Oct. 6, 2004

ASHLAND KNOCKS OFF NKU IN THREE

Eagles defeat Norse in key regional match

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Carrie Ritchie and Mary Kate Glowe combined for 33 kills Wednesday night as Ashland University defeated Northern Kentucky University, 30-24, 30-17, 30-26, in Regents Hall.

Ritchie finished with a match-high 18 kills for Ashland, which improved to 13-3. Glowe collected 15 kills, 17 digs and attacked at a .314 clip for the Eagles, who hit .295 as a team and avenged an early-season loss to NKU.

A month ago, the Norse handed the Eagles a four-game loss at Ashland, Ohio. NKU now leads the all-time series with Ashland by a 14-6 margin.

NKU (10-8) held a 16-15 lead in the opening game after a kill by Kristin Koralewski, but Ashland responded with a 4-0 run to take a 19-16 advantage. After NKU battled back to take a 23-22 lead on a service ace by Amber Timmons, Ashland closed the game with an 8-1 run to take a 30-24 win.

The Eagles held NKU to a .069 hitting percentage in the second game to take a 2-0 lead. Ashland used an 8-0 run to turn a 9-9 tie into a 17-9 advantage, and the Eagles never trailed again. Ritchie hammered down 10 kills in the second game.

In the third game, NKU held a 19-18 lead when Ashland again put together a big run to win the match. The Eagles used a 7-2 spurt to take a 25-21 advantage. Ashland finished off the win on a kill by Beth Dangel.

Koralewski, who leads the Great Lakes Valley Conference in kills and hitting percentage, paced the NKU attack with 14 kills and a .393 hitting percentage. The senior All-American also added 10 digs.

Timmons led NKU with 16 digs and now has 995 in her career with the Norse. Andrea Lanham recorded 31 assists and six digs, while Liz Holmes added six kills and five digs.

NKU will hit the road this weekend for a pair of Great Lakes Valley Conference matches, beginning with an 8 p.m. Friday contest at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

The Norse will also visit Quincy University at 3 p.m. Saturday. NKU is 3-3 in the GLVC.

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Amber Timmons