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PENSACOLA, Fla. – Andrea Lanham recorded her first career triple-double Saturday as the Northern Kentucky University volleyball team defeated Mesa (Colo.) State College, 30-23, 26-30, 30-21, 30-23, at the University of West Florida Comfort Inn-vitational.

Lanham, a sophomore setter, finished with 11 kills, 14 digs and 53 assists. Her setting keyed the Norse’s .339 hitting percentage for the match. She also added two block assists.

NKU senior outside hitter Kristin Koralewski hammered down a team-leading 21 kills and recorded 17 digs against Mesa State. Koralewski, a first team All-America selection last season, converted the 21 kills in 37 attempts with just two errors for a .514 hitting percentage.

Lynne Fischesser (10 kills, 16 digs) and Liz Holmes (12 kills, 14 digs) each collected double-doubles for the Norse. Fischesser – who attacked the ball at a .417 clip – served up four aces, while Holmes finished with five service aces.

Julie Lewis added 13 kills and eight digs for NKU, which hit .500 in the fourth game to seal the victory.

In the nightcap, the University of West Florida used a balanced attack to upend NKU, 30-23, 31-29, 26-30, 30-19. The Argonauts (2-2) had five players finish with at least 10 kills and held NKU (3-1) to a .136 hitting percentage.

Koralewski, who was named most valuable player of the two-day tournament, led NKU with 13 kills and 18 digs. Lanham just missed her second triple-double of the day by collecting 38 assists, 14 digs and nine kills. The Notre Dame Academy graduate also had a .364 hitting percentage.

Holmes picked up 10 kills, 11 digs, two service aces and four block assists, while Fischesser finished with 11 kills, 15 digs and four block assists. West Florida hit .243 as a team and recorded 10 service aces.

NKU will return to action next Friday at the University of Findlay Tournament with a 1 p.m. match against Northwood (Mich.) University.

On the first night of action, Friday, Liz Holmes recorded a double-double in her collegiate debut as the Northern Kentucky University volleyball team defeated the University of Montevallo (Ala.), 30-21, 30-22, 30-22.

Holmes, a freshman, collected 14 kills and 12 digs as NKU won its season opener at the University of West Florida Comfort Inn-vitational. The 5-foot-10 freshman finished with a .440 hitting percentage and added three service aces.

Senior outside hitter Kristin Koralewski added 13 kills and 14 digs for NKU, which hit .339 as a team. Koralewski, a first team All-America selection last season, also had two block assists.

The Norse limited Montevallo (0-1) to a .098 hitting percentage. NKU finished off the match in the third game by converting 19 of 39 attacks with just two errors for a .436 hitting percentage.

Lynne Fischesser (11 kills, 11 digs) and Julie Lewis (10 kills, 10 digs) also posted double-doubles for NKU. Lewis converted 10 of 16 attacks with just two errors for a .500 hitting percentage.

Sophomore setter Andrea Lanham recorded 47 assists, eight digs and a .571 hitting percentage for NKU. Senior defensive specialist Amber Timmons added 12 digs for the Norse, and senior middle hitter Maggie Pugh had five kills.

NKU later added a 30-17, 30-20, 30-22 victory over the University of West Alabama. Holmes led the Norse with 10 kills, while Koralewski added nine kills, 10 digs and four service aces.

Lanham collected 30 assists for NKU, which finished with 11 service aces. The Norse hit just .210 but held West Alabama (0-2) to a .075 attack percentage.

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