The North­eastern vol­ley­ball team swept away the com­pe­ti­tion this weekend, win­ning the New Eng­land Classic tour­na­ment. The Huskies dom­i­nated play over the course of three vic­to­ries, lifting their record to 11–3 and giving them a great momentum heading into con­fer­ence play begin­ning next weekend.

On Friday night at Solomon Court, North­eastern downed Boston Col­lege in four sets behind a team-​​high 21 kills from out­side hitter Kelly Bacon—marking a career best for the junior. Junior Nic­hole Kurz chipped in nine kills and four blocks and sopho­more setter Jil­lian Briner added eight kills, 22 assists and seven digs.

In the second match on Sat­urday after­noon at Solomon Court, the Huskies cruised by Har­vard in straight sets (25–17, 25–21, 25–17). Northeastern’s bal­anced attack included nine killed apiece from co-​​captains junior Janelle Tucker and senior Nicole Bishop. Junior Ina Kamenova led North­eastern in assists for the ninth time this season, with 21.

North­eastern closed out the tour­na­ment with another straight-​​set vic­tory over Con­necticut (25–19, 25–17, 25–14) on Sat­urday night at Solomon Court. Bacon amassed a team-​​high 12 kills, marking the 9th time this season that she has led the squad in that cat­e­gory.
The trio of vic­to­ries improved the Huskies’ home record to a per­fect 5–0.

After a busy start to the season in which the Huskies played four tour­na­ments, including one in Cal­i­fornia and another in North Car­olina, the team will now head into league play. North­eastern opens its Colo­nial Ath­letic Asso­ci­a­tion slate against Hof­stra at Solomon Court on Sat­urday at 7 p.m.

Bishop’s strong play has earned her a loyal fol­lowing. A cheering sec­tion at the Con­necticut game, for example, included a group of male stu­dents with let­ters painted on their chests reading “ALL HAIL BISHOP.”

After the big weekend on the court, she praised the team’s tour­na­ment success.

It was huge to play that way this weekend,” she said in a post-​​tournament inter­view. “We worked on the game plan, we focused and we just played North­eastern vol­ley­ball. We’re just going to fine tune, work really hard this week and pre­pare for Hofstra.”