Knights volleyball continues impressive start

NORTH ROBINSON — The Northmor Lady Golden Knights continued on their unbeaten path on Monday evening after a road trip to Colonel Crawford High School resulted in a three-set victory; 25-17, 25-20 and 25-21.

With the victory, Northmor is now 9-0 on the season and remains 4-0 in Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference play. Colonel Crawford drops to 4-6 with the loss and are an even .500 in the Northern-10 Athletic Conference at 3-3.

The first set of the evening was the definition of a back and forth contest with six ties and the lead changing place a total of four times. It would be the Knights coming out on top in the end after the set ended on a Danielle Horsley spike attempt that sailed out of bounds for the Lady Eagles.

Northmor regrouped and made sure that the second set was a different story. Colonel Crawford held just one lead the entire second frame and that was 1-0 after the Knights’ first serve. Anna Donner brought the second set to a conclusion for the visiting Golden Knights with a big kill for the win.

Serving was once again a key element to Northmor’s success.

Hanna Bentley served the ball at a 16/16 clip and recorded three aces on the night. Donner was also perfect at the service line, going 17/17 and netting one ace. Jordyn Zoll, Caitlin Thebeault and Cristianna Boggs also ended the contest racking up an ace apiece.

Donner was also busy at the net on both sides of the ball for Northmor. Offensively, Donner went 39/42 hitting with 16 kills. On the defensive side of the ball, Donner finished with 10 digs, four solo blocks and three block assists.

Other defensive stats for the Knights were: Aly Blunk- 12 digs; Boggs- 6 digs; Zoll- 5 digs; Thebeault- 5 digs; Leslie Brubaker- 4 solo blocks, 9 block assists.

The Golden Knights continued their season-long trend of attacking the ball at the net from many different players.

Thebeault was the primary ball handler for Northmor, finishing at 38/38 with 16 assists. Zoll also racked up 10 assists for the visiting squad. In addition to Donner’s 16 kills on the night, Brubaker added five kills, Zoll and Thebeault chipped in three apiece and Kelsie Fike recorded two kills.

Up next for the undefeated Knights will be a trip to Mount Gilead to meet up with the Lady Indians on Tuesday in KMAC play. On Thursday, September 14, Northmor will be back on their home floor to host another KMAC foe, the Centerburg Lady Trojans.

Colonel Crawford will host the Buckeye Central Buckettes on Thursday, September 14 in an N-10 match-up. The Buckettes currently sit atop the N-10 with a 7-1 overall record and are 5-0 in conference play.

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By Chad Clinger

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