Volleyball team sweeps EKU


Kody Kahle

Senior middle hitter Shelby Buschur finished with 12 kills, which put her at 1,123 career kills; 14th on NKU’s all-time list.

The Northern Kentucky Norse moved to 20-5 pulling in the win against the now 7-14 Eastern Kentucky University Colonels. This marked the volleyball team’s 20th consecutive season with at least 20 wins.

Breast cancer awareness took over Regents Hall. Pink “Dig Pink” t-shirts were available at the entrance for purchase. The Norse sported matching pink shorts, hair ribbons and bows, some even donned pink nail polish; while the Colonels wore black socks with pink ribbon print. Pink balloons as well as fans dressed in pink attire decorated Regents Hall.

The first set proved to be a close matchup, ending with NKU stealing the victory 25-23.

NKU’s senior outside hitter Haley Lippert and senior middle hitter Shelby Buschur each had four kills in the set.

EKU took an early 9-4 lead in the second set, but NKU battled back, eventually taking the lead 18-13; closing the set with the win once again, 25-23. NKU senior setter Kelly Morrissey had five kills this set.

NKU was unrelenting in the final set taking the lead 12-4; continuing to dominate late eventually ending the game 25-13 with Jenna Ruble scoring the final point; ending the game 3-0. Buschur had six kills this set and led the team with a total of 12 for the game.

Aggressive, and what appeared to be frustrated, EKU Coach Lori Ducan, could not be ignored; running on the court in between scores giving instructions to her players.

Morrissey said the 2-0 game lead going into the locker room gave them no doubt that they could secure the victory.

EKU was not the only inner-state team NKU was able to defeat; Moorehead State was also defeated by NKU earlier in the season.

“Eastern is our inner-state rival, so [this victory] meant a lot to us,” Morrissey said.

NKU barely secured the first two victories, winning by only two points.

“We got complacent with being ahead; we kind of backed off,” Buschur said.

NKU head Coach Liz Heart was impressed with her team and credited EKU.

“Eastern is a very solid team… but I think defeating the state rival [is] good,” Hart said.

NKU’s next game will be on Oct. 26 in Regent’s Hall at 7 p.m. as it takes on the University of South Carolina Upstate.