TERRE HAUTE -- The Northview volleyball team saw their undefeated season end with a thud Tuesday with a decisive 3-0 loss at Terre Haute South.
The Knights (15-1) got off to slow starts in each of the three games and were never able to recover. They fell behind 5-1 in game one, only to claw their way back to take a 12-11 lead. Eventually they fell in a close 25-21 decision.
The difference maker in game one came when South's Erica Sell connected on three consecutive serves to break open a 14-14 game.
Game two started the same with the Braves jumping out to a 6-2 lead after Northview scored the game's first point. The Knights did make the game competitive for a while, forcing five separate ties before South overpowered them to win 25-16.
Knights coach Scott McDonald said the difference between this game and the previous 15 was his team's uncharacteristic mistakes.
"We made a lot of mistakes tonight," McDonald said. "We didn't pass well, our service wasn't good and theirs was. They are a good team and a good program, but they didn't do anything special to beat us."
Like the previous outings, the Knights got off to a rough start in game three. A dominant string of serves from South's Amy Telezyn put the Knights in a 10-3 hole from which they could not get out of, falling 25-15.
Individual highlights from Northview were nine kills from Brittaney Long, 12 assists from Hannah Hayes and 16 digs from Ashlen Buck.
The loss ends the Knights' undefeated streak at 15.
While losing is not something his team is accustomed to, McDonald said he sees no reason why his squad wouldn't be able to recover and return to their winning form.
"We'll be fine," McDonald said. "We're a good team and we will be able to recover from this."
The Knights return to action on Saturday when they participate in the Jasper Invitational.
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Next match: Northview travels to the Jasper Tourney on Saturday.