Holmes attacks against Rockhurst during the GLVC Tournament.
Holmes was named to the AVCA’s NCAA Division II All-America
first team on Monday. NKU setter Natalie Forbes (bottom) and
Kristina Eisenmenger each earned honorable mention All-America
Ky. - Northern Kentucky University’s Liz Holmes has been selected
to the NCAA Division II All-America first team, the American Volleyball
Coaches Association announced Monday.
Holmes, a senior
middle hitter and a product of Cincinnati Mercy High School, finished
her career as NKU’s all-time leader with 1,850 kills. Holmes
earned Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year honors this
fall and topped the league in hitting percentage (.432), kills (4.55
kpg) and points (5.37).
Holmes was named the Great Lakes Region Player of the Year and became
the first NKU player to earn AVCA All-America honors three times.
In 2005 and '06, Holmes earned honorable mention All-America accolades
from the AVCA.
She is just
the third Norse standout to be selected to the All-America first
team, joining Jessica Buroker (1999) and Kristin Koralewski (2003).
Holmes was also named to the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America
first team this season.
second in NKU history in block assists (291), sixth in solo blocks
(63) and seventh in digs (1,191). She recorded 555 kills this season,
the fifth-highest single-season total in Norse history.
Two other NKU
players - Kristina Eisenmenger and Natalie Forbes - were named honorable
mention All-Americans by the AVCA.
a junior right-side hitter and a graduate of Notre Dame Academy,
finished No. 2 in the GLVC in hitting percentage (.392) and No.
4 in kills (4.15 kpg). She also joined the NKU 1,000-kills club
this season and will enter her senior year with 1,276 career kills.
Forbes, a junior
setter and a Highlands High School graduate, directed the NKU offense
to the top of the GLVC statistics in hitting percentage at .296.
She averaged 13.52 assists per game and recorded 14 double-doubles
NKU posted a
26-9 record this season and advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament
for the first time since 2003. The Norse were nationally ranked
most of the season and finished third in the GLVC East Division.
AVCA NCAA Division II All-Americans
Hillsdale, OH, Sr.
Minnesota Duluth, Opp., Sr.
Tampa, MB, Sr.
Southwest Minnesota State, OH, Sr.
Tampa, OH, Sr.
Cal State-San Bernardino, Opp., Jr.
Northern Kentucky, MH, Sr.
Washburn, Opp., Sr.
Concordia-St. Paul, S, So.
Western Washington, DS/L, Sr.
Tampa, DS/L, Sr.
Minnesota Duluth, OH, Sr.