Northern Kentucky volleyball swept the Horizon League’s weekly honors following a 3-0 weekend at Duquesne Invitational. Sophomore outside hitter Laura Crawford was honored as the Offensive Player of the Week, while freshman libero Ashton Terrill was named the Defensive Player of the Week. The award marks the first weekly honor of both players’ careers.
Crawford was named the MVP of the Duquesne Invitational, leading the Norse to an undefeated weekend over Robert Morris, Duquesne and Canisius. The sophomore outside hitter averaged a double-double of 14.67 kills and 12.33 digs a match, with her first two career double-doubles against Robert Morris and Duquesne. Against RMU, Crawford recorded 15 kills and 15 digs in the sweep of the Colonials, marking a new career best in digs. She followed it up with a career-best 20 kills to go with 13 digs against Duquesne, and capped off the tournament with nine kills and nine digs in the sweep of Canisius. With an average of 4.40 kills per set, Crawford sits atop the Horizon League standings, and also sits just outside the top-10 in digs per set, with 3.70.
“Laura had an astounding weekend, terminating a lot of balls from the front and back row,” commented head coach Liz Hart. “She did a great job using a range of shots to earn over four kills per set.”
Terrill was also named to the all-tournament team following her debut donning the Gold and Black. The rookie averaged 4.80 digs per set, which is good for fourth in the League, and had double-digit digs in each showing. In her career debut against RMU, Terrill made 14 scoops and served up two aces, and bested that the next match against Duquesne with 18 digs and four aces. Her aces came in a run that allowed the Norse take the lead against the Dukes, ultimately making a 12-point swing in the third set. Terrill finished up the tournament with 16 digs against Canisius, also adding four assists to her stat line. Terrill currently leads the Horizon League in aces, averaging .60 per set.
Regarding the freshman, Hart noted, “Ashton had a great first weekend of her college career. She settled in the last two matches and helped the team win the Duquesne third set with her aces. She continues to improve each week and get comfortable in our different defenses.”
The Norse are back in action on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8-9, when the team hosts Seattle, Sacramento State and Bowling Green in the NKU Invitational.
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