South Knox put up a fight in each set, but it was Rivet who closed out its county rival in three sets Tuesday, dropping the host Spartans, 26-24, 25-21, 25-20, in a Blue Chip Conference volleyball match.
Kenadee Frey paced the Patriots (7-7, 3-1 BCC) with 18 assists, 11 points, three aces and nine digs. Bella Atkinson added 14 digs, 10 points, seven kills; Macee Hamilton 23 digs, eight points, four aces, two kills; Hannah Schneider 11 digs, nine assists, four points; April Tripp nine kills; Livia Trent eight kills, four points, three digs; Lauren Carie five blocks, three kills; and Elise Lowe six kills, three points, two assists.
“We were down six or eight points in the first set, but we fought back and ended up winning. I’m not sure how we did it, but the girls just had the willpower, and (being down) didn’t seem to bother them,” Rivet coach Jill Ballinger said. “We had them down in the second and third sets, and we let them come back. But overall we executed, and we got it done in three.
“Bella had a nice night. Not only did she get a double-double, but more importantly she got seven kills. Her, Livia, April and Elise are all getting more kills, and that’s what we need. We’ve switched some things around, trying to play to their strengths, and we’re starting to see some success from that.”
For South Knox (5-5, 1-1) Hannah Ivers had 16 digs, 14 kills; Lauren Loudermilk 11 assists, three digs, two aces; Leah Ellerman 15 digs; Kaylee Parrish 10 assists, seven digs; Hallie Kirk six kills, three digs, three aces; Mallory Obermeyer seven digs; Lanea Holscher four digs; Bailey Kempfer three kills; and Savannah Benjamin two digs.
On Thursday, Rivet visits Northeast Dubois for a 6:30 p.m. varsity-only match, while the Spartans host Linton for a 6 p.m. JV start.