On Tuesday, August 22, Northview Volleyball had two matches at home against Milton and St. Francis. They played really well, but were ultimately not able to pull out a win. The Titans got off to a quick start against Milton, taking the first set 25-23. However, the Eagles took control and won the next two sets 25-18 and 25-16, securing the match. Against St. Francis, Northview fell 25-18 to begin, bounced back and claimed the second set by a score of 25-22, then fell once again, 25-17, to the Knights. The team showed great promise in both matches, fighting hard and taking a set in each contest. It was a true battle against both opposing sides, with many spikes and dives and more. Both Saint Francis and Milton had great size on their teams, giving them a key height advantage on the court. They were also very athletic, so Northview competing well against both teams was a good sign for the future. Titan senior Piper Chans played a huge role in both matches, earning a great number of points for the squad. Northview is using these matches to fuel their efforts of improvement.
“In the first game, we had communications problems in the first game which caused problems,” senior Zoe Anderson said.
On multiple occasions throughout the matches, there were clear communication issues on the Titan side as two or three players would get to the ball and none of them made the final move to return it. Northview tried to switch some things up in order to make something special happen in the second match, but the final result did not change.
“In the second game we made a couple of adjustments in our rotation but we still couldn’t pull off the win,” senior Kaylee Austin said.
The team and program appear to have great potential for a bright future for the remainder of the season and seasons ahead. The players know their weak points and what to improve upon during practices.
“Communication, trusting teammates, and working together and keeping a positive attitude are all the things we need to work on,” Anderson said.
Head Coach Chris James preached a similar message to that of his players. Each Titan seems to have a good feel for what the team must do to be successful in the coming matches.
“In order to improve we need to get back to the basics and keep a positive and winning attitude,” James said.
This same message is being shared every day at all of the squad’s practices. If they follow this message throughout the whole season then they could have a much improved, potentially winning season. Despite sub-optimal final scores in both of their Tuesday matches, it was not a bad outing at all for Northview. The records will not indicate the confidence gained and positive strides made as the Titans get better every day and look forward to opportunities to showcase their talents in the near future.