The Norse women’s volleyball team was victorious this past weekend at the Great Lakes Region Crossover which was held at Regents Hall.
They started the weekend off right with a mark in the win column. In their first game of the Crossover against Alderson-Broaddus they won in straight sets (30-13, 30-15, and 30-27).
Freshman, Andrea Lanham helped the Norse to the victory with 39 assists and 5 digs. Kaliana Kalache added to the victory recording 13 kills with a .500 hitting percentage.
In the nightcap of Friday’s matches they went up against the three time defending Great Lakes Region champions, the Lakers of Grand Valley State University.
The Norse started out strong in this match with two quick wins of 30-25 and 30-20. Grand Valley came back to win the next two 24-30, 24-30 to force a fifth and deciding match, which was won by NKU, 17-15. They were lead in this game by Lanham who had 62 assists and 14 digs, Maggie Pugh with 10 kills and a .320 hitting percentage, and Kristin Koralewski who had four service aces for the Norse.
In Saturday’s action they continued right where they left off on Friday.
In the afternoon game on Saturday they went up against the Bulldogs of Ferris State University, winning by a score of 4-1 (30-24, 30-24, 24-30, and 30-27.
The win was the 700th victory for the NKU volleyball program. Koralewski finished the match with 20 kills, 13 digs and a .410 hitting percentage. Cammi Welter added 18 kills and 16 digs in the victory.
In the final game of the tournament on Saturday, the Norse matched up with Wheeling Jesuit University, who held a number 21 ranking in the latest national Division II Volleyball Poll. The Norse were victorious once again winning this match 4-1 (30-23, 30-21, 27-30, and 30-20).
Koralewski led the Norse with 25 kills and 10 digs. Lanham contributed with 55 assists and four service aces.
Koralewski, who was named Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II National Player of the Week, finished a strong weekend with totals marks of 83 kills, 45 digs, and a .439 hitting percentage.
With two victories over ranked opponents NKU should expect move up in the national rankings.
The Norse Volleyball team is back in action this Friday, September 19th, at 7 p.m. against the University of Indianapolis in Regents Hall.
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