- Liz Holmes and Kristina Eisenmenger combined for 31 kills and
seven blocks Friday afternoon as Northern Kentucky University began
the season with a 30-22, 25-30, 30-24, 30-26 victory over North
Dakota in the North Alabama Classic.
down 18 kills and hit .452 for the Norse, while Eisenmenger added
13 kills and a .440 hitting percentage. NKU attacked at a .355 clip
for the match as setter Natalie Forbes dished out 36 assists.
collected a double-double with 12 kills and 11 digs. Dye also served
up seven aces for NKU, which finished with 13 aces and 22 serving
The NKU defense
limited North Dakota to a .142 hitting percentage. The taller Fighting
Sioux, in their final season of competition as a NCAA Division II
member after deciding to reclassify to Division I status, were led
by Britta Hanson's 13 kills.
and Chelsea Clark each finished with eight digs for NKU, which used
a 4-1 spurt to end the match in the fourth game. Holmes had two
kills during the run, and Clark gave NKU the victory with a kill
on match point. Clark added five kills and attacked at a .308 clip
for the Norse in her collegiate debut.
series between NKU and North Dakota is now tied at 1-1.
NKU will take
on No. 9 North Alabama tonight at 8 p.m. On Saturday, NKU plays
No. 8 Ashland - the defending NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region
champion. In addition, the Norse play Tusculum on Saturday.