BOONVILLE -- The Northview volleyball team is in the stretch run of the 2010 season and got an opportunity to face some tough competition at the Boonville Pioneer Invite on Saturday.
The Knights came a way with a split of four matches, beating Mt. Carmel of Illinois, 25-19, 25-15 and Corydon Central, 21-25, 25-20. Northview dropped a match to Evansville Mater Dei, 15-25, 21-25 and to Barr-Reeve, 22-25, 14-25.
"This is a great tournament for us playing a lot of really good competition," coach Scott McDonald said. "The first match we were sluggish coming off the bus, but did what we did what we had to do to win.
The Mater Dei match we just were not strong in serve-receive and put ourselves in poor positions to get swings. The Barr-Reeve match we played really well," McDonald added.
While McDonald wasn't happy that his team didn't get more wins in the tourney, he did see some more positives from the team's play in what was a long day of competition.
"The part that we liked was that our girls, especially Elizabeth (Emmert) and Shelbi (Morris) showed some real fire in their play, which the other girls fed off of," McDonald said. "Even after the match, we still were still showing the fire to compete and fight for everything we wanted. The Corydon Central match we were able to show where our conditioning was at. We had a nearly 2 1/2 hour wait between the third and fourth match and started slow. Then we really turned it on and played well to finish off the day."
The Knights were paced by a 30-kill effort from Brylie Riddell, who also had eight digs, five aces and three blocks. Kaylee Clark contributed another 27 kills for the Knights to go with 32 digs and Morris drilled 17 kills with five blocks and two digs. Alexus Bex continued her strong play with 14 kills and 25 digs. Ashlen Buck posted 67 digs and Elizabeth Emmert added 21 digs, 51 assists, seven aces, 11 kills and a block.
"Ashlen got to nearly every swing that we had hit at her," McDonald said. "We were very pleased with how Elizabeth and Briana (Cook) did when we got them good passes. Kaylee and Brylie put up good stats against bigger teams all day. Alexus continued her quickly improving play and did a really good job."
Cook had 25 digs and 44 assists for Northview with Audrey Clark adding 18 digs.
"Audrey also took several bombs after sending them to a target allowing us to get a swing," McDonald said. "Our blockers did a great job as well getting a lot of touches, Shelbi had five blocks and numerous touches at the net."
Darcy Bass added a block and Kalyn Beil provided four kills.
"Darcy and Kalyn platooned the right side for us and did a good job as well. We really like the direction we are going heading into tournament play," McDonald said. "If we can continue to show the fighting attitude we were showing Saturday, we can compete."
Northview is back in action on Wednesday, hosting Owen Valley at 6 p.m.
Boonville Pioneer Invitational
|Mt. Carmel (Ill.)||19||15|
|Ev. Mater Dei||25||25|