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Knights advance to Boonville title game

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Times Staff Report

BOONVILLE -- The Northview Knights traveled a long way south to get some tourney experience on Saturday.

Playing four matches in one day, the Knights took three-of-four at the Boonville Invitational.

"Overall we played pretty well," said coach Scott McDonald. "To win three of four games against teams of that caliber was pretty good. We're starting to get that momentum for the sectional tourney."

The Knights saw a familiar opponent in the tourney opener, besting Sullivan, 25-14, 25-14 before squaring off against the host Pioneers. The Knights took that match, 25-23, 25-21 to advance against Corydon Central where they earned a 25-19, 25-20.

The championship game saw Northview take on a talented Evansville Mater Dei squad where to fell short, 25-17, 25-17.

"Mater Dei is a very athletic team," commented McDonald. "We didn't make many mistakes, but they were a little more athletic than we anticipated.

"Our serve receive was good, but we need to work on covering our hitters better. We're showing signs of maturity though."

Brittaney Long rang up 25 kills, three aces and two digs in the tournament while Lizzie Emmert had 17 kills for the Knights. Hannah Hayes put together a balanced performance that included 36 assists, 16 kills, five aces and eight digs. Hannah Emmert added 10 kills, four aces and four digs while Kaylee Clark had 18 digs and three kills for the Knights.

Ashlen Buck contributed 28 digs on defense with Ali Sharton setting up another 36 assists with two kills. Alyssa Clarke smacked seven kills while blocking seven and Samantha Solomon had a team-high nine blocks with six aces and seven kills. Emily Chiles followed with four digs.

Northview improves to 21-3 overall with a showdown for the WIC championship on Wednesday against Owen Valley at 6 p.m.

At Boonville Invite

Corydon Central1920
Ev. Mater Dei2525

Next match: Northview takes on Owen Valley at home on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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