JASPER — Northview’s dynamic duo of Kambree Lucas and Jenny Lundy was too much for Silver Creek in Saturday’s Class 3A Jasper Semistate.
Lundy had 22 assists and 17 kills and Lucas had 18 kills and 18 assists as the Knights (36-2) clinched their second state finals berth with a 25-19, 25-21, 25-22 sweep of the Dragons. They will face New Castle in next Saturday’s Class 3A championship match.
“They were the better team tonight, for sure,” said Silver Creek coach Jeff Zimmerman, whose team ends its season with a 32-7 record. “[Lundy and Lucas], they attack as good as anyone I’ve seen.”
The Dragons’ largest lead in any set was 11-9 in the first, but the Knights went on a 16-7 run to take it 25-18.
“Tonight, we were just a little off. It wasn’t our night,” Zimmerman said. “If you get to the semistate, you have to play your best and we just didn’t.”
The second was all Northview until late in the set. The Knights had leads of 14-8 and 21-15 before Creek got within 24-21. However, Northview’s Kassidy Glassburn got a set-clinching kill to put the Knights up two sets.
The third set started similarly. The Knights took leads of 8-3 and 11-4 before the Dragons fought to within 13-10. It was 17-14 when Lundy fed Lucas for a kill that started a run that put Northview on the doorstep.
Silver Creek didn’t quit. A kill by Kiersten Cooper, who led all Dragons with 13, cut the deficit to 23-22. However, kills by Lundy and Lucas clinched it.
“They battled there at the end,” Zimmerman said of his team. “I thought they gave it their all.”
Northview’s Erica Garrison, who will coach in her first state finals next Saturday, said allowing the Dragons to get within striking distance in the third set was alarming.
“You never want to give [Silver Creek] an inch. They’ll take a mile,” she said. “I didn’t want to play that fourth set. I wanted to get it over with.”
The Dragons bid farewell to six seniors, including Cooper, Karli Ware and Zimmerman’s daughter, Zoie.
“The whole group of seniors have just been awesome since Day 1,” an emotional Zimmerman said. “I don’t think I’ve ever had a senior class like this. Back-to-back semistates with this group. They’re winners in everything they do. They’re great people.”
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