how they played and are ready to begin the season," said McDonald.
"We have some areas that we have addressed that we want to improve and this group is extremely motivated to improve every day."
Not to be outdone, the Northview II team provided its own exciting play with a group that included, sophomores Chelsey Sampson, Darcy Bass and Kalyn Beil with freshmen Briana Cook, Taylar Yocom, Allie Peters, Kylee Clark and Samantha Montague.
"I was absolutely thrilled with how we played during the camp," said McDonald. "Our weight lifting and conditioning really started to show as the camp went on as others were getting tired, we were getting better.
Northview II really showed great improvement over the three days," McDonald continued. "They were a little overwhelmed with everything at first, but really came into their own the last two days. Their passing on serve receive and ball control has really improved over the last couple of days. They have grown exponentially as volleyball players and as players adjusting to the program. I was really proud of how they hung in there and kept getting better. They played better from game to game. They are only going to improve every day from this point on."
The team also wanted to thank the hard work by Sheri and Emily Yocom, who helped provide the meals for the girls while they were at Butler.
The Knights have their youth camp scheduled from July 28-31. The camp will be staffed by the North Clay and Northview coaching staff along with former NHS players and collegiate players Kaley Huffman, Ashley Hull and Lottie King.