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Knights record 3-1 mark at Boonville

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Northview's Brylie Riddell recorded 40 combined kills in the four matches at Boonville. [Order this photo]
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BOONVILLE -- Northview narrowly missed a volleyball tournament title while compiling a 3-1 mark in the Boonville Tournament on Saturday.

The lone loss of the day for the Knights was a 25-22, 22-25, 25-27 loss to Class A No. 1 ranked Barr-Reeve in the third match of the afternoon. However, the Knights picked up a win over Illinois' Mt. Carmel, Evansville Mater Dei and wrapped up the day with a victory over Corydon Central.

Northview got a combined 50 assists from Taylor Hess and 47 from Madison McDonald in setting up the offense. The pair also had 14 digs apiece.

The Knights opened up the tourney with a dominant 25-10, 25-13 victory over Mt. Carmel to get the day started on the right foot.

"Against Mt. Carmel, we were just too much for them offensively and defensively," Northview coach Scott McDonald said. "We were able to elevate over their block and just swing away."

Offensively, senior Brylie Riddell posted 40 kills in the four matches to go with 24 digs, five blocks, eight aces and five assists. McKenzi Kumpf was close behind with 39 kills along with eight digs, two aces and two blocks for the Knights.

In the second contest, the Knights recorded a 25-14, 26-24 victory against Evansville Mater Dei.

"Against Evansville Mater Dei, the first set we played very well and really put pressure on their defense with our hitting," McDonald said. "Our serve receive was really strong and gave up multiple options to hit. The second set, our serve receive let down and we had to really scramble to get back into the match and were able to pull it out."

The third match saw the Knights take the opening set against Barr-Reeve before the Vikings rallied to win a hard fought battle.

"Against Barr-Reeve, we played at a very high level with tremendous energy and confidence," McDonald noted. "We had a few things go against us that were out of our control and had the match in our grasp, but it didn't work out the way we wanted."

In the final match of the afternoon, the Knights came back to claim a 25-16, 1-25, 25-20 victory against Corydon Central.

"Against Corydon Central, it was a real challenge to try and bounce back after an emotional loss to Barr-Reeve and the way it happened," McDonald said. "The girls had to pull together and really grind out the match. We had some ups and downs in the match, but got the win."

McDonald was impressed with how his defense played on the day as Audrey Clark posted 34 digs, Ashley Heck added 15 digs and Hannah Willocks contributed 19.

"Overall, Brylie was phenomenal all day in every phase. Audrey, Ashley, and Hannah were very scrappy all day getting to a lot of swings to keep us in the play," McDonald said. "Kenzi and Shelbi took a ton of swings and did a great job against some big blocks."

Mikayla Rowan provided six kills, eight blocks and an assist with Morgan Stearley adding nine kills and four assists and Alexus Bex added five assists and three kills.

"Mikayla provided us some great blocking in some really tough situations. Morgan and Alexus also did well in times where we were out of system and took good swings when we needed them," McDonald said. "Taylor and Madison combining for 97 assists on the day really shows how effective they are becoming as setters. Considering everything that we had to deal with, we had a good day."

The Knights improve to 20-5 overall and take on Owen Valley at home Wednesday with a chance to wrap up an unbeaten conference title.

Boonville Invitational

Mt. Carmel, Ill.1013
Ev. Mater Dei1424
Corydon Central162520