NKU Volleyball clinches title at Duquesne Invitational

Northern Kentucky volleyball moved on to 3-0 to start the 2017 season after sweeping Canisius in the penultimate match of the Duquesne Invitational. The Norse took down the Golden Griffins, 25-19, 25-18, 25-11, to clinch the tournament title as the only undefeated team among five competing institutions. Laura Crawford was named the MVP of the invitational, while Haley Libs and Ashton Terrill received all-tournament honors as well.

The Quote
“Drew (Hendricks) did an excellent job on the pin for us, hitting .571 with nine kills. We started the match slow, but put it together in the third set. Laura (Crawford) had a nice weekend overall, averaging 4.4 kills and 3.7 digs per set.” – Head Coach Liz Hart

First Set Summary
· Though the Norse kept pace with the Golden Griffins in the early goings of the opening set, NKU did not earn a point of its own until 10 points in, when McKenzie Eskridge served an ace. All other points that NKU won were courtesy of Canisius errors.
· Canisius continued to surrender points off miscues, as the Golden Griffins committed 10 errors between attacking and serving by the 16-16 mark.
· The Norse pulled away when shots started to fall, and NKU had five kills in the ensuing nine points to take a more convincing lead. A service error on set point by the Golden Griffins solidified the game, 25-19.
· Overall, Canisius committed 13 errors in the opening set. NKU righted the ship to finish the set with a .125 hitting percentage.

Second Set Summary
· Set two mimicked the first, with points traded between the two teams before NKU slowly chipped away near the midway point.
· Drew Hendricks stepped onto the court at 17-15 and helped spark the offense, recording three kills on as many attempts as the Norse extended to a 22-17 edge.
· Once again, the set ended on a service error by Canisius, with NKU claiming the frame, 25-18.

Third Set Summary
· Hendricks became NKU’s most efficient weapon in the third frame, registering six kills on seven attempts.
· The Norse went on a series of runs after being tied 5-5 in order to build a commanding lead and take the third, 25-11.
· NKU hit a blistering .520 in the final frame, with 15 kills on 25 attempts and just two errors, while holding Canisius to a .069 clip.

Norse Notes
· NKU hit .245 as a team, while Canisius was held to .055 and did not hit above .100 in any of the three sets.
· Crawford finished just shy of recording her third-straight double-double, tallying nine kills and nine digs.
· Hendricks was just one kill off matching her career best with nine terminations while hitting .571. She recorded all her kills after subbing in halfway through the second set.
· Libs had double-digit digs in her third-straight match with 14, also adding eight kills.
· Terrill had her second-straight 15-plus-dig match, scooping up 16 of Canisius’ attacks.
· Olsen produced a solid stat line with 25 assists, five kills on seven attempts, and six digs.
· Over the course of the tournament, both Crawford and Libs averaged double-doubles, with Crawford averaging 14.67 kills (4.40 per set) and 12.33 digs a match while Libs averaged 11.33 kills (3.40 per set) and 14.67 digs a match.
· Terrill averaged 4.80 digs per set and led the team from the service line with six aces.
· Kaelin Gentile had a strong debut weekend at the net, averaging 1.20 blocks per set with two solo blocks and 10 block assists.
· The Norse hit .238 over the course of the tournament and held opponents to .121.
Up Next
· NKU returns to Highland Heights next weekend to host the NKU Invitational on Sept. 8-9. The Norse will welcome some West Coast talent from Seattle and Sacramento State, along with Mid-American Conference opponent Bowling Green.

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Chloe Smith
Assistant Athletic Communications Director
Northern Kentucky University

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