Norse start season strong in Indiana Invitational


Kody Kahle

NKU’s Keely Creamer was selected to the all tournament team after her performance in the Indiana Invitational.

Christopher Decker, Sports Editor

The NKU Norse volleyball team managed to recover from a 3-0 loss to Indiana to win both games of a doubleheader on Saturday against Evansville and Marshall. The two wins give the Norse a 2-1 record to start the season.

Seniors Keely Creamer and Taylor Snyder were named to the all tournament team following their performances during the weekend. Creamer recorded 31 kills and 10 blocks in the three games of the tournament, while Snyder recorded 90 assists during those three games. Sophomore Haley Libs also contributed 32 kills.

The Norse started the tournament on Friday against Indiana University. The first set was a hard fought match, but the Norse lost the set 25-21. The Norse struggled in the last two sets of the match, losing the second set 25-16 and then the third set 25-12. The Norse had 18 total errors in the game.

Tristen Simpson recorded seven kills and one block for the Norse in the game but was responsible for five of the Norse errors. Creamer had a .365 hitting percentage in the game and recorded 6 kills.

Things turned around for the Norse on Saturday, when they faced Marshall in the first game of a double header. The Norse were down 20-13 in the first set before Libs scored two straight points. The Norse came back to finish the set strong, forcing Marshall into 6 errors to win 26-24.

The next sets were equally tough, with NKU winning the second set 28-26 and losing the third set 31-29 before putting Marshall away with a 25-19 win in the final set. Libs had 19 kills in the game, while Creamer had 13 kills and five blocks.

NKU swept Evansville University in three sets, 25-21, 25-13 and 25-16. Creamer led the way for the Norse in this game, recording 13 kills and five blocks. Freshman Laura Crawford recorded seven kills and four blocks.

The Norse will hit the road again next weekend when they play two games in the Bowling Green Invitational in Bowling Green, Ohio.