SAN JUAN, Puerto
Rico - The Northern Kentucky University volleyball team opened the
season Friday by splitting two matches.
NKU began Friday
with a 30-23, 30-16, 30-24 victory against Puerto Rico-Mayaguez.
In the nightcap, the Norse dropped a 29-31, 30-21, 30-21, 32-30
decision to Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras.
led NKU with 15 kills and five blocks in the win over Puerto Rico-Mayaguez.
Andrea Lanham recorded 38 assists, while Tristen Dye added 13 kills
and a .455 hitting percentage.
Dye combined for 36 kills in the nightcap, but Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras
rallied after dropping the first game to take the next three. Holmes,
who had 17 kills and six blocks, added four service aces. Dye collected
19 kills, while Lanham finished with 35 assists and six kills.
The loss to
Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras prevented NKU head coach Carlos Chia from
recording his 100th career victory with the Norse. Chia, in his
fifth season as NKU’s head coach, is 99-37 with the Norse.
NKU (1-1) will
conclude its trip Saturday with matches against Puerto Rico-Bayamon
and Puerto Rico-Cayay. The Norse will hit the road next Thursday
for Harrogate, Tenn., and a match against Lincoln Memorial at 6
NKU will then
travel to Jefferson City, Tenn., to play in the Carson-Newman Tournament
Sept. 2-3. The Norse will begin the event against Palm Beach Atlantic
at noon on Sept. 2, and later play Newberry at 4:30 p.m.