Times Staff Reporter
The Northview volleyball team upped its record to an impressive 12-3 with a clean sweep victory over Crawfordsville Saturday morning.
The Knights held the lead throughout the majority of game one, but found themselves in a dogfight after struggling to pull away. The Athenians, who trailed by a 20-15 tally, came roaring back with an 8-1 run and eventually took a 22-21 lead after back-to-back Northview miscommunications on kill attempts.
The Knights composed themselves, however, and Brylie Riddell finally put the game to rest, as her game-sealing kill gave Northview a 25-23 victory and a 1-0 series lead.
Game two was back-and-forth early, as the teams traded points until finding themselves tied at nine. Kaylee Clark kick-started a Northview rally with a fearsome serve, as her back-to-back aces gave the Knights the momentum, and eventually a 22-12 lead. Once again Northview was unable to emphatically seal the deal, as the Athenians cut the ten-point lead to four, before Northview eventually pushed their lead to 2-0 with a 25-20 win. Coach Scott McDonald was happy to win but seemed unmoved by his team's performance.
"I don't think we played very well today," McDonald said. "Our passing was good, but for the most part we were pretty sloppy. We won because I think we are just better than they are."
Game three was the polar opposite of the opening contests, as the Knights fell into a 7-1 hole early, before blasting their way out of it. Ali Sharton started the rally with a piercing serve. Brittaney Long then tied the contest with a kill, and Riddell gave Northview the lead with another.
All told, the Northview run was 8-0. Crawfordsville would tie the game at nine, but Northview eventually proved to have too much firepower, as they finished the day with a 25-18 win.
Things get tough for the Knights this week, with games against Clay City, Terre Haute South and an invite in the Jasper Tournament. Though McDonald wasn't blown away with his team's performance Saturday, he praised the girls' talent level and said if they cut back on the fundamental errors, they would be able to handle going against upper tier local talent.
"There's nothing we really need to work on," McDonald said. "We just need to be more consistent and fundamental. If we do that, we're a pretty good team."
The Northview JV team also had a clean sweep win Saturday, taking down the Athenian junior varsity by scores of 25-18 and 25-17.
Northview 3, Crawfordsville 0
Next match: Northview hosts Clay City tonight at 6 p.m.