Ill. - Tristen Dye became just the eighth volleyball player in Northern
Kentucky University history to record 1,000 digs and 1,000 kills
in a career, but the Norse dropped a four-game decision against
Lewis in the regular-season finale Saturday.
Lewis won by
scores of 30-26, 32-30, 23-30, 34-32 to extend its winning streak
to 11 consecutive matches. The Flyers improved to 27-3 overall,
17-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
23rd nationally in the NCAA Division II poll, is 26-7 overall, 14-5
in the GLVC. The Norse entered Saturday having won four straight
matches, but Lewis limited NKU to a .219 hitting percentage and
swept the season series. Earlier this fall, the Flyers pulled out
a five-game thriller against NKU in Regents Hall.
Dye, a senior
outside hitter from Millersburg, Ohio, finished with 16 kills and
16 digs. The West Holmes High School graduate, who earlier this
season joined the 1,000-kills club at NKU, now has 1,009 career
digs. Dye also served up three aces Saturday afternoon.
Liz Holmes led
NKU with 19 kills and five blocks against Lewis. The senior middle
hitter from Cincinnati Mercy High School also added 11 digs. Kristina
Eisenmenger hammered down 17 kills and attacked at a .361 clip for
the Norse, while setter Natalie Forbes dished out 51 assists. Brittany
Dixon finished with 14 digs for the Norse defense, and Forbes added
Andrea Morrone had 68 assists, 15 digs and attacked at a .368 clip
for Lewis, which will be the No. 2 seed from the GLVC East Division
for the upcoming league tournament. The GLVC Tournament will be
held at Indianapolis, beginning with first-round matches this Friday
NKU is the No.
3 seed from the GLVC East, and the Norse will meet Rockhurst - the
No. 2 seed in the GLVC West - in the opening round at 5 p.m. The
winner of that match will likely meet top-seeded Indianapolis -
which will face either Southern Indiana or Drury in the first round
- in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.