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Northview volleyball splits matches at Avon Invite

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Brailyn Whitson had 12 digs for the Knights on Saturday.
Staff Report

AVON -- The Northview volleyball team competed against some tough competition at the Avon Invitational on Saturday and came away with a split of four games.

The Knights downed Jennings County in game one, 25-10, 25-15 as Coach Scott McDonald felt his team played at a very high level.

"We came out playing very well and played at the level that we are supposed to play at," McDonald said. "Our energy and intensity was good from the first point to the last point."

In the second match, the Knights faced Indianapolis North Central and came away with a difficult three-game victory, 20-25, 25-12, 25-9.

"After losing the first set, the kids really rallied behind each other," McDonald said. "North Central was the most athletic team that I have seen since being the coach at Northview. Our serve receiving and tip coverage was very good and those things allowed our offense to use all of our hitters. This match was a good indication that these kids will not panic when they get behind."

The third game came against a talented Avon squad and the Knights, fresh off an emotional victory, fell to the Orioles, 25-13, 25-11.

"We had to send over far too many free balls over and (Avon) ran their offense very efficiently," McDonald said. "We had too many hitting and service errors in a match against a team like Avon to be successful."

The final game came against perennial rival Terre Haute South and, despite a good start, the Knights lost 25-19, 25-14.

"We got off to a really good start up 8-3 in the first set. Then all of a sudden, we just seemed to lose everything that we had done to get on top.

"We found some holes in their defense, but just did not get it done," McDonald continued. "We learned that we can play with teams like those who were in this tournament, but we have to do what we are capable of and what are strengths are supposed to be."

Brittaney Long led the team with 19 kills and had six aces and 10 digs with Kaylee Clark sending home 17 kills and 24 digs. Brylie Riddell had 13 kills, thre blocks and seven aces with Alyssa Clarke contributing 12 kills. Lizzie Emmert added seven kills and Samantha Solomon knocked home two kills.

On defense, Ashlen Buck had 32 digs with Brailyn Whitson adding 12, Ali Sharton had five kills, 13 assists and seven digs.

Hannah Hayes dished out 44 assists with three kills.

The Knights (6-3 overall) travel to Linton on Thursday.

At Avon Invitational

Jennings County1015
Ind. North Central25129
T.H. South2525