By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
With a road trip to rival Terre Haute North looming on Thursday evening, overlooking Tuesday's opponent, Greencastle, might have been understood. However, the Northview volleyball team came out focused and aggressive, sending the Tiger Cubs home with a 25-10, 25-4, 25-11 defeat.
"We got those first game jitters out," coach Scott McDonald said of Monday's opening win over the Pioneers that was a bit ragged at times. "We had more challenging serves, to tougher spots and forced (Greencastle) to hit a lot of out of system balls."
Northview came out on a four-point run to start the first game as Elizabeth Emmert and Hannah Hayes sandwiched kills around a service ace from Kaylee Clark.
Leading 10-5 in the opening set, Ashlen Buck served up three straight aces and a pair of hitting errors by the Tiger Cubs and a kill by Emmert led to a commanding 15-6 lead by Northview. Greencastle did get an ace of their own from Kandice Phillips and a block from Erika Davis, but Emmert halted the brief run with a successful attack. With a 16-8 lead, Kailyn Beil rang up a kill to extend the lead and Brylie Riddell drilled one of her nine kills, added a block and Clark smacked another kill. Hayes then finished off a sterling opening game win with back-to-back aces that was a sign of things to come in game two.
Clark stepped behind the line to start the second game and opened with three perfectly placed aces that collared the Tiger Cubs. After a kill from Riddell, Clark adding another ace to get Northview out to a 6-0 lead.
Momentum wasn't going to change for Greencastle as Hayes scored two more aces and had seven in the match. Alexus Bex added a successful attack as the lead grew to 10-2. Emmert added two more aces, Riddell followed with two of her own and the Knights ran off 11 of the final 12 points in the game for the win.
Riding the strength of that whirlwind victory in game two, Northview was able to substitute liberally over the course of the final set.
Riddell had two early kills, Hayes added two more aces and Beil stepped in for two aces around another kill by Riddell. A couple of Northview errors got Greencastle within 12-7, but Shelbi Morris rang up a kill and later added her own ace after a block by Beil.
Everyone got into the act against Greencastle as Beil had two aces, an assist and a kill and Darcy Bass added a kill as well. Briana Cook tallied up 11 assists with five digs and Buck had 10 digs and three aces. Morris added three kills on the evening.
The junior varsity team also improved to 2-0 on the season with a 25-7, 25-10 victory paced by excellent serving and passing.
The Knights travel to Terre Haute North on Thursday for a 5:30 p.m. start.
Next match: Northview visits Terre Haute North at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.