- When the AVCA national rankings are released for NCAA Division
II volleyball next week, look for Northern Kentucky University to
be included in the top 25.
Given what they
accomplished during the opening weekend of the season at the North
Alabama Classic, the Norse have earned a spot among the nation's
elite in the poll.
On Friday, NKU
shocked No. 9 North Alabama in five games on the Lions' home floor.
And less than 24 hours later, the Norse knocked off No. 8 Ashland,
30-25, 32-30, 30-25, to finish the weekend 4-0.
recorded 16 kills and 12 digs to lead NKU in the victory against
Ashland, which is the defending champion of the NCAA Division II
Great Lakes Region. Liz Holmes added 10 kills for the Norse, who
held Ashland star outside hitter Mary Kate Glowe to eight kills
and a -.026 hitting percentage.
away from her, and tried to keep her from getting into any kind
of rhythm," NKU assistant coach Michaele Blackburn said of
the defense's success in containing Glowe. "That does not always
work, but it forced her into trying to tip and roll, and our players
did a great job of keeping (Ashland's) offense out of rhythm."
Glowe, an All-Great
Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standout who led Ashland
to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight last season, finished with nine
attacking errors. As a team, Ashland hit .171, while NKU attacked
at a .200 clip. The Norse finished with a 57-33 advantage in digs
as Dye, Brittany Dixon and Katie Latenser each collected 12.
added nine kills for NKU, which rallied from a 27-25 deficit in
the second game to pick up a 32-30 win. Holmes and Dye each tallied
kills to tie the score at 27-all, and the Norse closed out the second
game with a kill by Eisenmenger and an ace by Latenser.
finished with 39 assists and five digs for NKU. Chelsea Clark added
five kills and seven digs.
NKU begins its
home season Tuesday night when Indiana Tech visits Regents Hall
for a 7 p.m. match. That match can also be heard live on the Internet