By Sean McKnight
Last Friday, Stetson’s volleyball team took on and dominated Northern Kentucky in an Atlantic Sun Conference that helped to improve the Hatter’s already impressive record to 15-8 overall and 6-3 in the Atlantic Sun. The Hatters swept Northern Kentucky 25-20, 27-25, and 25-21 and with this victory moved into fourth place in the A-Sun standings, tied with rival FGCU.
Stetson started off the match against rival Kentucky 1-0 but then had to fight back from 21-18 and 23-21 deficits in the second game in order to extend the set. Erika White was able to lead the squad to victory in the second match when she put away a kill to send Stetson into intermission before the third match with a 2-0 lead over Kentucky.
When the third set rolled around, Stetson played with that same vigor, passion, and solid teamwork they have had all season. Stetson never trailed in the third match against Kentucky even though they did have to fight off a late rally by Kentucky as NKU did their best to take the match by narrowing the score discrepancy to 20-19. However, the Hatters were able to turn up the heat near the end of the third match and scored five of the final seven points which lead the Hatters to a 3-0 victory over the struggling Northern Kentucky Norse.
Both Tiffany Creamer and Kaley “Mel” Melville added 12 more kills on the season which was a huge additive effect to Stetson’s victory over Northern Kentucky. Kayla Weller recorded 39 assists, Michelle Kastner had 12 digs and Ellen Hawks posted five blocks. The Hatters were able to hold Northern Kentucky to a measly .187 hitting percentage while also collecting four aces and six blocks for the match. After last Friday’s win, the Hatters are 10-2 at home and are in a very good position in the A-Sun conference with a great shot of making a deep run into the playoffs.