Tenn. - Liz Holmes hammered down a career-high 30 kills and added
17 digs Friday as the Northern Kentucky University volleyball team
outlasted Palm Beach Atlantic, 30-24, 28-30, 22-30, 30-27, 21-19,
at the Lady Eagle Classic.
Holmes, a sophomore
middle hitter and a graduate of Mercy High School in Cincinnati,
also added three service aces and a .365 hitting percentage as NKU
survived four match points in the fifth game to rally for the victory.
Holmes converted five kills in the fifth game, and the Norse took
advantage of two attacking errors by Palm Beach Atlantic for the
final points of the match.
Atlantic, which won the National Christian College Athletic Association
national championship last season, dropped to 1-1. The Sailfish,
who jumped out to a 2-1 lead after three games in the two-hour,
15-minute match with NKU, are dual members of the NCCAA and NCAA
hitter Tristen Dye finished with 21 kills and 16 digs for NKU. Freshman
right-side hitter Kristina Eisenmenger notched nine kills and five
blocks for the Norse, while freshman setter Natalie Forbes added
33 assists, four kills, nine digs and three service aces.
Andrea Lanham dished out 32 assists and had five kills for NKU.
Sophomore libero Maria Tieman collected 19 digs and served up two
aces, while senior middle hitter Lynne Fischesser added 13 digs
and three blocks.
and Julie Lewis each finished with five kills for NKU, which later
rallied to defeat Newberry (S.C.), 30-22, 27-30, 23-30, 30-17, 15-8.
Holmes and Dye each recorded 23 kills to lead the Norse (6-1) to
their fifth consecutive victory.
added 15 kills - five in the fifth game - and a .448 hitting percentage.
She also served up five aces and three blocks. Lanham finished with
39 assists, two service aces and two blocks for NKU.
The Norse will
conclude the tournament Saturday with matches against Christian
Brothers (9 a.m.) and host Carson-Newman (11:15 a.m.).