TERRE HAUTE -- Northview faced its second potential sectional foe of the season Thursday night and came away with its second win in as many tries as the Knights topped Terre Haute North on the road, 25-14, 25-19, 25-16.
Northview took the lead early in game one and never looked back after a 7-2 helped extend its advantage to 19-10. The opening game win spilled over into game two as Northview jumped on the Patriots for a 9-2 lead.
However, the Patriots bounced back themselves to gain an 11-10 advantage. From there the game was tight until freshman Madison McDonald had a kill and a block for the Knights. A service ace from senior Brylie Riddell and a kill by sophomore Mikayla Rowan gave the Knights the push they needed to capture game two.
"We were very happy with the win and how we played," Northview coach Scott McDonald said. "We thought our blocking was outstanding with 11 blocks as a team."
Blocks were a big stat for Northview, which got five from Rowan and three from Riddell as well as one apiece from McKenzi Kumpf, Shelbi Morris and McDonald.
Game three also saw several runs as North took an early 7-1 advantage before Northview rallied back for an 11-10 lead. A 7-0 run by the Knights took away any thoughts the Patriots had of making a rally as Northview earned its third win to start the season.
"Terre Haute North is a very good team with high expectations, and to get a win at their place is huge," McDonald said. "Brylie, Shelbi, and Kenzi were huge hitting for us all night."
Morris led the team with 12 kills with Kumpf adding 11 followed by three from McDonald, two from Rowan and one each by Morgan Stearley and Taylor Hess.
McDonald also produced 17 assists and three digs while Hess had 12 assists in the victory. Stearley had three assists for the Knights.
"Taylor and Madison really set very well moving the ball to all of our hitters," McDonald said of his setters. "We also did an outstanding job of hitting zones with our serving to force them to play offense into the strength of our defense."
Defensively, the Knights got a team-high five digs from Audrey Clark with Hannah Willocks producing four to go with two service aces. Ashley Heck had two digs along with Riddell, who also had eight kills, an ace and an assist.
In the junior varsity contest, the Patriots came out on top by a 25-22, 25-17 score.
At T.H. North
Next match: Northview (3-0 overall) travels to Rockville on Monday at 6 p.m.