Rallies For 24-30, 33-31, 20-30, 30-18, 15-10 Win Over NIU Volleyball
DeKalb, IL -
For two games against Kent State University on Friday evening, the
Northern Illinois University volleyball squad looked unstoppable.
Northern Illinois was unable to sustain that momentum for the entire
match, as the Golden Flashes rallied for the 24-30, 33-31, 20-30,
30-18, 15-10 Mid-American Conference victory over the Huskies at
Victor E. Court in NIU's Convocation Center.
just not consistent, bottom line," Northern Illinois head coach
Ray Gooden said. "We win games big and then we lose them."
With the victory, Kent State improves to 7-13 overall and 3-6 in
Mid-American Conference play, while the Huskies fall to 11-12 on
the campaign and 4-5 in MAC action.
setter Anja Knabe-Paulsen turned in a dominating performance against
the Huskies, totaling a triple-double of 12 kills, 30 assists and
11 digs. Paulsen also tallied five service aces and finished with
a hitting percentage of .706 (12 kills, 0 errors, 17 attacks).
great, she did a really good job for them," Gooden said of
Knabe-Paulsen. "We just couldn't stop that jump serve, and
she was very consistent and we weren't able to adjust."
was one of four players to post double-digit kills for the Golden
Flashes. KSU senior outside hitter Danielle Holt tallied a team-high
22 kills and added 13 digs for a double-double. Holt was followed
by both sophomore right side hitter Ashley Feutz (12 kills) and
sophomore middle hitter Anne Zakelj (11 kills).
With the match
tied at two games apiece, the Golden Flashes took an 8-7 lead over
the Huskies at the turn. KSU then scored seven of the next 10 points,
led by four kills from Holt to secure the victory.
at .389 (8 kills, 1 error, 18 attacks) in the final game, NIU was
one-upped by the Golden Flashes, as Kent State was flawless with
a .667 hitting percentage (12 kills, 0 errors, 18 attacks).
that's all it is," Gooden said. "You take a look at the
numbers and that's how it was.
game five, we hit real big, but we weren't able to score."
middle hitter Kate McCullagh (Woodstock) topped NIU with
23 kills, while teammates Corinne Walsh (Evergreen Park)
and Amy Ward (Sycamore) each added 13 kills in defeat. Freshman
setter Jenny Dziubla (Elgin/St. Edward's) chipped in a double-double
of 53 assists and 10 digs.
NIU will return
to action on Saturday evening, hosting #22 Ohio at 7 p.m. at Victor
E. Court in NIU's Convocation Center.
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