Holmes enters her senior season with 1,295 career kills. She
is aiming to become the only three-time All-American in Norse
Ky. - Only a handful of college volleyball teams around the nation
can claim to own 14 consecutive 20-win seasons.
University can do just that, and the Norse hope to make it 15 straight
20-win seasons in 2007. The return of four starters from last year’s
20-13 campaign should make getting to the 20-win mark an attainable
goal, and the presence of two-time All-America selection Liz Holmes
could elevate NKU into contention for the Great Lakes Valley Conference
championship this fall.
her senior season with 1,295 career kills, which ranks eighth in
Norse history. A year ago, the powerhouse middle hitter led the
GLVC in hitting percentage (.396, which was No. 3 nationally) and
earned a spot on the All-GLVC first team for the third straight
She is now aiming
to become the only three-time All-American in NKU volleyball history.
Norse head coach Carlos Chia said Holmes is definitely one of the
top players in the nation, and that she could be the best in the
GLVC this season.
so many things besides attack. She plays great defense, is a good
server and is a fine leader,” Chia said. “The fact she
is a two-time All-American says a great deal about her talent and
ability. I look for her to challenge for GLVC Player of the Year
honors this season, and she is our go-to player.”
is senior outside hitter Tristen Dye, who earned a spot on the All-GLVC
first team last season. Dye finished with 399 kills and hit .282
as a junior. She also recorded 314 digs and served up 39 aces.
outside hitter Tristen Dye earned a spot on the All-GLVC first
team last year after recording 399 kills, 314 digs and 39
is entering her fourth year as a starter, and she is a great competitor.
Her experience and leadership will be very important for us this
season,” Chia said.
hitter Kristina Eisenmenger was named All-GLVC second team after
notching 420 kills and a .340 hitting percentage. She also earned
a spot on the Daktronics All-Great Lakes Region second team.
hitter Elizabeth Droessler and senior defensive specialist Brittany
Dixon add experience to the roster. Junior Natalie Forbes will step
in at setter for four-year starter Andrea Lanham, who finished second
in Norse history with 4,726 assists.
specialist Megan Dooley is back after finishing with 56 service
aces last season. Dooley’s bazooka-like serve helped her rank
fourth in the GLVC in aces last fall.
recruiting class includes two-time NJCAA All-America libero Katie
Latenser, who helped Johnson County Community College win the 2005
national championship. University of Cincinnati transfer Laurie
Weber could also challenge for playing time at setter.
- outside hitter Chelsea Clark, middle blocker Annie Lucas, middle
hitter Samantha Williams and outside/middle hitter Morgan Elyea
- also join the team in 2007.
some experience, but we also have new players who will have to learn
our system,” Chia said. “Our conference is loaded with
good teams, and the Great Lakes Region is one of the best in the
nation. Our schedule is very tough, but you have to play good teams
if you want to compete for the NCAA Tournament."
at Edwardsville and Lewis were selected as the favorites to claim
division crowns in the preseason poll. SIUE, in its final season
in the GLVC after announcing its intention to reclassify to NCAA
Division I status, is the pick to claim the GLVC West. SIUE (29-6
last season, 16-0 GLVC) received 36 total points and six first-place
votes to top the GLVC West poll. The Cougars, defending GLVC regular-season
champions, return four starters from last year’s NCAA Division
II Tournament participant.
Lewis was the
choice to win the GLVC East. The Flyers (25-6, 14-2 GLVC) captured
the GLVC Tournament championship last season and received 35 points
and five first-place votes. NKU and Indianapolis tied for second
place in the GLVC East preseason poll with 29 total points. NKU
also received two first-place votes from the coaches.
This will mark
the first time since 2001 that GLVC volleyball has gone to divisional
play. Each school will play divisional foes twice during the season
and teams in the opposite division once. The top three teams from
each division and two wild-card squads will advance to the GLVC
Tournament Nov. 8-10.
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