Eisenmenger prepares to slam down her 1,000th career kill
against the defense of Lewis’ Stephanie Sagat during
the second game Saturday. Eisenmenger finished with 18 kills,
but No. 19 NKU fell in a five-game thriller to the Flyers.
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Ky. - Just when it appeared as if Northern Kentucky University was
about to finish off Lewis in the fifth game Saturday afternoon,
the defending Great Lakes Valley Conference champion Flyers responded
in big-time fashion.
Some good fortune
- in this case, an overturned call on an apparent service ace with
the deciding game tied at 14-all - also contributed as Lewis rallied
and defeated No. 19 NKU in five exhausting games, 30-27, 18-30,
30-21, 21-30, 16-14, in Regents Hall.
The Lewis combination
of outside hitter Stephanie Sagat (24 kills, .396 hitting percentage)
and middle hitter Kim Richards (18 kills, .333) offset the Norse
1-2 offensive punch of Liz Holmes (19 kills, .516 hitting percentage)
and Kristina Eisenmenger (18 kills, .295 hitting percentage). The
Flyers also refused to fold in the final game after NKU built a
9-6 lead and owned all the momentum.
three straight points to tie the set at 9-all, but NKU countered
by scoring four of the next seven points to take a 13-12 advantage.
Sagat, however, converted two straight attacks for kills to give
Lewis a 14-13 lead and match point.
NKU tied the
game at 14-all when Holmes sent a vicious attack off an assist from
Natalie Forbes into the Lewis court. Katie Latenser then served
up what appeared to be an ace - a ball that landed near the back
line - to give NKU a 15-14 lead, but, after conferring with down
official Art Faura and line judge Matt Winterhalter, the ace was
overturned by referee Bill Zehler and a replay was ordered.
Sagat took advantage
and gave Lewis a 15-14 lead with a kill. Moments later, setter Andrea
Morrone placed an attack perfectly for the winning point as the
Flyers improved to 12-2 overall, 4-1 in the GLVC.
a junior right-side hitter, joined NKU's 1,000-kills club by smashing
an attack off Sagat in the second game. The Notre Dame Academy graduate
now has 1,010 career kills with the Norse. She joined Holmes and
Tristen Dye as current NKU players to have reached that milestone.
a match-leading 24 digs, while Dye recorded a double-double with
17 kills and 18 digs. NKU held an 83-67 advantage in digs, and the
Norse finished with a 13-3 edge in service aces. Dye and Brittany
Dixon each served up three aces for NKU, while Eisenmenger and Morgan
Elyea both finished with five blocks.
out 54 assists and added eight digs for NKU, which dropped to 14-3
overall, 3-1 in the GLVC. Two of the Norse's three losses this season
have been in five games.
NKU will hit
the road next week for GLVC matches at Saint Joseph's (Friday at
8 p.m.) and Indianapolis (Saturday at 3 p.m.).