collects a kill against Lewis
Ky. - For most of Saturday afternoon in Regents Hall, Lewis dominated
the net against Northern Kentucky University with its superior height
and blocking ability.
But when it
came down to winning time in the fifth game, it was the Norse who
produced the key plays and blocks.
and Kristina Eisenmenger combined for block assists on two consecutive
points in the deciding game as NKU pulled out a 30-32, 30-25, 24-30,
30-28, 15-11 win over Lewis. Eisenmenger also recorded 21 kills
as the Norse rallied to hand Lewis its first loss in Great Lakes
Valley Conference play.
to 16-4 overall, 5-2 in the GLVC. Lewis dropped to 11-5 overall,
4-1 in the GLVC.
The match might
have not reached a fifth game if not for the play of NKU junior
outside hitter Jennifer Wirtz, who tallied 17 kills. Wirtz notched
four clutch kills in the fourth game as the Norse pulled out a 30-28
out to a 4-0 advantage in the fifth game, but Lewis rallied and
tied the score at 5-all. That set the stage for Fischesser and Eisenmenger
- both graduates of Notre Dame Academy - to literally block Lewis’
hopes of winning the match.
With NKU holding
an 11-8 lead, Lewis outside hitter Theresa Nugent attempted an attack
that was blocked by Fischesser and Eisenmenger. The next point was
identical, as Nugent’s attack was again stuffed by Fischesser
and Eisenmenger for a 13-8 Norse advantage.
with an attack
added a kill to give NKU a 14-9 lead, and Eisenmenger later closed
out the victory for the Norse by slamming down her 21st kill as
the Norse took a 15-11 win. In the fifth game, NKU recorded six
block assists, while Lewis had just one solo block by Nugent.
had seven blocks and hit .280 for the match. Tristen Dye collected
18 kills for NKU, while teammate Liz Holmes added 15 kills and 22
digs. The Norse finished with 110 digs as a team, compared to 71
- another graduate of Notre Dame Academy - ran the NKU offense and
dished out 71 assists. She also added 22 digs and five kills.
had 14 digs and two service aces, while Natalie Forbes served up
three aces and had 12 digs. NKU hit .215 for the match, while Lewis
attacked at a .177 clip.
with five solo blocks and 24 block assists. Sarah McKinney led the
Flyers with 15 kills. Aubrey Dondlinger added 14 kills, while Nugent
finished with 13 kills, three solo blocks and six block assists.
NKU will play
a non-conference match at Wheeling Jesuit on Thursday. The Norse
will resume GLVC play Oct. 14 with a match against defending league
champion Southern Indiana at Evansville, Ind.
NKU will also
meet preseason GLVC favorite Southern Illinois at Edwardsville on
Oct. 15 at Edwardsville, Ill.