Ind. - Liz Holmes finished with 16 kills, 15 digs and a .394 hitting
percentage Friday night as Northern Kentucky University posted a
30-22, 30-21, 30-19 victory over Saint Joseph's at the Scharf Alumni
Holmes, a senior
middle hitter who leads the Great Lakes Valley Conference in hitting
percentage, hammered down nine kills and attacked at a .667 clip
in the first game as NKU cruised to a 30-22 win. The Norse set the
tone early and hit .357 (18 kills, 42 attempts, three errors) in
the first game.
Holmes now has
1,567 career kills, which ranks fifth all-time in Norse history.
The Mercy High School product needs 16 kills to pass Kerry Lewin
for fourth place on the all-time list at NKU.
added seven kills and hit .400 for NKU, which is ranked No. 22 nationally
in the latest NCAA Division II poll, which is conducted by the American
Volleyball Coaches Association. Junior setter Natalie Forbes, who
leads the GLVC in assists, dished out 36 helpers and had 10 digs
as the Norse improved to 15-3 overall, 4-1 in the GLVC.
collected a match-high 18 digs and added seven kills. Brittany Dixon
and Chelsea Clark each finished with 12 digs for the Norse, who
limited Saint Joseph's (8-6 overall, 2-3 GLVC) to a .014 hitting
NKU leads the
all-time series with Saint Joseph's by a 32-5 margin, and the Norse
have not lost to the Pumas since Nov. 3, 2000. Since that setback,
NKU has defeated Saint Joseph's 14 consecutive times.
NKU will visit
Indianapolis - which swept Bellarmine in three games Friday night
- at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Greyhounds have won 11 consecutive matches
and own a 14-1 overall record, 5-0 in the GLVC.
won all three meetings with NKU last season, including a four-game
decision in the first round of the GLVC Tournament. The Greyhounds
swept the regular-season series by identical 3-0 scores. Indianapolis
has defeated NKU four consecutive times dating back to 2005.