Eisenmenger slams down a kill Friday
Ky. - A senior night isn't complete unless the home team picks up
a victory, and Northern Kentucky University made sure that mission
was accomplished Friday evening in Regents Hall.
And in memorable,
come-from-behind fashion against Drury.
its two senior volleyball players (Andrea Lanham and Jennifer Wirtz)
prior to the match, NKU rallied for a 16-30, 30-28, 27-30, 30-26,
15-2 win over Drury. The Norse attacked at a .923 clip in the fifth
game, converting 12 kills in 13 attempts without an error, to pull
out the victory.
slammed down five kills in five attempts in the fifth game and finished
with 21 kills, 18 digs and a .333 hitting percentage. Andrea Price
had three of her 16 kills in the fifth game and hit .367 for the
match. The freshman outside hitter from St. Henry High School also
added 17 digs as NKU improved to 19-11 overall, 10-5 in the Great
Lakes Valley Conference.
A year ago,
Drury knocked off NKU in a five-game thriller at Springfield, Mo.
The same type of drama unfolded again Friday night as Drury made
its first-ever appearance in Regents Hall. The Panthers wasted no
time against NKU, jumped out to a 20-9 lead and coasted to a 30-16
back in the second game and hit .421 en route to a 30-28 win. With
the score tied at 28-all, Kristina Eisenmenger hammered down an
attack to give NKU a 29-28 edge. An attack error by Drury gave the
Norse a 30-28 victory and tied the match at a game apiece.
had eight kills and hit .500 in the second game, while Dye added
four kills and attacked at a .571 clip.
a 30-27 win over NKU in the third game, but the Norse rallied behind
Eisenmenger and Lanham in the fourth set to take a 30-26 victory
and send the match to a deciding fifth game. Eisenmenger collected
six of her team-leading 22 kills and hit .667 in the fourth game,
while Lanham added three kills in four attempts and dished out 15
players react during the fifth game
NKU scored the
first four points of the deciding game and built an 11-1 lead behind
the play of Dye, Price and Liz Holmes, who put down three missile-like
attacks on the Drury side of the court in the fifth set. Holmes
finished with 16 kills, 14 digs and a .379 hitting percentage.
Holmes, a graduate
of Mercy High School in Cincinnati, upped her career total in kills
to 1,245. She is also attacking at a .391 clip this season.
Lanham, a graduate
of Notre Dame Academy, dished out 63 assists, served up five aces
and added nine digs for NKU. She now has 4,566 career assists and
ranks second all-time in Norse history in that category.
The Norse hit
.341 as a team and finished with a 76-45 advantage in digs Friday.
led Drury (13-15, 6-9 GLVC) with 17 kills. The Panthers, in their
second season of competing in the GLVC, hit .251 as a team.
NKU will close
out GLVC regular-season play at 2 p.m. Saturday against Rockhurst,
which is ranked No. 17 nationally in the Division II poll. NKU is
currently tied with Indianapolis for fourth place in the GLVC standings
with 9-5 records, and those two teams will meet in the first round
of the GLVC Tournament.
at Edwardsville has already clinched the No. 1 seed in the GLVC
Tournament, which begins Nov. 2. NKU and Indianapolis played twice
this season, and the Greyhounds won both meetings with the Norse.