Liz Holmes (8) and Chelsea Clark (4) attempt to block a Rockhurst
attack during Friday’s GLVC Tournament quarterfinals
at Indianapolis. Rockhurst rallied to knock off No. 25 NKU
in five games. The Norse are 26-8 overall.
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- By Great Lakes Valley Conference travel standards, a trip to the
University of Indianapolis is extremely short for Northern Kentucky
And short would
also describe the NKU volleyball team's stay at the GLVC Tournament,
which began Friday and also ended in the opening round for the Norse.
off NKU, 26-30, 30-24, 25-30, 30-25, 15-12, at the Ruth Lilly Center
to advance to the GLVC Tournament semifinals. The Hawks (22-11)
rallied from a 2-1 deficit in games and sent the 25th-ranked Norse
(26-8) packing for home painfully early.
It marked the
second straight year NKU suffered a first-round elimination in the
GLVC Tournament. Last season, Indianapolis knocked off the Norse
in the opening round.
also left the Norse at the mercy of the NCAA Division II national
selection committee, which will decide the 64-team field this weekend.
NKU is ranked No. 5 in the latest Great Lakes Region poll and, given
its tough schedule and victories against Ashland, Hillsdale and
Southern Illinois at Edwardsville this season, would appear a lock
to receive an at-large berth.
But that's assuming
upset winners in both the GLVC and Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic
Conference don't steal the automatic bids. NKU, however, can do
nothing now but wait for the announcement on Monday.
hammered down 25 kills and attacked at a .404 clip to lead NKU,
which hit only .183 for the match. The junior right-side hitter
also added five blocks. Liz Holmes finished with 22 kills and 12
digs, but the Rockhurst defense held NKU's standout middle hitter
to a .216 hitting percentage.
was named GLVC Player of the Year earlier in the week, also added
four blocks. Natalie Forbes dished out 64 assists and collected
a team-leading 16 digs, while Tristen Dye had 19 kills and 14 digs.
balanced offensive attack featured five players who recorded double-figure
kill totals. Audrey Boese and Rachel Fowler each had 13 kills, while
Emily Crowley added 11 kills. Fowler finished with eight blocks
for the Hawks, who finished with an 18-10 edge in team blocks over
the smaller Norse. Savannah Leeper had nine blocks and 10 kills.
NKU held a 2-1
lead after three games, but Rockhurst pulled out a 30-25 decision
in the fourth stanza to set up the deciding set. The Hawks jumped
out to a 3-0 lead in the final game and hit .385 en route to the
victory. Boese ended the match by converting an attack, sending
NKU to the sideline to await the NCAA Tournament pairings.