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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

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Northview's Kaylee Clark helped lead the Knights to a three-set win over Greencastle.
By DAN SHELTON

For the Brazil Times

GREENCASTLE -- If Tuesday night's showing was any indication of what the Northview volleyball season is going to be like, it's going to be a good year.

From start to finish, the Knights played with an intensity that Greencastle could not match and swept the Tiger Cubs in three sets.

"The first game we came out and we talked about not knowing what to expect and when you are playing with the unknown, you have to play a little bit harder. We came out in the first game with a lot of intensity," Northview coach Scott McDonald said.

Northview came out swinging in the first set, going on a 6-0 run and ended the game on a 13-1 run, winning 25-7. Greencastle scored seven times in the first game, with four of their points coming by way of Knight errors.

In game two, Northview realized that they needed to continue with a high intensity attack because Greencastle was not going to sit back and take a beating.

The Tiger Cubs jumped out in front in the second game with Chelsea Samuels getting a kill and a block for a 2-0 lead. The Knights answered back with a small run of their own, but did not fully take control of the game until later, when they knotted the score 12-all and went on a 8-0 run and won 25-18.

"We kind of had a little bit of a let down in the second game, but then we had a little reorganization meeting before the third game and played like we can," McDonald said.

In game three, the Knights lit up the Tiger Cubs with ace after ace. Out of the 25 points Northview scored, 11 were aces and GHS coach Trish Lowe knows that was her team's Achilles heel.

"We struggled with the serve receive tonight," Lowe said. "We did not move into the receiving zones well."

Northview totaled 17 aces for the nights.

One of the main threats that the Knights had was Kaylee Clark. She recorded four aces in the third game along, with four kills.

"She (Kaylee) is our smartest player," McDonald said. "She does a really good job of knowing where to go and she doesn't miss a lot of balls and does a good job of putting them into play."

Clark was a force in the third game, but there was another player that the Knights had that punished the Tiger Cubs every chance she could -- Brittaney Long.

Long collected 10 kills, with nine of them coming in the first two games.

"Brittaney is our best player," McDonald said. "She is our co-MVP and we will go as far as she can take us."

Even though his team has won its first two matches of the season, McDonald has seen a few things that he wants to fix as soon as he can.

"So far so good, but we have seen a couple a things in the first two games that we didn't like and we are going to fix that tomorrow (today) and get ready for Terre Haute North on Thursday," McDonald said.

The Knights take on Terre Haute North next.

At McAnally

Northview 25 25 25

Greencaslte 7 18 12

Next Match -- Northview takes on Terre Haute North.