Liz Holmes ranks No. 2 nationally in hitting percentage in
the latest NCAA Division II statistics. The senior middle
hitter is attacking at a .481 clip and has led NKU to a 17-4
Ky. - Northern Kentucky University’s Liz Holmes is slamming
and pounding the volleyball so effectively that she now ranks No.
2 nationally in the latest NCAA Division II statistics.
Holmes is attacking
the ball at a .481 clip and barely trails Tampa’s Erin Clark
(.484) for the top spot in the nation in hitting percentage. The
senior middle hitter from Mercy High School in Cincinnati has converted
328 kills in 553 attempts with 62 errors this season.
A two-time honorable
mention All-America selection by the AVCA, Holmes has led NKU to
a 17-4 record this season and a No. 22 national ranking. She has
been at her best against many of the nation’s top teams, as
evidenced by her 23 kills and .450 hitting percentage last week
during a four-game win over then-No. 12 Southern Illinois at Edwardsville.
added 18 digs in that NKU victory, which snapped SIUE’s Great
Lakes Valley Conference regular-season winning streak at 37. She
followed that performance a day later with 20 kills and a .704 hitting
percentage during a sweep of Southern Indiana.
79 kills to pass Bethany Gastright (1,702 kills) for the top spot
in Norse history, and she is looking to become just the third NKU
player to earn first team All-America honors. Jessica Buroker (1999)
and Kristin Koralewski (2003) are currently the only two NKU players
to be named to the AVCA All-America first team.
As a team, NKU
ranks No. 2 nationally in hitting percentage at .310. Tampa leads
the nation in hitting at .328.
NKU junior setter
Natalie Forbes is No. 7 nationally in assists at 13.17 apg. The
junior from Highlands High School leads the GLVC in that category.
Junior right-side hitter Kristina Eisenmenger is 19th nationally
in hitting at .381.
NKU plays at
Missouri-St. Louis on Thursday night. A year ago, the Tritons swept
the Norse in St. Louis by scores of 30-21, 30-23, 30-27, marking
the first time in history Missouri-St. Louis defeated NKU in volleyball.
The Norse own a 17-1 advantage in the all-time series.
NKU also plays
at Missouri-Rolla on Friday night, and concludes the road trip Saturday
afternoon with a match at Quincy.