Ind. - Kristina Eisenmenger and Liz Holmes combined for 10 kills
in the fifth game Friday night as the Northern Kentucky University
volleyball team rallied to stun defending Great Lakes Valley Conference
champion Southern Indiana, 16-30, 21-30, 30-21, 30-24, 15-8, at
the PAC Arena.
hammered down six of her match-high 19 kills in the fifth game,
while Holmes collected four of her 17 kills in the final stanza.
NKU, which improved to 18-4 overall, 6-2 in the GLVC, hit .667 in
the final game to pull out the crucial road victory.
a freshman right-side hitter, dominated the fifth game by converting
all six of her attacks without an error. Southern Indiana, meanwhile,
hit just .176 in the deciding game.
Andrea Lanham recorded 57 assists and nine digs for NKU. Lanham
also became just the fifth player in Norse history to reach 3,000
had 13 kills and seven digs for NKU, while teammate Brittany Dixon
served up four aces and finished with 15 digs. Maria Tieman also
played a key role in the back row by collecting 24 digs.
(14-10 overall, 6-4 GLVC) dominated NKU in the first two games.
The Eagles held NKU to a -.026 attacking percentage in the opening
two stanzas and appeared on the way to an easy victory.
hit .300 in the third game and posted a 30-21 victory. The Norse
then held the Eagles to a .075 attacking percentage in the fourth
stanza to post a 30-24 victory, setting the stage for the fifth-game
heroics by Eisenmenger and Holmes.
- which fed off a raucous crowd of 285 - was led by junior outside
hitter Emily Ryan, who finished with 14 kills and 20 digs.
The Norse will
conclude the road trip Saturday with a match against GLVC preseason
favorite Southern Illinois at Edwardsville. 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
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 a 9-1 record.
Indiana assistant SID Dan McDonnell contributed information to this