Ky. - In terms of competition, this is the most challenging road
trip the Great Lakes Valley Conference has to offer in volleyball.
And Northern Kentucky University is set to begin that difficult
journey this weekend.
to Evansville, Ind., on Friday for an 8 p.m. match against defending
GLVC champion Southern Indiana at the PAC Arena. The following day,
the Norse will conclude the trip with a match against GLVC preseason
favorite Southern Illinois at Edwardsville.
NKU is 17-4
overall, 5-2 in the GLVC. Southern Indiana - having played one of
the toughest schedules in the nation - is 14-9 overall, 6-3 in the
GLVC. SIUE is 16-5 overall, 6-2 in the GLVC.
The Norse posted
a four-game victory at Wheeling Jesuit last Thursday in a non-conference
match. A pair of service aces by Andrea Lanham late in the second
game keyed NKU’s victory.
owned a 29-28 lead and had already won the opening game by a 30-26
score. Lanham, however, served up an ace to tie the second stanza
at 29-all, and she followed that with another ace to give NKU a
The Norse wrapped
up the game with the next point and went on to defeat Wheeling Jesuit,
26-30, 31-29, 30-20, 30-12.
Lanham, a junior
setter and a graduate of Notre Dame Academy, finished with 43 assists,
seven digs and four aces. Lanham enters this weekend with 2,951
career assists at NKU.
middle hitter Liz Holmes leads the GLVC in hitting percentage (.345)
and kills (4.11 kpg). Holmes is also tied with teammate Lynne Fischesser
for second place in the GLVC in service aces at 0.57 sapg.
NKU is ranked
ninth in the latest NCAA II Great Lakes Region poll. The top eight
teams in that poll will advance to the NCAA Division II Tournament
in November. Southern Indiana and SIUE are tied for sixth place
in the rankings.
of the GLVC Tournament, which will be played on the campus of the
No. 1 seed Nov. 10-12, receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Division
II Tournament. Rockhurst currently leads the GLVC with an 8-1 record.