By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
The final tumblers clicked into place on Thursday night as Northview's volleyball victory over South Vermillion, 25-12, 25-12, 25-10, set up a showdown on Wednesday night for the outright WIC championship with Owen Valley.
The Knights left little doubt about the outcome from the opening point of the match against the Wildcats.
Hannah Emmert pounded a ball into the court for the match's first point and the Knights didn't look back from there.
Serve receive, a concern after a Jasper Tournament last weekend, delivered the Knights' second loss, was back on track against South Vermillion. And for that matter, Northview's service game packed plenty of punch throughout.
"We made a change in serve receive this week and it showed tonight," said Northview coach Scott McDonald. "(Ashlen) Buck and Kaylee (Clark) did a good job passing. We worked on practically nothing but serve receive in practice and you can see it paid off."
Alyssa Clarke got the Knights going from the service line, blasting out three aces to go with a Samantha Solomon block to give Northview a 10-3 lead in the first game.
Combining with the Wildcats' hitting receiving and passing errors throughout the match, Northview continued to build on their first game lead.
Clarke and Hannah Hayes each added a kill during the game and Hayes completed the win with four aces and a kill by Lizzie Emmert to give Northview the opening game.
The second game remained close at 8-4 before Hayes set up a kill by Solomon and Ali Sharton's ace opened the gap to 12-5. From there, South Vermillion was able to scramble back within 14-10 before a kill by Long.
The junior outside hitter led the team with nine kills in the match and pushed the lead to 18-11 with another successful attack moments later. One of Alyssa Clarke's four kills followed and Northview began to pull away.
The Knights finished out the win with a kill by Kaylee Clark and Long finished it with two aces.
"We were able to hit well and play good defense," said McDonald. "I was most pleased with the serve receive tonight though."
In the final game, the Knights offense was flowing to near perfection during a stretch in which the Knights turned a 5-2 lead into a 14-2 advantage.
The hitting was spread evenly as Solomon, Lizzie Emmert, Kaylee Clark and Long each found hardwood with their attacks in the nine-point run.
Lexi Lang and Ali Stearley came in late in the match to help gain the Knights' fifth WIC win against no losses.
Lizzie Emmert had seven kills in the victory to go with three from Kaylee Clark, two from Hayes and three from Solomon, who had two blocks.
Sharton had 10 assists and Hayes added 20 for the Knights, who improve to 18-2 overall and 5-0 in the WIC.
The JV Knights claimed a 25-7, 25-17 victory and Stephanie McMains had eight kills, nine service points including seven aces. Briana Cook had 13 assists, four kills and three aces with Taylar Yocom contributing eight assists. Darcy Bass added six kills and Kalyn Beil had three kills and two blocks.
The Knights travel to the Boonville Invitational on Saturday before facing the Patriots on Wednesday for the WIC championship at home beginning at 6 p.m.
The game will also be a "Black Out" night in which all Northview fans are encouraged to wear black shirts in support of their team. Students who wear a black shirt have a chance to win one of four gas cards, two of which are for $50.
Next game: Northview travels to the Boonviell Invitational on Saturday.