The Northview junior varsity volleyball team is prepared to wrap up its season following a very successful slate this year that shows that the program as a whole is a deep and talented one.
The Knights head into this evening's match against Plainfield at home with a 16-5 overall mark, which is exactly where the team was last season. Despite the outstanding record, coach Greg Mogan, feels that the team narrowly missed an even more impressive season mark.
"Three of their five losses were three-set losses. The Terre Haute and Mooresville games both slipped through our fingers after we had good leads in game two," Mogan said. "At the Brown County game we were the victim of our own selves with 10 service errors in the two games we lost so we could very well have had a 20-win season. This year's team has shown a lot of improvement, and at times, has played about as well as some smaller varsity teams. At other times the young Knights have shown their youth and inexperience."
Northview's junior varsity team is one of the youngest with six freshmen or sophomores on the roster, which occasionally grew to include six first-year high school players. However, that didn't detract from the team's success according to Mogan.
"Courtney Plummer has gotten much better as our only player over 5'7 and has done very well defending the middle. Carrie Duregger has played very well this year as an undersized middle and she proved her hitting and is as good as anyone her size at the net on defense," Mogan said. "Lindsey Potter saw duty as a setter and back row player this year as well as serving as team captain. Courtney Maccarone played well as the other setter and has had a super attitude as a team player."
One of the most valuable characteristics of the team is the versatility of the players according to Mogan.
"Sophomore Emily Pollard played all the way around even though she is only 5'4. Emily has really stepped up her back row play this year and became a good passer," Mogan said. "Freshman Whitney Halfhill is a strong outside hitter and a very good passer as well. Whitney actually hits better from the right side, but the JV doesn't use a right side hitter. Maddie Nevins has been a very accurate back row passer for a freshman and has learned a lot this year about the quicker pace of high school volley ball."
Mogan was also impressed with the athleticism of another one of the freshmen on the team in Gracie Geswein.
"The best jumper and quickest player on the floor every night has been Gracie Geswein," Mogan said. "Her foot speed has allowed her to track down several balls well off the court enabling the Knights to stay in plays that ordinarily would have been written off in other years."
Lainey Latham and Deaven McCrocklin were also additions to the junior varsity team while playing fulltime on the freshman squad this year and performed admirably when called upon.
"Overall this has been a very good group of girls to work with," Mogan said. "For a team of this size to have won this many games shows the heart and desire at which they have approached the season. Some of these girls may be ready to step up next year to the next level and hopefully help the varsity continue the winning tradition at Northview."
The JV team wraps up its season along with the freshmen and varsity squads at home against Plainfield beginning at 5:30 p.m.