Krumwiede
Lewis

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – A battle between nationally-ranked volleyball teams took place inside Neil Carey Arena on Saturday when No. 12 Northern Kentucky University visited No. 22 Lewis.

Less than 24 hours after being upset at Wisconsin-Parkside, NKU suffered its second consecutive loss during a 25-21, 26-28, 25-19, 25-19 defeat at Lewis. The Norse dropped to 10-2 overall, 5-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Lewis, which has beaten NKU the last three meetings, is 8-4 overall, 4-3 in the GLVC. The Flyers limited the Norse to a .192 hitting percentage for the match. NKU entered this weekend ranked No. 2 nationally in the Division II statistics with a .348 hitting percentage.

Jen Krumwiede led Lewis with 20 kills and attacked at a .450 clip. The Flyers pulled out the first set by a 25-21 margin, and they jumped out to a 14-6 lead in the second frame.

NKU, however, battled from behind and evened the match at a set apiece with a 28-26 win. The Norse’s Kim Nemcek accounted for the final two points of the set with consecutive kills.

Lewis responded by taking the final two sets by identical 25-19 scores. The Flyers hit .323 in the final set and held NKU to a .143 hitting percentage.

Nemcek led NKU with 19 kills and a .533 hitting percentage. The senior middle hitter also upped her career kills total at NKU to 938. Sarah Drennen added 14 kills and attacked at a .281 clip for the Norse.

Kylee Tarantino finished with 17 digs, while teammate Anna Prickel added 13 digs. Lewis hit .293 as a team en route to the victory.