- Kristina Eisenmenger and Liz Holmes put on a powerful attacking
exhibition Saturday afternoon in the Pepsi Arena as Northern Kentucky
University posted a 32-30, 30-18, 30-27 win over Quincy.
and Holmes each hammered down 18 kills and combined to attack at
a .550 clip as the Norse finished their long, three-match road trip
with an important victory. NKU, ranked No. 22 nationally in the
NCAA Division II poll, improved to 19-5 overall, 8-3 in the Great
Lakes Valley Conference. The Norse need just one victory to clinch
their 15th consecutive 20-win season.
it was the 1-2 offensive punch of Eisenmenger and Holmes that helped
deliver a win on the road. Eisenmenger hit .607 with just one error
in 28 attempts, while Holmes attacked at a .500 clip - only two
errors in 32 attempts - for the second straight match. The senior
middle hitter now has 1,671 career kills and is 32 shy of breaking
Bethany Gastright's all-time NKU record of 1,702.
from an 11-2 deficit in the opening game to pull out a 32-30 win,
and the Norse rode that momentum into a sweep. Holmes led the NKU
comeback with eight kills and a .500 hitting percentage in the first
game, including an attack that tied the score at 30-all.
followed with a kill to make it 31-30, and Natalie Forbes gave NKU
the opening-game win by converting an attack.
In the third
game, NKU held off a late Quincy challenge for a 30-27 win. With
the Norse holding a 28-27 lead, Holmes slammed down an attack. Chelsea
Clark followed with a kill to give NKU the sweep.
NKU hit .255
as a team and finished with a 77-73 edge in digs. Katie Latenser
recorded 18 digs to lead the Norse defense, while Clark added 17,
Brittany Dixon finished with 15 digs.
five blocks and eight digs for NKU, while Eisenmenger and Elizabeth
Droessler each had four blocks. The Norse upped their lead in the
all-time series with Quincy to 21-1.
led Quincy (14-9, 4-7 GLVC) with 21 kills and 15 digs.
home next week and will meet Rockhurst at 7 p.m. Thursday in Regents
Hall. NKU also plays host to Drury at 7 p.m. Friday.