Junior middle blocker Ellen Hawks set the Stetson single-season blocks
record in the rally scoring era, but Northern Kentucky came away with a 3-0 (25-21,
25-23, 25-14) victory in an Atlantic Sun Conference volleyball match Friday night
at the Edmunds Center.
Hawks picked up three block assists on the evening, giving her 112 on the
season and surpassing Meghan Wright’s total of 110, set in 2002.
The Hatters (4-30, 0-17 A-Sun) committed just one attack error and posted an
impressive .300 hitting percentage (13-1-40) in the opening set. Both teams struggled offensively in the
second set, and NKU controlled much of the third set to capture the victory.
“I thought we played hard the first two sets and did a lot of good things,”
Stetson head coach Tim Loesch said. “We had
our best attacking set in a while in set number one, and in set two, we weren’t
as efficient, but we did some other good things defensively and slowed Northern
“Unfortunately at the end of both those sets we had a couple of unforced
errors, and we weren’t able to finish them off.
I liked the energy we had and wished we could have come out with that
same energy in set number three.”
Kelli Carneal posted her ninth double-double of the season with 14 assists
and 10 digs. She added seven kills and
four blocks. Kaley Melville registered
nine kills and nine digs. Kayla Weller
picked up 14 assists and eight digs. Madison
Anderson and Cailyn Prewitt each chipped in five kills, and Taylor Johnson
added three blocks.
“I thought Kaley Melville had a great match again, she has been doing a lot
of great things on the outside,” Loesch said.
“Kelli Carneal had one of her better matches as well. Ellen Hawks did some good things for us
too. I thought Monique Russell did a
fine job defensively and with serve receive.
Really all the seniors did good work for us.”
The Hatters will honor their seniors (Anderson,
Carneal, Samantha Freeman, Russell) prior to Saturday’s match against Lipscomb
at 2 p.m.