Tristen Dye slams down a kill against Lincoln Memorial on
Tuesday night. Dye finished with 11 kills and attacked at
a .321 clip as the Norse improved to 9-1 with a three-game
sweep. NKU is ranked No. 24 nationally in Division II.
Ky. - A day after entering the national volleyball rankings, Northern
Kentucky University wasted no time in showing the home crowd why
it has gained the early-season notice during a victory against Lincoln
24th nationally in the latest NCAA Division II volleyball rankings,
attacked at a .397 clip Tuesday night en route to a 30-25, 30-17,
30-16 win in Regents Hall. Liz Holmes finished with 13 kills and
hit .579 as the Norse improved to 9-1.
added 12 kills and also attacked at a .579 clip for NKU, which coasted
in the second and third games after a tough opener. Lincoln Memorial
rallied from a 16-12 deficit in the first game to take a 21-20 lead,
but NKU used a 10-4 run to take a 30-25 win.
and freshman Morgan Elyea combined for a block of an Ashley Knight
attack to end the first game.
NKU hit .417
in the second game and coasted to a 30-17 win, and the Norse slammed
their way to a .477 hitting percentage in the third to notch the
sweep. NKU junior setter Natalie Forbes ran the offense and dished
out 55 assists.
collected a double-double with 11 kills and 19 digs. Chelsea Clark
added 11 kills and nine digs. NKU finished with a 61-37 advantage
in digs, and Lincoln Memorial (6-2) hit .182 for the match.
and Megan Dooley each finished with nine digs for NKU, which is
now 3-0 all-time against Lincoln Memorial.
NKU will meet
two nationally ranked opponents on Friday in No. 7 Hillsdale (Mich.)
and No. 13 Grand Valley State, a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference powers. Those key regional matches will take
place at Ashland, Ohio.
NKU opens Great Lakes Valley Conference action with a neutral-court
match against Kentucky Wesleyan in Ashland, Ohio. The Norse will
also play Wheeling Jesuit on Saturday to conclude the two-day event.