outside hitter Noelle Peterson (1) had 10 kills against Lewis
on Saturday, but NKU dropped a three-set decision to the Flyers
in Romeoville, Ill. The loss ended the Norse’s win streak
Ill. - Kim Richards recorded nine kills and a .533 hitting percentage
as two-time defending Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament champion
Lewis defeated Northern Kentucky University in three sets Saturday
Lewis won the
match by scores of 26-24, 25-19, 25-23 in the Neil Carey Arena.
The Flyers improved to 8-3 overall, 3-0 in the GLVC. Lewis also
halted NKU’s winning streak at eight matches and defeated
the Norse for the fourth consecutive time.
the match ranked 24th nationally in the NCAA Division II poll, but
NKU (9-3, 2-1 GLVC) jumped out to a 17-12 lead in the opening set
and appeared to be in control. The Flyers, however, battled back
with a 9-2 run to take a 21-20 advantage and pulled out the set
when NKU committed two straight attacking errors.
In the second
set, NKU hit only .103 and watched as Lewis ended the stanza with
a 7-1 run to take a 25-19 win. With the set tied at 18-all, the
Flyers received three straight kills from Lauren Seliga, Stephanie
Sagat and Rachel Ruedi to take a 21-18 lead.
NKU attacking error extended Lewis’ advantage to 22-18, Sagat
and Richards combined for a block to make it 23-18. The two teams
traded service errors, and Richards closed out the set with an ace.
NKU built a
16-11 lead in the third set when Kristina Eisenmenger converted
an attack, but Lewis used a 13-7 spurt to grab a 24-23 lead. Richards
then ended the match with a kill.
and Kelsey Wesaw each finished with 10 kills to lead NKU, which
hit just .206 for the match. The Norse entered the match leading
the GLVC in hitting percentage at .335, but Lewis finished with
17 total blocks (one solo, 16 assisted) on Saturday.
had 32 assists, six kills, six digs and a .667 hitting percentage
for NKU. Annie Lucas converted five of her six attacks for kills
and a .833 hitting percentage.
to Louisville, Ky., on Tuesday to meet Bellarmine before returning
home to meet Saint Joseph’s in Regents Hall next Friday at
7 p.m. The following afternoon, the Norse play host to Indianapolis
at 3 p.m.