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NKU Volleyball Improves to 7-0

MOREHEAD, Ky. – While earning All-America honors during her playing days at Northern Kentucky University, Liz (Holmes) Hart would get everyone's attention with her thunderous attacks. Her powerful spikes resulted in 1,850 career kills, the most in Norse history.

Now the head coach at NKU, Hart is helping the unbeaten Norse make a lot of early-season noise in their inaugural campaign as an NCAA Division I member.

NKU improved to 7-0 Saturday by defeating Evansville, 26-24, 23-25, 25-22, 26-24, in the Comfort Inn and Suites Invitational. Kelly Morrissey collected 18 kills and attacked at a .385 clip to spark the Norse. 

Morrissey also added 14 digs and four block assists to earn tournament most valuable player honors. During the two-day event, Morrissey collected 33 kills as NKU defeated host Morehead State, Alabama A&M and Evansville.

NKU is now 2-2 all-time against Evansville, but the two programs had not met since Oct. 8, 1983.

Jenna Schreiver (45 assists) and Shelby Buschur (nine kills, four block assists) were also named to the all-tournament team. Gennie Galfano recorded nine kills and hit .474 against Evansville, which dropped to 2-4 this season.

NKU pulled out a back-and-forth, 26-24 win in the opening stanza when Morrissey and Jenna Ruble blocked Hannah Wilson's attack at set point. The Purple Aces bounced back to take the second set to even the match, but the Norse countered by winning the third stanza.

In the fourth set, Evansville jumped out to an 11-5 lead, but NKU stormed back with a 7-2 run to cut the deficit to 13-12. From there, it was more back-and-forth action, until Anna Prickel served up an ace at match point to give the Norse their seventh consecutive victory.

Prickel finished with three aces for NKU, while Morrissey, Buschur and Mel Stewart each served up a pair of aces. The Norse collected 10 aces as a team.

NKU hit .192 for the match, while Evansville attacked at a .189 clip. Kylee Tarantino led the Norse defense with 18 digs.

NKU travels to Cambridge, Mass., next weekend to participate in the Harvard Invitational. The Norse meet Providence on Friday, and play both Manhattan and Harvard on Saturday.


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