Liz Holmes prepares to unleash one of her attacks against
Wisconsin-Parkside on Friday night. Holmes finished with 14
kills and hit .684 as the Norse swept past the Rangers. NKU
is ranked No. 19 nationally in the Division II poll.
Ky. - The up-tempo, quick-set offense of Northern Kentucky University
paid big dividends Friday night during a 30-25, 30-27, 30-19 victory
over Wisconsin-Parkside in Regents Hall.
Natalie Forbes directed the NKU offense to a .383 hitting percentage
for the match by dishing out 50 assists. Forbes, a Highlands High
School graduate, also added eight digs and two blocks as the Norse
improved to 14-2 overall, 3-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Liz Holmes and
Kristina Eisenmenger took advantage of Forbes' setting and combined
for 29 kills. Holmes attacked at a .684 clip with 14 kills and eight
digs, while Eisenmenger hammered down 15 kills and hit .625.
now has 992 career kills, and the Notre Dame Academy graduate will
soon join Holmes and Tristen Dye as a member of the 1,000-kills
club at NKU.
No. 19 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll, hit.417 in the opening
game to coast to a 30-25 win. After pulling out a 30-27 triumph
in the second game, the Norse attacked at a .409 clip in the finale
and rolled to a 30-19 win and the sweep.
Dye added a
double-double (17 kills, 18 digs) for NKU, which holds a 22-1 lead
in the all-time series with Wisconsin-Parkside. The Rangers, who
hit .151 for the match, dropped to 6-4 overall, 0-4 in the GLVC.
Morgan Elyea hit .556 with five kills and two blocks. Megan Dooley
added nine digs and an ace for the Norse, who finished with 61-37
advantage in digs. NKU also held a 15-11 edge in total blocks against
the taller Rangers, including solo blocks by Dye, Samantha Williams
and Chelsea Clark.
The Norse face
defending GLVC Tournament champion Lewis at 3 p.m. Saturday in Regents
Hall. A year ago, Lewis defeated NKU, 30-23, 30-26, 21-30, 32-30,
at Romeoville, Ill., in their only meeting of the season.
The Flyers (11-2
overall, 3-1 GLVC) swept past Bellarmine on Friday night to set
up the showdown with NKU on Saturday.