The 2021 Northern Kentucky volleyball campaign gets underway on Friday, Aug. 27, when the Norse face No. 11 Ohio State at the Sports Imports Classic. NKU then plays Ohio in the event on Saturday, Aug. 28. All matches will be played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, which will host the NCAA Volleyball Championship this year.

Game Information

Northern Kentucky University Norse (0-0 Overall, 0-0 Horizon League)

Ohio State University Buckeyes (0-0 Overall, 0-0 B1G)

Friday, August 27 – 7 p.m. (ET)

Columbus, Ohio | Nationwide Arena (20,000)

Broadcast: BTN+

Stats: Live Stats

Northern Kentucky University Norse (0-0 Overall, 0-0 Horizon League)

Ohio University Bobcats (0-0 Overall, 0-0 MAC)

Saturday, August 28 – 3 p.m. (ET)

Columbus, Ohio | Nationwide Arena (20,000)

Stats: Live Stats

Quick Hitters

• Northern Kentucky opens the 2021 season with a tough slate of games in its first two weekends, playing three teams either ranked or receiving votes – No. 11 Ohio State, RV Missouri and No. 13 Louisville. South Dakota was in the RPI top-50 in each of the last two years (42 in 2020,  38 in 2019) and Ohio perennially finds itself in the top-100 of the RPI.

• NKU is 1-4 all-time against the Buckeyes, but all four meetings came between 1977-81.

• NKU is 2-0 versus Ohio all-time, with wins coming in the 1982 and 1984 seasons.

• With last year’s #HLVB Tournament semifinal appearance, the Norse have now reached at least the semifinals of their conference tournament seven-straight years, equating to every season eligible for conference postseason tournament play (2014-present) since reclassifying to NCAA Division I beginning in 2012.

• NKU was chosen third in the #HLVB preseason poll.

• Over the last three seasons, NKU is a combined 49-28 (.636 winning percentage).

• NKU had five players average more than 2.00 kills per set last year and four return this season as well – OH Anna Brinkmann, S/RS Miranda Wucherer, MB/Opp Abby Kanakry, and OH Reilly Briggs.

• Over the course of her career, Brinkmann has averaged 2.73 kills and 2.74 digs per set, but those numbers have climbed every season. On the attack, Brinkmann has gone from 2.18 kps (2018) to 3.00 kps (2019) to 3.50 kps (2020). In the back row, she’s elevated her numbers from 1.99 dps (2018) to 3.21 dps (2019) to 3.45  (2020).

• Brinkmann is a two-time All-Horizon League First Team performer who was also named to the AVCA All-Northeast Region Honorable Mention Team in 2019.

• Wucherer is a versatile asset for the Norse. She’s amassed 33 double-doubles in her career, including six triple doubles. Wucherer ranked second in the nation in last year’s CoVID shortened season with two triple doubles. The senior averaged 5.71 aps, 2.08 kps and 2.41 dps and was named to the All-Horizon League First Team.

• Kanakry registered 2.98 kills per set last year behind a highly efficient .293 hitting percentage. She closed the season hitting over .400 in four of the team’s final five matches. During that five match run, she averaged 3.47 kps at a .410 hitting clip.

• Kanakry exploded for a career-high 20 kills on the strength of .486 hitting in NKU’s #HLVB semifinal match, earning a spot on the all-tournament team for the second-straight year.

• Briggs was third on the team in kills, racking up 2.50 kps. She improved her terminations from 1.83 as a freshman.

• DS/L Anna Burke will don the libero jersey for the Norse. She improved from 0.96 dps as a freshman to 1.70 dps her sophomore season. Burke was a terror at the service line last year, racking up 14 aces (0.32 aces per set), which included tying NKU’s Division I record of six against Green Bay last season.

• S Katy Yopko contributed 4.91 assists and 1.70 digs per set in her freshman campaign.

• The Norse welcomed three newcomers, OH Joy Banks, MB Sequoia Hunt and DS/L Lucy Cluxton. Banks was an Under Armour High School All-America Honorable Mention honoree after averaging 5.7 kills behind .401 hitting as a senior. Hunt hit .330 and terminated 113 kills en route to earning KVCA All-State Honorable Mention Status. Cluxton amassed 191 digs, 187 kills and 44 aces as a senior.



Bryan McEldowney

Assistant Athletic Director

Communications and Media Services

Northern Kentucky University


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