Mo. - Northern Kentucky University’s Andrea Lanham literally
served up a first-game victory against Lewis in the opening round
of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament on Thursday.
built a 24-21 lead in the first game, Lanham began her barrage of
service aces. The junior setter used her blistering jump serve to
record nine consecutive aces and give NKU a 30-24 win. NKU used
the momentum from the opening stanza to hold off Lewis in four games,
30-24, 30-28, 28-30, 30-26, at the Mason-Halpin Field House.
Lanham, a graduate of
Notre Dame Academy, finished with 49 assists, five kills, five digs
and nine aces. The nine consecutive aces she served to close out
the opening-game win were the most ever recorded in Norse volleyball
which improved to 26-6, served up a total of 20 aces and advanced
to the GLVC Tournament semifinals at 6 p.m. Friday. The
third-seeded Norse will face second-seeded SIUE (25-5) in the semifinals.
its winning streak to 16 consecutive matches by defeating Drury
on Thursday. The Cougars posted a three-game sweep over NKU earlier
this season at Edwardsville, Ill.
SIUE owns four
consecutive victories over NKU. The Norse have not beaten the Cougars
since Sept. 28, 2002.
and Tristen Dye each recorded double-doubles for NKU. Holmes collected
13 kills and 14 digs, while Dye added 11 kills and 12 digs. Holmes
also hit .333 with three blocks.
finished with a team-leading 16 kills, and teammate Lynne Fischesser
served up five aces. Fischesser, a senior and a graduate of Notre
Dame Academy, also recorded a match-high 18 digs and had three kills.
She now has 967 career digs at NKU.
added three aces and seven digs for the Norse, who hit just .164
for the match. NKU, however, held a 20-6 advantage in aces and a
77-69 edge in digs.
had 17 digs for the Norse, and Julie Lewis notched 11 kills.
led sixth-seeded Lewis (17-13) with 20 kills and a .326 hitting
percentage. Nugent also had 14 digs and five blocks.
match is set for 3 p.m. Saturday, and the winner will receive an
automatic berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament.