Holmes had 14 kills vs. Findlay
Ky. - Difficult schedules tend to make teams better at the end of
the season, and that's exactly what Northern Kentucky University
is counting on when it begins play in the Great Lakes Valley Conference
Tournament next week.
faced six nationally ranked teams in the NCAA Division II poll this
season, NKU played yet another Tuesday night when No. 25 Findlay
visited Regents Hall. The Norse put together one of their best efforts
and rolled to a three-game sweep of the Oilers, 30-21, 30-20, 30-28.
attacked at a .463 clip as a team and limited Findlay (20-7) to
a .210 hitting percentage. The Norse won the digging battle by a
46-25 margin and dominated the match with quickness and a fast-paced
offensive attack that confounded the visitors from the Great Lakes
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
quickly as Kristina Eisenmenger had six kills and hit .556 in the
first game to lead the Norse to a 30-21 win. Tristen Dye served
up three aces in the opening game and added five kills.
The NKU attackers
zeroed in on the Findlay side of the court in the second game and
hit .533 en route to a 30-20 victory. Dye and Liz Holmes each hammered
down six kills in that game as the Norse took a commanding 2-0 lead
in the match.
out to a 14-12 lead in the third stanza, but NKU countered with
a 5-0 run to take a 17-14 advantage. Holmes sparked the run with
a pair of kills, and Andrea Price added a service ace.
tied the game at 24-all, NKU scored five of the next seven points
to take a 29-26 lead. The Oilers responded with the next two points
to make it 29-28, but Dye ended the match by slamming down a set
from Andrea Lanham for her 16th kill and a 30-28 NKU victory.
Dye records a kill in the second game Tuesday night
Dye added four
aces, seven digs and a .429 hitting percentage. Holmes attacked
at a .611 clip and had 14 kills, three aces and eight digs. Eisenmenger
finished with 12 kills and a .611 hitting percentage.
the offense and dished out 46 assists. The senior setter also added
four kills, eight digs and a .571 hitting percentage.
recorded 14 kills to lead Findlay, which owned three consecutive
regular-season wins against NKU entering Tuesday night. NKU’s
last regular-season win against Findlay had come on Oct. 23, 2002,
when the Norse pulled out a 30-22, 28-30, 30-24, 31-29 victory at
In 2003, the
two teams played in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional at
Marquette, Mich., and NKU defeated Findlay in four games.
NKU closes out
its GLVC regular-season schedule at home this weekend with matches
against Drury (Friday at 7 p.m.) and Rockhurst (Saturday at 2 p.m.).
NKU will hold Senior Night festivities prior to Friday’s match.
On Saturday, NKU will again face a nationally ranked team when No.
17 Rockhurst visits Regents Hall for the first time since joining
the GLVC. The
Norse will also play host to Charleston (W. Va.) on Oct. 30 at 7
p.m. before leaving for the GLVC Tournament.
NKU is currently
tied with Indianapolis for fourth place in the GLVC standings with
9-5 records, and it appears those two teams will meet in the first
round of the GLVC Tournament. Southern Illinois at Edwardsville
has already clinched the No. 1 seed in the GLVC Tournament, which
begins Nov. 2.