Sept. 10, 2004

NKU DEFEATS WALSH, W. VA. WESLEYAN

Holmes, Koralewski lead Norse to two wins on Friday

ASHLAND, Ohio - Liz Holmes and Kristin Koralewski combined for 27 kills and 22 digs Friday as the Northern Kentucky University volleyball team defeated Walsh (Ohio) University, 30-22, 36-34, 30-26.

Holmes finished with 14 kills, 10 digs and a .478 hitting percentage as NKU snapped its losing streak at four. Koralewski also recorded a double-double with 13 kills and 12 digs.

Holmes, a freshman middle hitter and a graduate of Mercy High School in Cincinnati, also added two solo blocks and two service aces.

Maggie Pugh added 10 kills and a .562 hitting percentage for NKU, which attacked at a .344 clip for the match. The Norse trailed 29-24 in the second game, but Holmes served four consecutive points to enable NKU to tie the contest at 29-29.

Walsh regained the lead at 30-29 on a kill by Jamie Herr, but Lynne Fischesser responded by converting an attack to tie the game at 30-30. Walsh would eventually hold leads of 31-30, 32-31, 33-32 and 34-33, but NKU fought off match points each time.

Holmes slammed down a kill to tie the game at 34-34, and, after a Walsh attacking error gave NKU a 35-34 lead, the freshman finished off the stanza by converting another attack for a 36-34 Norse win.

Lauren Collins led Walsh (4-3) with 22 kills. NKU held a 57-41 advantage in digs and limited Walsh to a .210 hitting percentage.

Sophomore setter Andrea Lanham finished with 45 assists, six kills and eight digs for NKU. The Norse’s Julie Lewis finished with nine kills and nine digs, while Fischesser added eight kills and 12 digs.

NKU also posted a 30-11, 30-14, 30-18 win over West Virginia Wesleyan College in the nightcap Friday. Koralewski led the Norse (5-4) with 18 kills, 11 digs and a .680 hitting percentage.

Koralewski now has 1,050 career kills at NKU and is ninth on the Norse’s all-time list in that category.

Holmes added 15 kills and a .609 hitting percentage for NKU. Lanham recorded 49 assists and directed the offense to a .474 hitting percentage for the match.

The Norse will close out the two-day tournament Saturday with matches against unbeaten Ashland University at noon and Edinboro (Pa.) University at 2 p.m.

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