Eisenmenger prepares to launch an attack during the third
game of NKU’s sweep of Southern Indiana on Saturday.
Eisenmenger finished with 13 kills and hit .423 against the
Ky. - If Northern Kentucky University continues to pass, set and
attack like it did this weekend, the Norse will be contending for
the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament championship in November.
Less than 24
hours after ending No. 12 Southern Illinois at Edwardsville's Great
Lakes Valley Conference regular-season winning streak at 37 straight
matches, NKU put on another impressive display during a 30-19, 30-17,
30-21 sweep of Southern Indiana on Saturday. The Norse hit .373
for the match and limited the Screaming Eagles to a .132 hitting
percentage en route to the victory.
No. 24 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll, improved to 17-4
overall, 6-2 in the GLVC. Southern Indiana is 9-8 overall, 4-5 in
Liz Holmes continued
her sizzling play by hammering down 20 kills in 27 attempts with
just one error for a .704 hitting percentage. Holmes set the tone
in the opening game by collecting nine kills - several of which
were sent to the Southern Indiana side of the court with missile-like
velocity - as NKU rolled to a 30-19 win. The Norse attacked at a
.439 clip in the first game with 21 kills and only three errors
in 41 attempts.
Holmes, a senior
middle hitter and a graduate of Mercy High School in Cincinnati,
now has 1,623 career kills at NKU and moved in to second place all-time.
She needs 79 kills to pass Bethany Gastright (1,702 kills) for the
top spot in Norse history.
quickly emerging as one of the top setters in the region, dished
out 54 assists and had 11 digs. She also served up three aces and
ran the NKU offense to another impressive performance.
NKU junior right-side
hitter Kristina Eisenmenger also remained on target with her attacking
with 13 kills and a .423 hitting percentage. Tristen Dye added 13
kills and 11 digs for the Norse, who used a 9-1 run in the third
game to snap a 13-all tie and build a 22-14 lead.
Elyea saw time as an outside hitter and finished with seven kills,
two blocks and a .385 hitting percentage. Katie Latenser had 10
digs for the Norse, while Elizabeth Droessler added four kills and
three blocks. Brittany Dixon collected nine digs for NKU, which
finished with a 64-47 advantage in that category.
NKU will begin
a three-match road trip Thursday night at Missouri-St. Louis, which
defeated the Norse for the first time in history last season. NKU
will also play at Missouri-Rolla on Friday night and conclude the
trip Saturday with a match at Quincy.