RICHMOND, Ky. – Looking for its first win of the season, the Eastern Kentucky University volleyball team rolled past Northern Kentucky University, 3-0, in the Colonels’ home opener on Tuesday.
EKU won by scores of 25-17, 25-22 and 25-22.
Sophomores Celina Sanks and Danielle Hicks finished with 11 and 10 kills respectively to lead Eastern Kentucky. Johanna Boyer had 18 assists and Chloe Rojas contributed a match-best 21 digs.
Haley Libs and Keely Creamer had eight kills each for the Norse (2-5).
With the score tied 3-3 in the first set, Eastern used a 6-2 run to build a five-point advantage and then cruised to a 1-0 lead.
NKU jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the second set before the Colonels went on an 11-4 run to take a two-point lead, 12-10. Northern took the lead back at 16-15 and tied the set 22-22. However, after Creamer’s kill tied it, Hicks and Sanks put away back-to-back kills to reach set-point. An attack error by Northern Kentucky ended the set and put the home team in front 2-0.
The Norse scored the first three points of the third set, but couldn’t pull away as Eastern answered with three straight to tie. The Colonels took the lead for good after a service error gave them an 8-7 cushion. Northern Kentucky pulled within one, 23-22, late in the set, but Ally Peters closed the door with consecutive kills to end the match.
Eastern had 44 kills and a .257 attack percentage. NKU totaled 29 kills and hit just .112 for the match.
EKU (1-7) will face Penn State, Notre Dame and Mississippi State this weekend at the Golden Dome Invitational hosted by Notre Dame. The Colonels open up with Penn State at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.