Times Sports Editor
The Northview volleyball team checked off another conference win on Monday night, using a dominant service game and taking advantage of West Vigo errors to claim a 25-2, 25-14, 25-19 WIC win that pushes the Knights' mark to 4-0 and 12-3 overall.
The Knights might have overlooked the match against the Vikings following a five-game battle with Sullivan over the weekend, but coach Scott McDonald was pleased with the Knights' focus.
"After an emotional win on Saturday, the girls came out and were really sharp from the very first point. (West Vigo) wasn't really ever in the game and we kind of dominated from the start," McDonald said. "We served the ball very well and got them out of system so their hitters weren't a factor."
Freshman Brylie Riddell got Northview rocking from the start with a stuff block and a kill to give the Knights the early lead and Brittaney Long smashed back-to-back kills for a 5-0 lead in the first game. A pair of Viking hitting mistakes and a service ace quickly put Northview up 9-0.
Jessica Coombs blocked an attack by the Knights to get West Vigo within 9-2, but another kill by Riddell, one of 11 in the game, started another run. Kaylee Clark was at the service line for the opening eight-point salvo, but it was Ali Sharton who stole the show when it was her turn to serve.
"After that game on Saturday, I thought maybe we might be a little tired, but we did enough to win. We kind of saved our legs a little bit not having to jump as much," McDonald said.
In the second game, Sharton was at it again, adding two more of her game-high 10 aces as the Knights jumped out 9-1.
Alyssa Clarke had a kill and Long added another as the lead grew to 12-3 as the Knights substituted liberally.
The Vikings scrapped back to within 19-11, but kills from Long, Riddell and Clark made the lead double-digits again and Samantha Solomon hammered home the final point of a 25-14 win in game two.
Clarke opened the final game with the third of her four kills and Kaylee Clark served up an ace as the Knights grabbed a 7-4 advantage. Solomon and Clarke had kills, but Coombs answered for the Vikings as Northview led tentatively, 12-8.
However, as it had all night, the Knights serve game was too much for the Vikings to handle consistently.
Long served back-to-back aces for a 15-8 lead and Hannah Hayes added another before a successful attack by Clarke and Northview's lead grew to 18-9. The Vikings ran off several points in a row as the Knights committed a couple of hitting errors. Leading 20-15, Riddell blasted home a couple of kills and then tipped home the final point in a 25-19 capper.
Ashlen Buck had 12 digs for the Knights and Hayes combined with Sharton for 22 assists and Maxine West had three digs.
Afterwards, McDonald was happy with the victory, but noted that his team was still working to get better.
"We've still got to work on our defense and staying on our lines. Everything else is starting to come together," McDonald said. "We've installed some different offense to get ready for the tournament and it's getting a little crisper each time and things are looking in the direction that we are wanting them to be."
In the JV game, Northview won in two games as Briana Cook had 20 straight service points in one game. The freshmen team picked up a 25-8, 25-10 win on Monday following a split of Saturday's contests where they beat the Vikings 25-11, 25-6 and fell to Terre Haute North, 21-25, 17-25.
The Knights are off until Saturday when they host Crawfordsville at 10 a.m.
Next match: Northview (12-3 overall, 4-0 WIC) hosts Crawfordsville