The Northview volleyball team has been on a long layoff, but came out of the break with a conference victory on Thursday over South Vermillion, 25-22, 25-7, 25-18.
Coach Scott McDonald was well aware of the potential for a flat performance after the week-plus break.
"We finally got to play after a nine-day layoff," McDonald said. "We came out a little flat after preaching all week about playing with energy. Game two, we really started getting the idea down."
After a bit of a lackluster opening game, the Knights hit their rhythm starting with game two and dominated the visiting Wildcats on the way to a victory. The win also had a bit of a special meaning for McDonald as well as the coach picked up his 100th career win.
"The night was very special as it was the 100th win of our program," McDonald said. "The fans held up 100th win signs, as well as 100 cookies and several other gifts from the girls that all equaled 100."
The Knights got a 20-assist game from Elizabeth Emmert to go with three aces, a block and two kills and Briana Cook produced another 16 assists with four aces and a dig.
"Elizabeth and Briana really gave our hitters good sets to hit and we terminated the ball really well," McDonald said. "Brylie (Riddell) and Shelbi (Morris) both hit the ball very well. Alexus Bex had her best game of the year and is starting to swing with confidence."
Riddell rang up 14 kills for the Knights and Morris had 13 kills in the victory. Bex posted five kills, an ace and a dig with Ashlen Buck adding seven digs and five aces. Kaylee Clark had seven digs and four kills and Darcy Bass added an assist and a kill.
Next match: Northview travels to the Boonville Pioneer Invitational on Saturday.