Holmes had 20 kills against SIUE
Mo. - Heather Bonde and Kindra Westendorf combined for 32 kills
and eight blocks as Southern Illinois at Edwardsville held off Northern
Kentucky University, 23-30, 33-31, 30-14, 28-30, 15-13, in the semifinals
of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament on Friday.
GLVC Player of the Year, finished with 18 kills and four blocks.
Westendorf had 14 kills and four blocks as second-seeded SIUE (26-5)
extended its winning streak to 17 consecutive matches.
added 12 kills and 10 blocks for the Cougars, who finished with
32 block assists and advanced to the GLVC Tournament championship
match for the second straight season.
SIUE now owns
five consecutive victories over NKU, including a three-game sweep
in last year’s GLVC Tournament semifinals at Evansville, Ind.
The Norse have not beaten the Cougars since Sept. 28, 2002.
hitter Liz Holmes led third-seeded NKU (26-7) with 20 kills and
a .421 hitting percentage. Holmes also had 13 digs and two service
aces for the Norse, who hit .174 for the match.
Andrea Lanham finished with 55 assists and six kills for NKU, while
teammate Tristen Dye added 12 kills. Kristina Eisenmenger had 11
kills, and Lynne Fischesser tallied nine kills, six blocks and seven
collected a match-high 21 digs for NKU. The Norse, who served up
20 aces Thursday to defeat Lewis, had just four aces against SIUE.
served up 10 winners against NKU on Friday.
NKU is ranked
10th in the latest NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region poll. Eight
teams from each of the nation’s eight regions will be selected
when the pairings for the NCAA Tournament are announced Sunday.