Times Staff Report
AVON -- Northview came away with some mixed results in a trip to the Avon Volleyball Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The Knights split four matches with wins against Richmond and Indianapolis North Central and losses to Perry Meridian and Terre Haute South.
"In the Perry Meridian game we struggled in serve receive which hurt us in getting our offense going. They are one of the top teams in the state and we were right there with them," Northview coach Scott McDonald said. "In the Richmond game we were dominant from the first point to the end of the match. Our serve receive was much better and the results are more what we wanted.
Northview opened tournament play with a 25-22, 25-19 loss to the Falcons of Perry Meridian before dominating against Richmond, 25-12, 25-15.
The Knights won its second straight with a 25-20, 25-14 win over North Central, but lost to Terre Haute South in a three-game match, 25-16, 21-25, 14-16.
"In the Indy North Central game we started slow and then played much better the rest of the match. The Terre Haute South game was a real disappointment. We handled them pretty easy the first set, and then really struggled with tip coverage," McDonald said. "This loss was completely my fault as I made adjustments to what they were doing, but not enough. We will be working on our tip coverage and serve receive this week to get ready for Linton and another tough tournament this coming weekend."
Brylie Riddell had 28 kills, eight blocks, five digs and two aces and Shelbi Morris added 25 kills, two aces and two blocks. Mikayla Rowan had eight kills and six blocks with Morgan Stearley added eight kills, three blocks and three assists. McKenzi Kumpf posted 21 kills, four aces and two blocks for the Knights. Audrey Clark had 16 digs, Ashley Heck had nine digs, Taylor Hess added 10 digs, 37 assists, six aces and two kills. Madison McDonald had 39 assists, five digs and three aces. Northview's Hannah Willocks had four digs, Alexus Bex had six aces and three kills and Morgan Stearley registered eight kills, three blocks and three assists.
"Overall, we were just a roller coaster in our level of play," McDonald said. "We just have to learn how to be more consistent with what we are trying to do offensively and in serve receive."
The Knights (7-2 overall) host Linton on Thursday evening at 6 p.m.
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