By STEVEN PENN
Times Staff Reporter
The Northview volleyball team proved they were the better team against Cascade Wednesday night, winning 3-0.
Head coach Scott McDonald called his team's performance dominant.
"I thought we were pretty dominant from the beginning," McDonald said. "We served extremely well, (and) in all phases of the game tonight we were really strong. It was a good night for us."
In match one, Northview jumped out to a 3-0 lead -- which it never relinquished -- off a tip over the net from McKenzi Kumpf, a combination block at the net by Brylie Riddell and Morgan Stearley and an ace from Hannah Willocks.
Cascade battled to keep it close, managing to get the score as close as 3-2, but the Knights took over.
With Northview leading 12-7, the Knights were able to push the score to 15-7 off of the serving of Willocks and strong play at the net by Riddell.
The Knights eventually took game one 25-10, by finishing the set 10-3.
In game two it was more of the same, with Northview jumping out to a 4-0 lead before the Cadets got on the board.
However, Cascade was able to close the gap to 6-4, before Northview, once again, took over by scoring eight straight points.
Shelbi Morris got things started with a block at the net, to give her squad a 7-4 lead.
Cascade then hit the ball out of bounds after a volley, to give the Knights an 8-4 lead.
Morris was active again, scoring another point on a well-delivered spike.
Next, the combination of setting by Taylor Hess -- who had 10 assists on the night -- and the spiking abilities of Riddell -- who had a team high 16 kills and 7 blocks -- got the Knights two points in a row, to push the score to 11-4.
Northview continued its run until Cascade was able to stop the bleeding at 14-5.
The Knights ended game two on an 11-4 run to win by a score 25-9.
Northview proved it was consistent, jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the deciding game three.
The Knights were able to push the lead to 10-1, behind the serving of Kumpf and the dominant play at the net by Riddell, Morris and Stearley.
Freshman Madison McDonald also had a good night leading her team in assists with 17, while also adding two digs.
Northview eventually came away with the win 25-17, and the match shutout 3-0.
McDonald said he thought his team improved on some key points.
"Everybody contributed at some point and it was just a good team effort," McDonald said. "We covered tips well ... everything we had been working on, we did everything a lot better tonight. That's good going into tomorrow's conference game."
Clark (3 digs), Heck (3 digs, 1 ace), Willocks (5 digs, 2 aces), Hess (2 digs, 1 ace, 10 assists), McDonald (17 assists, 2 digs), Riddell (1 dig, 16 kills, 7 blocks), Morris (8 kills, 1 block), Kumpf (1 dig, 7 kills, 1 assist), Rowan (2 kills, 1 block), Stearley (3 kills, 1 block, 1 assist), Bex (1 kill, 1 assist), Halfhill (no stats), Potter (1 dig, 2 assists), Pollard (no stats).