SULLIVAN -- The Northview volleyball team's rollercoaster season continued on Saturday afternoon with a split of conference matches at Sullivan.
The Knights' inconsistency cost it an opening game against the host Arrows as Northview lost a 26-28, 25-17, 23-25, 16-25 match to Sullivan. The loss was obviously frustrating to coach Scott McDonald.
"In the Sullivan match, we just gave a terrible effort. I am not really certain how to explain the lack of hustle, intensity, and energy that we have to play with," McDonald said. "There were points in the match that it looked liked we were playing really well, then points where we looked like a bunch of freshmen just learning to play the game."
On the positive side was a 28-dig effort from Ashlen Buck and 15 kills from Brylie Riddell with Kaylee Clark posting 18 digs, 10 kills and a pair of blocks. Elizabeth Emmert added 23 assists, seven kills and six digs.
"Ashlen was outstanding again, Brylie and Kaylee had good kill numbers and Elizabeth filled the stat sheet," McDonald added. "The problem that we are having right now is complete inconsistency in our play and a lack of killer instinct."
Other stat leaders from the opening match included 16 assists and six digs from Briana Cook, six kills from Kalyn Beil and Shelbi Morris with five kills, four digs and two blocks. Audrey Clark added eight digs and Alexus Bex contributed four digs and a kill.
In the second match, Northview rebounded with a win over Brown County, 25-23, 25-19, 25-15.
"In the Brown County match, it was the polar opposite of the Sullivan match.," McDonald said. "We were scrappy, played with a lot of intensity, energy and heart."
Riddell had 12 kills to top the team with Morris adding six kills, three blocks and three digs. Emmert had seven kills, 12 assists and nine digs. Cook passed out 17 assists with three kills and Buck added 15 digs.
"We just have to perform every night with a mindset that we have to be near perfect to win," McDonald said. "We have to understand what it takes for us to be successful. We have to quit having such dramatic swings in our play, otherwise, we will not be able to defend our 4A sectional crown."
Kaylee Clark had nine digs, six kills and three aces with both Bex and Darcy Bass adding a kill and Audrey Clark posted five digs.
McDonald mentioned that the team will work on being more consistent as the team reaches the mid-point of the season.
"As a coach, that is my fault and in practice this week we will put our focus in those areas," McDonald said of working on consistency. "After the success that we had last season, at times we are in matches where we think that we can flip the switch and go out and win. We do not have the type of team to do that."
The Knights have another conference match this evening on the road against West Vigo.