Chloe Palmer (2) has an attack blocked by Kim Nemcek (8) and
Kristina Eisenmenger during the fourth set Saturday. Nemcek
finished with six blocks and nine kills as NKU rallied for
a five-set win.
Ky. - Kelsey Wesaw finished with 17 kills and a .438 hitting percentage
as the Northern Kentucky University volleyball team extended its
winning streak to nine by rallying for a five-set victory over Quincy
on Saturday afternoon.
NKU capped its
five-match homestand with a 24-26, 28-30, 25-23, 25-17, 15-5 triumph
and improved to 18-3 overall, 8-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
The 25th-ranked Norse rallied from a two-set deficit and won a match
in Regents Hall for the third consecutive day.
A week ago,
NKU defeated Glenville State and Urbana to begin its homestand.
The Norse also posted sweeps against Missouri-St. Louis and Missouri
S&T prior to knocking off Quincy in five sets Saturday.
overall, 2-7 GLVC) took advantage of three straight attacking errors
by NKU to pull out the opening set, and the Lady Hawks built a 2-0
lead in sets by winning the second stanza on consecutive kills by
Katie Ebbing and Val Braglia.
rallied behind the play of Wesaw and senior setter Natalie Forbes,
who recorded 54 assists, 12 digs and three blocks. After Quincy
took a 21-20 lead in the third set, NKU closed with a 5-2 run for
a 25-23 win. Wesaw ended the set by slamming down a kill off an
assist from Forbes.
The Norse attacked
at a .355 clip in the fourth set and cruised to a 25-17 win. NKU
then captured the match by hitting .545 in the fifth set en route
to a 15-5 victory.
A pair of Wesaw
kills sandwiched around a service ace by Noelle Peterson allowed
NKU to build a 3-0 lead in the fifth set, and the Norse rolled to
the win. Peterson finished with 15 kills and two aces.
tallied 18 kills for NKU, which hit .237 for the match. Kim Nemcek
added nine kills, nine digs and six blocks, while teammate Chelsea
Clark served up four aces and led the defense with 15 digs.
NKU is now 22-1
all-time against Quincy. The Norse’s only loss to Quincy came
on Sept. 11, 1998, when the Lady Hawks outlasted NKU in five sets
at Quincy, Ill.
NKU hits the
road next week for GLVC contests at Rockhurst (Thursday) and Drury
(Friday). The Norse then travel the following week to Indianapolis,
Ind., to participate in the GLVC/Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic
next home match is Nov. 1 against Kentucky Wesleyan.