Neumeyer tops 1,000 kills as Vikings blank Knox

Lawrence's Arianna Neumeyer passed 1,000 kills in the Vikings' 3-0 victory over Knox.
Lawrence's Arianna Neumeyer passed 1,000 kills in the Vikings' 3-0 victory over Knox.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University volleyball star Arianna Neumeyer passed 1,000 career kills Friday in the Vikings' 3-0 Midwest Conference win over Knox College at Alexander Gymnasium.

Lawrence downed the Prairie Fire 25-19, 25-16, 25-19.

Neumeyer pounded out a match-best 16 kills en route to a .368 hitting percentage for the match. Neumeyer now has 1,009 kills for her career to go with more than 1,000 digs. She is just the third player in school history to post 1,000 kills and digs. Neumeyer also collected 11 digs and three aces in the match.

Caitlin Chambers added seven kills and Sophia Galassini added five as the Vikings hit .284 for the match. Senior Katie Kumbalek led the defense as she piled up 20 of Lawrence's 56 digs. The Vikings also picked up 12 blocks, with Galassini and Emily Hoeft collecting four apiece.

Lawrence took control in the opening set after it was tied at 13-13. The Vikings rattled off a 10-3 run to build a 23-16 lead and captured the opening set.

Lawrence raced out to a 9-1 lead in the second set and Knox never got closer than eight points the rest of the way. In the final set, Lawrence opened up an early 11-4 lead, and Knox never got closer than six points the rest of the way.