CASCADE -- The Northview volleyball team had a battle on its hands Tuesday night against Cascade.
The Knights were up to the task however, pulling off a 25-23, 26-24, 19-25, 17-25, 15-13 win over the Cadets.
Northview coach Scott McDonald was impressed by Cascade and the talent that the squad possesses.
"They were perhaps the best team we have played so far," McDonald said. "They ran hitters at us from everywhere."
Brittaney Long had 14 kills to top the Knights and Brylie Riddell continued to excel despite being just a freshman.
"Brittaney and Brylie were both outstanding," McDonald said.
Riddell had 12 kills, eight blocks and seven digs for the Knights with Kaylee Clark contributing eight kills and 22 digs for Northview. Ashlen Buck added 19 digs.
Ashlen and Kaylee were incredible on defense," McDonald added.
On offense, Hannah Hayes had 23 assists, seven digs, three kills, five aces and two blocks and Ali Sharton had 19 assists with Alyssa Clarke ringing up eight kills.
"Ali and Hannah really spread the ball around,' McDonald said. "Alyssa did a great job in the middle with so many touches on blocks. The part I am most proud of with them is that we have learned how to be mentally tougher than our opponent in crunch time. That is something we have been trying to improve on."
Brailyn Whitson added four digs, Lizzie Emmert had six kills and five assists with Samantha Solomon blasting three kills.
In the JV match, Cascade won 25-14, 25-15.
Northview (8-3 overall) hosts Brown County and Sullivan on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Clay City downs North Central in five games
The Clay City Eels scored a five-set victory against conference foe North Central on Tuesday evening.
The Eels won a 17-25, 25-17, 25-17, 9-25, 15-9 match over the visiting Thunderbirds.
Kelly McCullough led the Eels with 14 points, 20 assists, five kills and six blocks as Lynsey Higgens added two points, four digs, 11 kills and seven blocks. Brielle Drelick had six kills and three blocks with Shelby Hane had three points with eight digs, six kills and four blocks for the Eels. LaKyla Cook had nine points, two aces and three digs with two kills with Callie Dayhuff had 10 points, seven digs, two aces and three kills and Olivia Schindler had four points and nine assists in the victory.
In the JV game, Clay City won 25-19, 25-21 as Shaya Stevenson had seven service points, three aces, five digs and 10 assists. Meeghan Riggs had six service points with seven kills for Clay City and Hallie Brewer had four points, two aces and three kills. Madison Jackson contributed two points and two assists and Asie Jeffers smacked two kills with a block and three aces.
The Eels improve to 6-2 overall.
At Clay City
Next match: Clay City is at Riverton Parke on Thursday.
Next game: Northview hosts Sullivan and Brown County on Saturday at 10 a.m.