will lead NKU in 2006
Ky. - In the first two weeks of the upcoming volleyball season,
Northern Kentucky University will play five teams which qualified
for the 2005 NCAA Division II Tournament.
One of those
matches is against defending NCAA Division II national champion
Grand Valley State on a neutral court on Sept. 2. NKU will also
meet four other teams that were in last year’s final national
poll - No. 3 Tampa, No. 9 North Alabama, No. 13 Lock Haven and No.
19 Florida Gulf Coast - before starting Great Lakes Valley Conference
action Sept. 8 at Saint Joseph’s.
The Norse begin
the season Aug. 24 at Fort Myers, Fla., against Florida Gulf Coast
(27-4 record last year). The following day, NKU will play at Tampa
(29-4 last year) and conclude its Florida trip Aug. 26 with a match
against Lock Haven (33-6).
which posted a 36-2 record last season and won the national championship
in 2003, will play NKU on Sept. 2 at Ashland, Ohio. That match will
follow the Norse’s showdown with Grand Valley State.
NKU will play
host to defending GLVC champion Southern Illinois at Edwardsville
on Oct. 6. Southern Indiana, the 2004 GLVC champion, visits Regents
Hall the following afternoon.
to the GLVC Tournament semifinals last season. The Norse bowed out
in a five-game loss to SIUE at Kansas City, Mo.
back five starters from last year’s 26-7 team to battle the
rugged schedule. The Norse will feature junior middle hitter Liz
Holmes, who led the team in kills (471), hitting percentage (.351),
blocks (88) and service aces (65) last season.
had 315 digs and emerged as one of the top players in the nation,
earning honorable mention All-America accolades. The 5-foot-10 Holmes
has recorded 868 kills and 580 digs in two seasons with the Norse.
of Mercy High School in Cincinnati, Holmes was tabbed first team
All-GLVC as well as All-Great Lakes Region by the AVCA last year.
hitter Kristina Eisenmenger recorded 375 kills and a .325 hitting
percentage to earn Great Lakes Region Freshman of the Year honors
last season. The Notre Dame Academy graduate also earned first team
Andrea Lanham, a four-year starter who ranks No. 2 in school history
with 3,477 career assists, returns to the lineup. Lanham earned
second team All-GLVC honors last season and led the GLVC in service
aces at 0.58 sapg.
Also a graduate
of Notre Dame Academy, Lanham served up a school-record nine consecutive
aces in the opening round of the GLVC Tournament against Lewis last
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