HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The 1-2 offensive punch of Kristin Koralewski and Liz Holmes helped the Northern Kentucky University volleyball team rally for a four-game victory over the University of Wisconsin-Parkside on Saturday.
But good defense and timely serving also contributed to the come-from-behind win for the Norse, who dropped a 30-26 decision in the first game Saturday before taking the next three stanzas by scores of 30-18, 30-20 and 30-26.
Koralewski finished with 18 kills, three service aces and 10 digs for NKU, which won its seventh straight match. Holmes added 16 kills and a .323 hitting percentage as the Norse improved to 17-8 overall, 10-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Andrea Lanham recorded 48 assists and served up four aces to secure the NKU win. Maggie Pugh added 10 kills, three blocks and a .318 hitting percentage as the Norse avenged an earlier defeat to the Rangers (9-16 overall, 4-9 GLVC).
NKU served up 12 aces and limited the taller Rangers to a .129 hitting percentage. Amber Timmons notched 17 digs to lead the defense, while Lynne Fischesser collected 11 digs.
In three wins this week, Timmons collected 50 digs (5.0 dpg). The senior’s defense also helped NKU limit the opposition to a .123 hitting percentage in those matches.
Fischesser and Tristen Dye each finished with two service aces for NKU. The Norse hit .168 as a team and lost the blocking battle by a 21-6 margin, but Wisconsin-Parkside struggled against the NKU serving game and up-tempo pace.
The win evened the season series between the two teams, after NKU lost 3-0 at Parkside earlier in the month.
The team defeated Lewis University Friday behind strong offensive performances: Koralweski had 19 kills, Holmes had 16, and Dye added 10 kills and two aces.
The win on Friday finalized a season sweep of Lewis by the Norse.
NKU will face the University of Indianapolis at 7 p.m. Friday in a key GLVC match. The Greyhounds lost at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville on Saturday and are tied with NKU for third place in the GLVC standings.
NKU will also visit Rensselaer, Ind., next Saturday for a 2 p.m. match against Saint Joseph’s College.
*Article by Sports Information