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Knights open volleyball season with road win

Monday, August 17, 2009

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Kaylee Clark
Staff Report

MOORESVILLE -- The Northview volleyball teams opened their seasons on the road at Mooresville on Monday evening and came away with a pair of wins.

The varsity squad rolled to a 25-14, 25-13, 25-21 win over the Pioneers to start the season and the junior varsity scored a 23-25, 25-19, 15-13 win. The freshmen team fell in three games, 10-25, 25-13, 10-15.

In the varsity match, coach Scott McDonald was pleased with his team's effort in the victory.

"For the first match of the year, we played pretty well," McDonald said. "I felt our serve receive was good all night. We were able to run anything that we wanted. We were able to spread the offense around quite a bit."

The offense's balance was proved in the statistical data as well.

Brittaney Long led the team with 12 kills, but the Knights got eight more from Kaylee Clark and seven apiece from both freshman Brylie Riddell and Alyssa Clarke. Lizzie Emmert added another six for the Knights.

Hannah Hayes dished out 24 assists and Ali Sharton added another 13 with three service aces.

McDonald was also happy with how his defense played to open the season.

"We were able to get a lot of touches on our blocks, which made a huge impact on our defense. I was pleased with nearly every phase of the game," McDonald said. "Alyssa Clarke was strong tonight in the middle hitting several quick swinging attacks. That is a good sign that we are passing well, when she can run those."

Ashlen Buck had 11 digs on defense and Clark added six with two aces. Alyssa Clarke had four blocks for the Knights and Riddell added two more.

Stephanie McMains and Samantha Solomon each had a kill apiece and Brailyn Whitson contributed three digs.

The Northview varsity (1-0 overall) and junior varsity (1-0) each take on Greencastle on the road tonight at 6 p.m.