Notre Dame Athletics | August 27, 2018
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame (3-0) swept Northern Kentucky in the final match of the Golden Dome Invitational to earn the tournament crown. The Irish kept Northern Kentucky to a .045 hitting percentage, taking their third consecutive three-set sweep.
HOW IT HAPPENED
In the first set, early kills from Meg Morningstar and Charley Niego paced the Irish and commanded a quick lead over the Norse. At the first break in the action, the Irish led 12-8 with two kills from Jemma Yeadon and Meg Morningstar. Three fast kills from Rebecca Nunge opened up the Irish lead to 20-13 before taking the first set victory, 25-17.
Nunge's block and kill gave the Irish consecutive points to start the second set. After falling behind to Northern Kentucky, the Irish tied the set at six apiece thanks to a service ace from freshman Sydney Bent. After a lengthy rally, the Irish claimed the momentum-turning point on a kill by Niego and a Hannah Thompson kill tied the set at 14. The Irish netted three consecutive points before Zoe Nunez's service ace tied the set at 24 apiece. After trading points with the Norse, Yeadon dropped one in on Northern Kentucky to seal the 28-26 victory in the second set.
The Irish jumped out to a quick 4-2 lead on the Norse in the third set behind kills from Bent, Yeadon and Nunge. Quickly adding to the margin, the Irish confidently led 13-5 as Northern Kentucky called timeout. The Irish made quick work of Northern Kentucky in the third, limiting the Norse to a -.045 hitting percentage and winning the set, 25-14.
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