JASPER -- The Northview volleyball team hit the road after claiming some big wins during the week. Playing at the Jasper Invitational, the Knights opened with a 25-22, 25-20 win against Evansville Central before dropping a 25-23, 29-27 decision to the host Wildcats. In the third match, Northview got off to a slow start against Sullivan before bouncing back to win a 19-25, 25-21, 25-17 win over the Golden Arrows.
Despite going 2-1 on the day, coach Scott McDonald wasn't overly pleased with his team's play.
"I was not happy with our play all day," McDonald said. "We never really got on track with our serve receive and that put us in poor offensive positioning. The intensity and energy that we have to play with to be successful was left back at school. We just looked to be a step slow and out of position, which may have resulted from the emotional wins that we had last week. This was the first time all season that we just did not play well."
Senior Brittaney Long led the team with 24 kills and added eight digs and two aces. Alyssa Clarke contributed 13 kills and a pair of blocks with freshman Brylie Riddell adding 12 kills, six digs, two aces and two blocks. Hannah Hayes had a stat stuffing kind of afternoon with 11 kills, 39 assists, six digs and six aces. Kaylee Clark had 28 digs, 15 kills and three aces. Samantha Solomon chipped in with seven kills and Lizzie Emmert added eight kills and three kills. Ali Sharton led the team with 41 assists, 11 digs and four aces.
Despite the lone loss, McDonald feels his team will bounce back quickly.
"Every team goes through a spell like that, but we will be fine come tourney time," McDonald said. "The good thing is that we get a chance to get back on track Thursday at South Vermillion and then Saturday at the Boonville tournament. We will come out with a better effort and result."
The Knights are now 16-4 overall and travel to the Wildcats on Thursday.