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Junior varsity volleyball team improves to 14-2

Friday, October 1, 2010

Samantha Montague
Times Staff Report

The junior varsity Knights have continued to impress and improved to 14-2 this season with a 25-12, 25-9 victory over the Wildcats.

Perhaps most interesting about the JV Knights is the team work that has allowed for such success despite having just one player over 5'6.

Coach Greg Mogan pointed to his team's work in practice as being pivotal in their outstanding record.

"We spend 65-percent or more of our time on passing and service drills because I believe that is what we must do to win due to our lack of size," Mogan commented. "Our strength has been in our back row play and if we can keep the ball alive we have some individuals who can give us a good swing."

Indeed that defensive play provided several backbreaking plays when the Knights hosted South Vermillion on Thursday evening.

"There were three plays in the first game that just had to destroy the other team's moral," Mogan said. "All three were balls hit completely off the court chased down in the bleachers or back wall and sent back over. We won all three points and that broke a 9-9 tie and led to a 25- 12 win.

"I could not have asked for more hustle and effort from all of them," Mogan added.

The junior varsity team is made up with several players with prior JV experience, however, the Knights' middle was the team's manager last season, who had never played before this season. There are also five girls from last season's freshman team as well as two girls who are currently freshmen. Adding those players up and the JV team is hitting the court with eight new players, which speaks volumes about how well the team has gelled.

"I am proud of them all and Northview should be too. The setters are Lindsey Potter, Courtney Macarrone, and they continued to improve," Mogan said. "The two middles are Carrie Duregger and Courtney Plummer, who are getting more efficient at offering net defense.

"Sam Montague is very efficient at hitting and Emily Pollard is improving at that position too," Mogan continued. "The heart of this team is the back row play of Emily Nicoson and Abby Hayes. They get help from Haley Leach, Nicole Linton and Taylor Dickison."

The next match-up is a big one as the JV Knights open play on Oct. 6 against Owen Valley, one of the two teams, who previously defeated Northview. However, this contest will go down in the conference log as Northview has a chance to improve to a perfect 6-0 in the WIC beginning at 6 p.m.