BOONVILLE -- The Northview volleyball made short work of the competition on the road at the Boonville Tourney on Saturday afternoon. The Knights took on four opponents and defeated them all in picking up the championship.
The Knights opened the day against Evansville Mater Dei and came away with a 25-19, 25-17 victory and followed that up by downing the host Pioneers by a 25-22, 25-11 score. In match number three, the Knights defeated Mt. Carmel, Ill. In two games, 25-21, 25-10 and wrapped up play with a 25-9, 25-18 victory against Corydon Central.
We played pretty well all day," coach Scott McDonald said. "In the Mt. Carmel game, we were sloppy in the first set, but then played much better."
Perhaps the most impressive statistic of the day for the Knights was the team's play at the net on defense, as Brylie Riddell posted 12 blocks, Mikayla Rowan had seven and Shelbi Morris had four. Riddell also had a team-high 37 combined kills in the four matches with Morris and McKenzi Kumpf adding 26 apiece.
"Brylie had a great day swinging, as did Shelbi and Kenzi," McDonald said. "Our blocking was amazing with 25 on the day. That blocking limited the digs that Ashlen (Buck) and Audrey (Clark) were able to get, but when our block didn't happen, they were right there all day digging to target. We were very happy to come home 4-0."
Buck posted 25 digs and six aces in the tourney as Clark added eight digs and four aces. Northview got 40 assists from Briana Cook and another 35 from Taylor Hess. Hess also had six digs and two aces with a block and Cook had two digs and two aces. Alexus Bex contributed four assists and a block, Hannah Willocks added a kill and four assists and Riddell had a team-high nine service aces followed by eight from Kumpf.
The Knights (22-3 overall) return to action on the road at Owen Valley on Wednesday night as Northview seeks an outright Western Indiana Conference championship.
|Ev. Mater Dei||19||17|
|Mt. Carmel (Ill.)||21||10|
Next match: Northview (22-3 overall, 5-0 WIC) travels to Owen Valley on Wednesday.