NSU Volleyball: Lady Demons win eighth straight home opener

Northwestern State volleyball extended their home opener win streak to eight Tuesday with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-15) win versus Grambling State.

The Lady Demons saw 10 different players earn at least one kill in the match as they fought off an inspired Grambling side.

“Grambling was serving a little bit different than what we had seen the past couple weekends,” coach Sean Kiracofe said. “So anything different is going to take some adjusting to get used to. I thought we should have been able to pass better in sets one and two.

“We were finally able to make that adjustment and clean things up in the third and put ourselves in a position to pull away. Grambling fought hard and we gave them that belief that they were going to steal sets one or two and they showed it and fought for every point.”

Grambling led the majority of the opening set of the afternoon, but never putting more than two points between them and the Lady Demons at one time.

Down 16-14, NSU took control of the set with an 8-1 run featuring a string of six straight kills. Hannah Brister led the attack with three during the stretch followed by a pair from Reagan Lee. Lee slammed the set winner a few moments later and the Lady Demons were up 1-0.

It was a 6-1 run that put NSU in the driver seat early in the second, but the Lady Tigers stood their ground and worked to tie things at 17. A second 6-1 run in the set, with Kourtney Seaton providing a block assist and a pair of kills, pushed NSU ahead to finish the set 25-21.

In the third, another good serving rotation for freshman Haley Hoang gave the Lady Demons a big cushion, putting them up 11-3. NSU didn’t look back from the early lead, putting Grambling away quickly, finishing things with a 4-0 run to win 25-15.

Brister led all players with 13 kills, extending her streak of double-digit kill matches, with Seaton and Lee each providing eight. Hoang add four to her team best 12 services aces on the season. Megan Lohmiller had 17 digs and Sklar Besch 24 assists, both match highs.

NSU travels to College Station, Texas on Thursday to play in the Texas A&M Invitational. The Lady Demons take on Texas-Rio Grande Valley on Thursday and Texas A&M and Texas State on Friday.

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Photo Credit: Chris Reich, NSU Photographic Services