Kristina Eisenmenger attacks against Bellarmine during the
Norse’s four-game win Tuesday night. Eisenmenger finished
with 12 kills, seven blocks and a .400 hitting percentage.
NKU is ranked No. 19 nationally in Division II.
Ky. - Different season, same result.
Nothing - with
the exception of uniform styles - seems to change when Northern
Kentucky University plays Bellarmine in volleyball. Going into Tuesday
night's Great Lakes Valley Conference match between those two rivals
in Regents Hall, NKU owned 29 consecutive victories against Bellarmine.
streak is now at 30 after NKU's 23-30, 30-17, 30-17, 30-18 victory
over Bellarmine. The Norse, ranked No. 19 nationally in the NCAA
Division II poll, improved to 13-2 overall, 2-0 in the GLVC.
back from a first-game setback by combining strong blocking at the
net and effective serving for the remainder of the match. Senior
defensive specialist Brittany Dixon served up four aces to spark
the Norse, who totaled five of their 12 service errors in the first
hitter Liz Holmes finished with 16 kills and a .355 hitting percentage
for NKU, which attacked at a .224 clip as a team. Holmes, named
GLVC Player of the Week on Monday, increased her career total to
added 12 kills and hit .400, and the junior right-side hitter now
has 977 career kills at NKU. Natalie Forbes collected a double-double
with 42 assists and 12 digs. The junior setter also served up three
aces and added four kills.
hitter Morgan Elyea caused plenty of problems for Bellarmine the
entire evening with her blocking (eight block assists). Elyea and
Eisenmenger - seven block assists - were particularly effective
in helping to contain Bellarmine outside hitter Chelsea Bibelhauser,
who finished with nine kills and eight errors in 34 attempts (.029).
Elyea also finished
with six kills and a .455 hitting percentage. Chelsea Clark added
seven kills and 10 digs for NKU, while Tristen Dye collected eight
kills and a team-leading 16 digs.
NKU is now 54-8
all-time against Bellarmine, which dropped to 3-6 overall, 1-1 in
the GLVC. NKU has not lost to Bellarmine since the 1992 GLVC Tournament.
NKU plays host
to Wisconsin-Parkside at 7 p.m. Friday. The Norse face defending
GLVC Tournament champion Lewis at 3 p.m. Saturday in Regents Hall.