Times Staff Reporter
Northview hosted the Mooresville Pioneers Thursday evening for their sectional match up. Mooresville was a familiar foe for Northview. The Knights defeated Mooresville in their first game of their season, 3-1. Northview would have the same success Thursday, coming away victorious in a thrilling 3-0 sweep, 25-13, 27-25, 25-19.
Sophomore Brylie Riddell started the game off well for the Knights, recording a block on the very first play. Northview would take that momentum and run with it, scoring the next four points. Riddell set the tone in the first set, recording three kills and an ace. The Knights kept the pressure on during the third set, eventually winning it, 25-13.
"Winning the first set really gave us a lot of confidence." Northview head coach Scott McDonald said. "That helped us go through and survive the mental mistakes."
The Knights would need that confidence in the second set. After going up 5-4 early, Northview gave up the lead to Mooresville to be down 6-5, but Kaylee Clark brought them back with a spectacular kill. "Kaylee was outstanding." McDonald said. "Her and Ashlen (Buck) on defense were amazing in the back row." Clark had a great night, recording 18 digs, two aces, six kills, and an assist.
For the remainder of the set, Northview stayed ahead, but Mooresville was able to keep hanging around. Each team had a chance to end the game, both Mooresville and Northview alternating points. However, it was the Knights who ended the set themselves, scoring the final two points to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the set.
As active as the players were Thursday night, the Northview student section was just as active. "The thing that I thought was the most impressive was the student section," McDonald said. "They were brutal. They were in every game. They were in every point. Our kids need that stuff to feed from."
The third set was just as exciting as the previous set. Clark had three kills in the set, providing a spark just when the Knights needed it most. They needed it very late in the set. With the score tied, 19-19, Clark came through for the team, getting another kill. However, Northview didn't just stop there. They kept the pressure on all the way to the end of the match, scoring five straight points to end the match and continue on to the next round.
"I thought they played pretty well," McDonald said. "You look at it, we've got two freshmen out there in Audrey Clark and Shelbi Morris. They played with confidence."
Northview plays against a resilient Plainfield team Saturday at 11a.m. Down two sets to none, Plainfield came all the way back to win the match in an exhilarating fashion. This will also be a revenge game for Northview. They lost to Plainfield just a short week ago.