Annie Lucas attacks against Rockhurst on Thursday night as
teammates Kristina Eisenmenger (25) and Tristen Dye (10) watch.
NKU clinched its 15th straight 20-win season by sweeping the
Ky. - Northern Kentucky University clinched its 15th consecutive
20-win season Thursday night by posting a 31-29, 30-26, 30-24 victory
over Rockhurst in Regents Hall.
hammered down 18 kills and attacked at a .405 clip for NKU, which
improved to 20-5 overall, 9-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Liz Holmes added 16 kills and finished with 11 digs as the 25th-ranked
Norse swept the visiting Hawks.
entered the match tied for the national lead in hitting percentage,
attacked at a .429 clip against Rockhurst. She now has 1,687 career
kills and is 16 shy of becoming NKU's all-time leader in that category.
is currently No. 1 in Norse history with 1,702 career kills.
finished with 13 kills and 11 digs for NKU, which is ranked No.
4 in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region poll. Natalie Forbes
directed the offense to a .324 hitting percentage and finished with
47 assists, 20 digs and six kills.
the opener by a 31-29 score, NKU fell behind 10-2 to begin the second
game. The Norse responded with a 12-4 run and tied the game at 14-all.
Eisenmenger, a junior right-side hitter and a Notre Dame Academy
graduate, later took over offensively by converting five straight
kills to give NKU a 21-18 lead. She collected nine kills in the
second game as NKU pulled out a 30-26 win.
NKU built a
20-12 lead in the third game, but Rockhurst battled back and pulled
to within 25-24. The Norse then scored five straight points, capped
by a service ace from Brittany Dixon, to end the game and take the
7-4 GLVC) hit just .213 for the match, including .068 in the final
game. Audrey Boese led the Hawks with 16 kills, and Rachel Fowler
added 12 kills.
had 13 digs for NKU, which finished with a 72-65 edge in that category.
Freshman middle blocker Annie Lucas made an impact at the net for
the Norse with three blocks and a kill.
NKU will play
host to Drury at 7 p.m. Friday.