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Knights claim North Montgomery Tourney

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Northview volleyball team captured the North Montgomery Tourney title on Saturday. Pictured are (back from left) Coach Scott McDonald, McKenzi Kumpf, Makayla Rowan, Hannah Willocks, Brylie Riddell, Shelbi Morris, Morgan Stearley and Taylor Hess. (Front from left) Alexus Bex, Ashley Heck, Audrey Clark and Madison McDonald.
Times Staff Report

CRAWFORDSVILLE -- The Northview volleyball team was able to defend its title at the North Montgomery Tourney on Saturday with wins over Danville, Fishers, Beech Grove and Chesterton.

The Knights started slow in its opening match against Danville, but were able to record a 25-22, 25-19 victory over the Warriors.

"The Danville match was about as flat as we have ever seen out team," coach Scott McDonald said. "It was a perfect example of playing down to our competition that we have done very well all year of not doing."

Despite that slow start, the Knights rebounded to play well in knocking off Fishers in a 25-13, 25-11 decision that pleased McDonald.

"The Fishers match was immediately after the Danville match and it was like we put a completely different team on the court," McDonald said. "We took it right at Fishers and never took our foot off the gas."

Northview got strong play at the net all afternoon as Brylie Riddell posted 41 kills, nine blocks, 10 digs and three aces while McKenzi Kumpf added 37 kills, six digs, seven aces and a block. Shelbi Morris contributed 37 kills, seven aces, six digs and a block with Makayla Rowan leading the team with 13 blocks to go with seven kills.

"We were a roller coaster all day. We were poor at times, and then other times we were able to play at the level, we and our fans are accustomed. Brylie, Kenzi, and Shelbi were strong all day attacking at every opportunity," McDonald said. "Brylie and Makayla were unbelievable in blocking with a combined 22 blocks on the day. That really allows our defense to not sit back and just dig bomb after bomb."

Northview advanced to the championship match by knocking off Beech Grove, 25-22, 25-19.

In the finals, Northview played a sizable Chesterton squad and came away with a 26-28, 25-19, 15-12 victory for the title.

"The Chesterton match was exactly what we wanted in terms of getting ready for the tournament. They are a very close match to Martinsville who is the favorite in our sectional," McDonald said. "They (Chesterton) are very big, hit extremely well, block very well, and provided us a tremendous challenge. We lost a tough first set, and then ended up winning the second set, and the third set, the girls really displayed a lot of mental toughness to win the tournament."

Defensively, Audrey Clark posted 24 digs, Ashley Heck had 14 digs and two aces, Hannah Willocks had nine digs and Alexus Bex contributed two digs, seven kills, a block and two assists. Taylor Hess had nine digs, 41 assists, two kills and three aces while Madison McDonald had 63 assists, 15 digs, three kills and four aces. Morgan Stearley added 17 kills and 12 assists.

The Knights were 25-5 heading into Monday's match at home against Danville.