- Northern Kentucky University volleyball player Liz Holmes has
been named the 2007-08 Great Lakes Valley Conference NCAA Woman
of the Year winner. She advances to represent the GLVC on the NCAA
national ballot for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Holmes, a graduate
of Mercy High School in Cincinnati, excelled in the classroom, on
the court and in the community during her four years at NKU. As
a senior, the 5-foot-10 middle hitter earned All-America honors
from both the AVCA and Daktronics after averaging 4.55 kills per
game and attacking at a .432 clip. She also was named GLVC Player
of the Year last fall.
a 3.76 cumulative grade point average and earned a bachelor’s
degree in both secondary education and history. She wrapped her
career with the Norse as the school’s career leader in kills
with 1,850. She is second on the NKU all-time list in block assists
(291), seventh in digs (1,191) and sixth in solo blocks (63).
the first volleyball player in Norse history to earn All-America
honors three times by being named to the AVCA’s first team
in 2007. In addition, she earned first team All-GLVC three times
and was named the 2004 GLVC Freshman of the Year.
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 recorded 555 kills as a senior, the
fifth-highest single-season total in Norse history.
Holmes is a
four-time Academic All-GLVC selection, a four-time AVCA All-Academic
Team pick and a four-year member of the NKU Dean’s List. She
was also named to the ESPN the Magazine All-District IV second team.
an impact in a leadership role by serving as the volleyball team
captain for three years and as the NKU Student Athlete Advisory
Committee (SAAC) vice-president for two years. In addition to her
excellence in academics and athletics, Holmes has participated in
numerous community service projects.
in a letter writing campaign for St. Jude’s Children’s
Hospital research fund, volunteered and participated in numerous
benefit walks, assisted in multiple canned good drives and served
as a coach for several youth volleyball teams.
Holmes was named
the 2007 GLVC Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, earned the
NKU Athletic Council Athlete of Distinction Award and NKU Athletic
Council Thomas J. Kearns Career Achievement Award. She was also
named a recipient of a prestigious NCAA postgraduate scholarship.
The NCAA Woman
of the Year award honors senior student-athletes who have distinguished
themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic
achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.
The NCAA selects
one winner for the award annually and will narrow this year’s
nominees to 10 in August.