Times Sports Editor
Opening their 2012 volleyball season against a veteran and talented Northview squad proved a bit too much for Greencastle on Tuesday evening.
Returning most of the weapons from a 31-win season last year, the Knights overpowered the Tiger Cubs from the beginning in claiming a 25-3, 25-10, 25-13 victory.
Greencastle coach Liz Spencer admitted that it was a tough match-up for her Tiger Cub squad to start the year.
"We've got a lot of youth with not much varsity experience," Spencer said. "I thought Rayleigh Amis and Ellen (Gorbert) played well defensively. (Northview) is a very athletic team and they play a lot of ball. They are a veteran team and they took it to us."
Greencastle had trouble handling Northview's powerful front line as junior outside hitter Shelbi Morris pounded out seven of her 14 kills in the opening game. The Tiger Cubs managed just three points in the first set.
"They didn't have an answer for (Shelbi Morris). Athletically, (Morris), Brylie (Riddell), McKenzi (Kumpf), Morgan (Stearley), Alexus (Bex), all five of our hitters are very athletic. Shelbi was just able to elevate over their blockers all night," Northview coach Scott McDonald said.
Northview wasn't challenged much over the course of the match and was able to jump out to a 15-3 lead in game two. Taylor Hess rang up two of her four aces in a 10-point run that essentially put the game away. Stearley, Rowan, Bex, Morris and Riddell all had kills in the game.
Game three saw Greencastle open up with a 5-1 lead as the Knights moved some players into different spots on the floor. Hess was able to gain a couple of kills and a block out of her normal setter position. She also led the way with 10 assists as Madison McDonald passed out 10.
Hess also was serving as Northview ran off a kill from Kumpf and two from Hannah Willocks to go with two aces to take a 13-6 lead. From there, the Knights continued to extend their advantage as Morris and Riddell added kills and Rowan had one of her three blocks to help close out the victory.
Kumpf had seven kills with Riddell adding four. Audrey Clark had two assists and Bex also had two. Ashley Heck had four digs for the Knights.
The Knights' junior varsity improved to 2-0 as well with a straight set, 25-9, 25-12 victory.
Northview (2-0 overall) travels to Terre Haute North on Thursday at 6 p.m. Greencastle (0-1 overall) hosts Crawfordsville on Thursday evening.
JV -- Northview wins 25-9, 25-12.