Northern Kentucky volleyball faltered in its midweek match against Cleveland State, as the Norse were swept by the Vikings, 25-18, 25-19, 25-17. With the loss, NKU drops to 8-8 and 4-3 in Horizon League play while CSU advances to 11-7 (4-3 HL).
First Set Summary
· Cleveland State took control early in the match, establishing a 10-4 lead and forcing NKU to fight back to contention.
· The Norse made a run when the team trailed 19-11 with four earned points courtesy of an ace from McKenzie Eskridge and kills from Haley Libs, Drew Hendricks and Bailey Western, but CSU pulled away once more for the 25-18 win.
· Libs and Hendricks both registered three kills in the frame, while Libs led the Norse defense with seven digs.
Second Set Summary
· Eskridge made the switch to libero to start the second set, and the Norse were able to keep pace for the first part of the second set.
· However, an offensive run by Cleveland State pushed the Vikings ahead by six and allowed CSU to hold on and take the 2-0 lead heading into the break.
· Libs added four kills on 10 swings and CSU was able to avoid her in the back row as the defense was more spread out among the rest of the team, led by Ashton Terrill’s three digs.
Third Set Summary
· NKU was able to hold pace with the Vikings once more in the beginning of the final set before CSU’s block helped extend the lead.
· The Norse were held to just nine kills in the set, with four of them coming from Libs while Bailey Western added two kills and two blocks.
· NKU was held to just .088 as a team while the Vikings connected at a .274 clip, led by Alexis Middlebrooks with 14 swings and no errors from the middle.
· Libs recorded her third-straight double-double with 11 kills and 11 digs. She was the only Norse to surpass double-digit figures in kills.
· Shelby Olsen had her ninth career double-double, dishing out 28 assists and adding 10 digs.
· Western had a career defensive night with seven blocks and chipped in four kills to her stat line.
· Both Laura Crawford and Terrill added eight digs apiece.
· Hendricks finished with six kills for the match and was just one of two Norse to hit above .000 at .263. Libs also hit for an efficient percentage, with a .200 clip.
· NKU heads back out on the road to take on Green Bay on Saturday, Oct. 14. First serve from Green Bay is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT/5 p.m. ET. The match will be broadcast on ESPN3 with streaming available on computers, tablets and smart phones through WatchESPN and the ESPN App.
Assistant Athletic Communications Director
Northern Kentucky University