Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University volleyball team spoiled Halloween
eve for Bellarmine by posting a 30-27, 30-27, 31-29 victory against
the Knights on Tuesday night.
Liz Holmes hammered
down 20 kills and attacked at a .533 clip for NKU, which improved
to 25-6 overall, 13-4 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Holmes,
a senior middle hitter and a graduate of Mercy High School in Cincinnati,
also finished with six digs and three blocks.
added 15 kills and 15 digs as the 23rd-ranked Norse defeated Bellarmine
for the 31st consecutive time. NKU is now 55-8 all-time against
Bellarmine, which dropped to 11-16 overall, 6-11 in the GLVC.
NKU has not
lost to Bellarmine since the 1992 GLVC Tournament. The Norse capped
the sweep Tuesday night by rallying from a 26-22 deficit in the
third game with a 9-3 run. Holmes and Dye each slammed down two
kills to key the NKU spurt, and freshman outside hitter Chelsea
Clark converted an attack for match point.
finished with 10 kills and hit .474 for the Norse, who attacked
at a .328 clip for the match. Eisenmenger, a junior right-side hitter
and a Notre Dame Academy graduate, added four blocks, including
ran the offense and dished out 46 assists. The junior setter from
Highlands High School also added seven kills, eight digs and hit
.700 for the match. Elizabeth Droessler collected four kills and
hit .667 with two blocks.
NKU closes out
the regular season this weekend with road matches at Wisconsin-Parkside
(Friday) and Lewis (Saturday). The Norse begin play in the GLVC
Tournament on Nov. 9 at the site of the No. 1 seed, which will likely
At the moment,
NKU is in third place in the GLVC East Division. If the Norse finish
third, they will meet the No. 2 seed from the GLVC West Division
in the opening round on Nov. 9. Rockhurst is currently in second
place in the GLVC West Division.
The Norse are
also ranked No. 4 in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region poll.
Eight teams - automatic berths for the GLVC, Great Lakes Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference and the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic
Conference as well as five at-large bids - will qualify for the
NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional in November.
NKU is seeking
its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2003.