Holmes challenges Nathalia Rivera
Ky. - For a moment, it appeared Northern Kentucky University had
pulled off a remarkable comeback victory Saturday afternoon. After
dropping the first two games, the Norse had battled back against
No. 17 Rockhurst and held match point in the fifth game.
refused to fold and tied the game at 14-all on a kill by Alison
Larson. The Hawks scored three of the next four points to close
out a thrilling, exhausting 30-25, 30-24, 27-30, 28-30, 17-15 win
over NKU in Regents Hall.
to 25-4 overall, 14-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. NKU
- which knocked off No. 25 Findlay earlier in the week - fell to
19-12 overall, 10-6 in the GLVC.
NKU came out
strong in the opening game and built a 6-0 lead behind the play
of Tristen Dye. The junior outside hitter opened the match with
a kill and then served up three consecutive aces. Andrea Lanham
and Kristina Eisenmenger followed with kills to make it 6-0, forcing
Rockhurst to call a timeout.
The Hawks responded
with a 19-6 run to take a 19-12 lead. Rockhurst hit .333 to win
the opener by a 30-25 score, and the Hawks attacked at a .354 clip
to take the second game.
Dye and Eisenmenger
keyed a 30-27 NKU victory in the third game by combining for 12
kills. The Norse hit .372 in that stanza and allowed Rockhurst to
convert just .229 of its attack attempts. Dye finished off the game
with a kill off a set from Lanham.
NKU built a
21-13 lead in the fourth game, but Rockhurst countered with a 13-5
run to tie the score at 26-all. With the game tied at 28-all, Kate
Niemier served the ball out of bounds to give NKU a 29-28 edge.
Dye came through again on game point by converting an attack as
NKU tied the match at 2-2.
control early in the deciding game, building a 5-0 lead. The Hawks
extended their advantage to 11-4 after Rachel Fowler recorded a
kill, but NKU rallied in big-time fashion.
Dye, Liz Holmes
and Nicole Baker each notched two kills during an 8-1 run as NKU
tied the game at 12-all.
Dye slams an attack Saturday
points, NKU took a 14-13 lead when Eisenmenger hammered down an
attack. Dye served at match point, but Rockhurst set the ball for
Larson, who took the set from Amanda Hydorn and tied the game at
14-all with a kill.
holding a 16-15 lead, Fowler ended the match by slamming down a
kill from the middle. NKU hit .417 in the fifth game, while Rockhurst
Dye led all
attackers with 23 kills, and she attacked at a .365 clip for the
match. She also added 14 digs and four aces. Holmes had 19 kills
and 17 digs, and the junior middle hitter attacked at a .419 clip.
finished with 18 kills and five blocks, while Andrea Price recorded
a double-double with 13 kills and 14 digs. Lanham also collected
a double-double with 72 assists and 18 digs. The senior setter also
served up five aces and had three blocks.
Fowler and Larson
each had 20 kills to pace Rockhurst. Nathalia Rivera added 18 kills
for the Hawks, who earned the No. 2 seed in the upcoming GLVC Tournament
with the win.
fifth in the GLVC and will meet No. 4 seed Indianapolis in the opening
round of the GLVC Tournament at 6 p.m. (EST) Thursday at Edwardsville,
Ill. NKU and Indianapolis played twice this season, and the Greyhounds
won both meetings with the Norse.
NKU closes out
the regular season Monday at 7 p.m. with a non-conference match
against Charleston (W. Va.) in Regents Hall. The Norse need one
victory to reach the 20-win plateau for the 14th consecutive season.