Kristina Eisenmenger attacks during the second game against
Indiana Tech’s Jenny Vogelgesang. The Norse posted a
30-26, 30-25, 30-28 win to remain unbeaten (5-0).
Ky. - The word probably sounds like sweet music to the Northern
Kentucky University volleyball team, even if it is just late August.
That word is
"unbeaten," which the Norse remained Tuesday night after
dispatching visiting Indiana Tech, 30-26, 30-25, 30-28, in Regents
Hall. NKU improved to 5-0 - its best start since also winning five
straight to open the 2000 season - behind the play of Tristen Dye
and Liz Holmes, a pair of seniors who combined for 32 kills and
with 17 kills and 17 digs, and she attacked at a .325 clip. The
senior outside hitter, who was named Great Lakes Valley Conference
Player of the Week on Monday, also added three service aces and
ended all three games with kills. The Millersburg, Ohio, native
upped her career kills total to 987, and she should become the 12th
NKU player in history to reach 1,000 kills this weekend.
down 15 kills, added 12 digs and hit .481 for the match. The Mother
of Mercy High School graduate also served up four aces.
Natalie Forbes directed the offense and finished with 47 assists.
Junior right-side hitter Kristina Eisenmenger - who keyed a 7-0
run in the second game with four kills that turned a 16-all tie
into a 23-16 NKU lead - added 10 kills and four blocks.
Chelsea Clark and Megan Dooley combined for 23 digs for the Norse
defense. Dixon collected nine digs, while Clark and Dooley each
added seven. Dooley also picked up four kills with attacks from
the back row.
NKU will attempt
to extend its season-opening winning streak this weekend at the
California (Pa.) Tournament. The Norse meet West Virginia State
and California (Pa.) on Friday, and conclude the event Saturday
against West Liberty State and Slippery Rock.
NKU's 1999 squad,
which advanced to the NCAA Division II Final Four before bowing
out to eventual national champion BYU-Hawaii, started the season
7-0 and finished with a 33-2 record. In both 1999 and 2000, Grand
Valley State ended NKU's season-opening win streaks.
powerhouse Lakers will meet NKU in Ashland, Ohio, on Sept. 7 in
a regional showdown.