CRAWFORDSVILLE -- The Northview volleyball team competed in the North Montgomery Tournament on Saturday with a split of four matches.
The Knights started well in its opening match against Lincoln, winning the opening set before losing a pair of tight games in a 25-18, 25-27, 11-15 match.
"We got off to an excellent start with an 18-8 over Lincoln and then just kind of fizzled out the rest of the match," coach Scott Mc-Donald said. "(North Mont-gomery) kept fighting and we didn't respond. We are getting to the point where we have put people away when we have the opportunity."
The Knights bounced back in the second match with a dominating victory against Turkey Run, 25-14, 25-5. The Warriors were a bit overmatched as several players missed the tourney due to SAT exams.
Against North Montgomery, Northview matched up against a stout opponent and fell by a 25-17, 25-21 score.
"North Montgomery had what we think was the best player we had seen all year in Butler Bound Kelly Kyle," McDonald said. "She hit the ball extremely well and could place it, which made it even tougher for us. She is a club volleyball teammate of Ashlen (Buck) and I thought we played her pretty well. We got several touches on her swings and got four or five blocks as well. We were encouraged about the way we played them."
The final match of the tourney, Northview came up with a 25-17, 25-12 win against Beech Grove.
"The final match against Beech Grove we dominated from the first point on," McDonald said. "Ashlen was great again and Audrey (Clark) took some big swing at her as well and did a great job."
Buck posted a team-high 54 digs in the tourney and Clark added 16 digs in the four-game tourney. McDonald was also pleased with the play of Kaylee Clark, who had 25 digs and 20 kills.
"Kaylee led us on the day in kills, which is a good sign that we don't have to count on Brylie (Riddell) as our only option," McDonald said. "Brylie and Elizabeth (Emmert) both hit the ball well, and Briana (Cook) gave our hitters a lot of opportunities to get swings," McDonald added.
Emmert posted nine digs, 31 assists, 17 kills and four aces to go with 17 kills, six blocks and seven digs from Riddell. Cook also had a strong tourney with 10 digs, 37 assists, two kills and seven aces. Freshman Shelbi Morris had 14 kills, four digs and three blocks while Alexus Bex posted 13 digs, seven kills, five aces and a block. Darcy Bass added three digs and two kills with Kalyn Beil contributing two kills.
The Knights (19-12 overall) visit Plainfield on Thursday evening.
North Montgomery Tournament
Next match: Northview (19-12 overall) travels to Plainfield on Thursday.