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Libs, Olsen lead NKU volleyball to sweep at Youngstown State on Wednesday night

NKyTribune staff

Haley Libs and Shelby Olsen both recorded double-doubles as the Northern Kentucky University volleyball team swept past Youngstown State on Wednesday night at Youngstown, Ohio.

Libs finished with 13 kills and 11 digs for NKU, which won by scores of 25-22, 25-19, 25-13. Olsen added 20 assists and 15 digs as the Norse improved to 12-4 overall, 4-1 in the Horizon League.

Shelby Olsen

NKU rallied from an 8-4 deficit in the opening set, using a 10-4 run to build a 14-12 lead on a kill by Libs. Later tied at 20-all, NKU ran off four straight points to gain a 24-20 advantage. After a pair of Youngstown State points, Libs ended the set with a kill to give the Norse a 25-22 win.

Bailey Western collected eight kills and hit .368 for NKU, which attacked at a .215 clip as a team. The Norse limited Youngstown State to a .078 hitting percentage for the match. NKU held the Penguins to a -.057 hitting percentage in the third set and cruised to the win.

Ashton Terrill finished with 22 digs for NKU, which leads the nation in that category. The Norse finished with a 70-62 edge in digs on Wednesday night.

Natalie Hardig added seven kills and three blocks for NKU, which is now 7-0 all-time against Youngstown State. The Penguins dropped to 7-11 overall, 1-4 in the Horizon League.

Libs, a senior outside hitter with more than 1,000 career kills and digs, has now recorded eight straight double-doubles. She also served up a pair of aces on Wednesday night.

NKU plays host to Illinois-Chicago at 2 p.m. Sunday in Regents Hall.

THOMAS MORE PLAYS FRANKLIN ON THURSDAY: The Thomas More volleyball team, which is ranked No. 7 nationally in the NCAA Division III poll, plays host to Franklin (Ind.) at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Connor Convocation Center.

Thomas More is 17-1 after posting a win over Cincinnati Christian on Tuesday night. Franklin enters Thursday’s match with a 7-10 record.

(Information compiled from NKU Athletics Communications, Thomas More and staff reports)

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