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Knights fall in sectional tune-up

Friday, October 15, 2010

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Briana Cook
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PLAINFIELD -- As the postseason approaches for the Northview volleyball team, the Knights confronted a talented Plainfield squad on the road Thursday night and came away with a 25-21, 25-18, 25-14 defeat to the Quakers.

"Playing a potential second round (sectional) opponent was a challenge for us to not show a lot of our offense and defensive sets," coach Scott McDonald said.

The Knights will take on Mooresville in the first round of the sectional that Northview will play host to next Thursday night. However, the Quakers might be looming in the second round if the Quakers can get past Martinsville and the Knights down the Pioneers.

Though the Knights lost in three games, McDonald saw some positives as Ashlen Buck recorded 25 digs and Kaylee Clark had 13 digs, eight kills and three aces.

"Ashlen was outstanding on defense and she was served very little," McDonald said of his junior libero. "Kaylee was serving extremely well tonight and that gave us a lot to look at in terms of what they can and can't do."

Briana Cook posted four digs, 11 assists and an ace while Elizabeth Emmert recorded five digs, 12 assists, three kills and an ace. Brylie Riddell had five kills and two blocks for the Knights and freshman Shelbi Morris had six kills. Samantha Montague had a kill, Alexus Bex had one and Darcy Bass added three digs and a kill. Audrey Clark contributed five digs.

"We were happy with our serve receive tonight, our problem was too many hitting errors and they tipped us to death," McDonald said. "We spent a lot of time in practice the last couple of days with tip coverage, but evidently we need more."

The Knights (19-13 overall) host Danville on Monday for its final tune-up before sectional play on Thursday.