Northern Kentucky volleyball will host Miami (Ohio) in a preseason exhibition match on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 5:30 p.m. The intercollegiate scrimmage is the first of its kind for the Norse, as NCAA Division I teams were previously unable to scrimmage other institutions prior to the official start of the season. Admission to the scrimmage, which will be held at Regents Hall, is free to the public. Fans will also be invited to participate in the intermission promotion, which includes a serving contest for prizes.
 
Northern Kentucky vs. Miami (Ohio) – Exhibition
Highland Heights, Ky. – Regents Hall
 
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NEW YEAR, NEW NORSE: Northern Kentucky’s 14-player roster features six new faces, including five freshmen. The Norse continued to add height to the front line with 6-0 middle blocker Peytton Bagwell, 6-1 middle blocker Bailey Western, 6-0 middle blocker/right side hitter Kaelin Gentile and 5-11 outside hitter Maddy Weber. NKU also adds two defensive specialists in Ashton Terrill, a 5-8 freshman, and Raven Barleston, a 5-5 sophomore transfer from Ohio Dominican. The recruiting class earned honorable mention from PrepVolleyball.com, which is the first time that the program had been ranked by the online publication.
 
2016 IN REVIEW: The Norse enjoyed a successful season in 2016, going 18-11 overall and 11-5 in Horizon League competition for a third-place finish. Of particular note, NKU barreled through the conference between Oct. 1 and Oct. 23, sweeping seven-consecutive opponents to mark the first time in program history that NKU had taken down seven-straight conference foes in straight sets, and the first time since 2008 that the Norse had recorded seven-consecutive wins of any kind in conference action.
 
Following the regular season, four Norse were recognized by the Horizon League with seniors Keely Creamer and Taylor Snyder, along with then-sophomore Haley Libs, garnering All-League honors, while Laura Crawford was named to the All-Freshman Team. Creamer ended her career as one of the most potent offensive weapons in the League, as she was the only player to rank in the top-three in both kills per set (3.64) and hitting percentage (.333). Snyder capped off an illustrious career ranked No. 4 in NKU’s all-time record book for assists (4,535) and became the first player in NKU’s Division-I era to record at least 4,000 assists and 1,000 digs in a career. Just a sophomore in 2016, Libs was one of the top contenders for the League’s Player of the Year after ranking fourth in the League in kills per set (3.38) at a .254 clip while also doubling as a threat on defense with 2.90 digs a game. Crawford, who is expected to make the switch from the right pin to the left this season, averaged 2.18 kills per set against League opponents and added 22 blocks at the net to garner distinction.
 
NKU also graduated Lauren Hurley and Tristen Simpson, who both were key contributors in their capstone seasons for the Norse. Hurley broke NKU’s D-I record for digs per set with 5.06 after stepping into the libero role for her senior year, which included four 30-dig performances. Simpson saved her best season for last as well, with 2.65 kills per set and the top reception percentage out of NKU’s primary passers.
 
SCOUTING MIAMI: The RedHawks are coming off a banner year after earning a share of the Mid-American Conference regular-season title for the first time since 1998. Miami went 24-7 during the year and fell to Northern Illinois in the final of the MAC Championship, but earned an at-large bid for its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008. The RedHawks faced No. 19 Oregon in the first round, dropping the contest in four sets. Returning for her senior season is Katie Tomasic, an AVCA All-Northeast Region honorable mention and All-MAC First Team honoree. Tomasic led the RedHawks with 2.71 kills per set at .319, boasting the highest hitting percentage in the MAC among non-middle hitters. Miami lost two other All-MAC honorees to graduation, but returns senior libero Maeve McDonald to lead the back row after averaging 4.73 digs per set in 2016.
 
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Chloe Smith
Assistant Athletic Communications Director
Northern Kentucky University

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