---Liz Holmes

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Northern Kentucky University’s Liz Holmes has been awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship of $7,500.

The NCAA awarded 58 postgraduate scholarships of $7,500 each to 29 men and 29 women who participated in fall sports. Holmes was one of 12 volleyball players this year to receive a postgraduate scholarship from the NCAA.

Holmes, a senior middle hitter and a graduate of Mercy High School in Cincinnati, finished her career as NKU’s all-time leader with 1,850 kills and was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America first team as a senior. Holmes earned Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year honors in the fall and topped the league in hitting percentage (.432), kills (4.55 kpg) and points (5.37).

The 5-foot-10 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 in the fall.

Holmes finished 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.

The NCAA annually awards 174 postgraduate scholarships to student-athletes who have excelled academically and athletically and who are in their last year of intercollegiate athletics competition. To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.200 (on a 4.000 scale) or its equivalent and must have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team in the sport in which the student-athlete was nominated.

The student-athlete must have behaved, both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics. The student-athlete also must intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.