Wirtz attacks against Georgetown
Ky. - For Northern Kentucky University, Friday’s 7 p.m. Great
Lakes Valley Conference showdown against Indianapolis in Regents
Hall represents more than just another volleyball match. Just consider
and NKU both have one loss in the GLVC, and each team is trying
to remain close to league-leading Southern Illinois at Edwardsville
(13-2, 6-0 GLVC).
already owns a victory over NKU, a three-game sweep on Sept. 9.
The Norse can’t afford another loss to the Greyhounds and
realistically expect to earn the No. 1 seed in the GLVC Tournament.
has played one of the toughest schedules in the nation and enters
Friday with an 8-7 overall record, 3-1 in the GLVC. Indianapolis
is 12-4 overall, 4-1 in the GLVC.
Norse could use a big regional victory, and defeating Indianapolis
would do the trick.
NKU has won
three straight matches entering Friday, including a 3-0 sweep at
Bellarmine on Tuesday night. Tristen Dye collected 12 kills and
hit .400 for NKU. The junior outside hitter also had 15 digs.
Liz Holmes added
10 kills and attacked at a .625 clip for the Norse, who finished
with a .438 hitting percentage. Holmes, who was named GLVC Player
of the Week on Monday, also collected six digs and two solo blocks.
Friday with 1,019 career kills and in 11th place in NKU history
in that category. Deb Holford currently ranks No. 10 in Norse history
with 1,047 career kills, and Holmes could vault past Holford this
NKU has now
defeated Bellarmine 28 consecutive times. The Norse have not lost
to the Knights since the 1992 GLVC Tournament.
NKU ranks No.
2 in the GLVC in hitting percentage at .268. Indianapolis is No.
1 at .274.
to Indianapolis, NKU will also play host to Saint Joseph's at 2
p.m. Saturday. The Norse continue the homestand Monday at 7 p.m.
when West Virginia State visits Regents Hall.