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Knights claim county volleyball battle in "Play for the Cure"

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Northview and Clay City volleyball players join survivors of breast cancer on the court prior to Monday's game. [Order this photo]

Times Sports Editor

CLAY CITY -- The annual Clay City vs. Northview volleyball game was contested on Monday evening and while the Knights were winners in three games, the focus was on honoring the survivors and those who had fallen to breast cancer.

More than a $1,000 was donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation by A+ Printing and taken in by donations at the game.

In the match itself, the Knights used their overall size to control play at the net to gain a 25-16, 25-12, 25-12 victory.

Northview coach Scott McDonald was pleased with the victory, but pointed out that he was glad that both teams could be a part of raising money for a special cause.

"That's the most important thing is that the girls are doing something for the community and giving back. So that's the most important part," McDonald said. "We did start a little slow, but once we got our rhythm back and got into the flow of the game, I thought we played pretty well. Our blocking and our size was really the difference."

Northview's McKenzi Kumpf stretches for one of her nine kills in Monday's win by the Knights. [Order this photo]
Shelbi Morris provided the Knights an early boost in the first game with three early kills that put Northview in front 11-6. After McKenzi Kumpf added an attack and the Eels' Callie Dayhuff answered back with a tip at the net, the lead was 14-8 for Northview. Dayhuff served up an ace for Clay City, but the Eels struggled to gain significant traction in stringing together a run.

Chloe Kittle had one of her four kills for Clay City to get her squad within 17-13, but a kill by Morris preceded an ace by Taylor Hess and a block and a kill from Northview's Brylie Riddell to push the gap to 21-13. The Knights finished off the game one win as Morris and Kumpf each had four kills to go with three from Riddell.

Northview's blocking at the net kept Clay City on the defensive for most of the match and game two was a prime example.

After Riddell and Clay City's Halli Brewer split kills to open the game, Riddell and Morgan Stearley posted blocks for the Knights. Morris provided one of her 11 kills and Kumpf added two successful attacks for a 13-9 lead for Northview. Clay City would get within 14-10 after Dayhuff added one of her three kills, but the Knights took control with a 6-0 run to push the gap to 21-10.

McDonald noted that his team's game plan was to keep the ball away from two of the Eels' biggest weapons as much as possible.

"We tried to keep it away from (Halli Brewer) and tried not to serve to (Callie Dayhuff)," McDonald said. "That is the two things that we tried to feed off of (Monday). I thought overall, Clay City served really well. That is probably the best serving we've had against us all year."

Clay City's Chloe Kittle, Dayhuff and Brewer combined for 10 kills in the match, but the Knights got 16 from Riddell as well as a combined 20 from Morris and Kumpf. Madison McDonald passed out 16 assists for the Knights with Hess adding 17.

Clay City's Chloe Kittle hits over a block by the Knights' Morgan Stearley (No. 14) and Brylie Riddell (No. 9). [Order this photo]
In the final set, Northview led 4-2 following a kill from Clay City's Chloe Kittle, but stretched that margin to 9-2 on a block and a kill from Riddell along with an ace by Kumpf. Claire Miller served up an ace for the Eels, one of five aces on the night for the team, and Brewer posted a block to get Clay City within 17-8. However, the Knights wouldn't allow the Eels to get any closer as Stearley added one of her four blocks and Kumpf added an ace to put the game out of reach.

For the most part we were just able to out hit them. Overall, a good night for a good cause," McDonald said. "We're just glad to get out of here with a win."

For the Eels, Emmie Kittle had nine assists and five digs with Miller also recording five digs. Dayhuff had 10 digs for Clay City with Chloe Kittle adding four kills and eight digs. The Knights got four digs from both Audrey Clark and Ashley Heck as Hannah Willocks added three. Alexus Bex had two assists and both Stearley and Mikayla Rowan had four blocks.

In the junior varsity match, Clay City led early in game one before the Knights rallied to pick up a 25-19, 25-15 victory.

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