Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University volleyball team begins the
season Friday at 6 p.m. by playing Central Oklahoma in the University
of Tampa Classic.
NKU will meet
a pair of teams ranked nationally in the NCAA Division II preseason
poll - No. 9 Florida Southern and No. 7 Tampa - on Saturday to conclude
NKU posted a
26-9 record last season and advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament
for the first time since 2003. The Norse compiled a 14-5 record
in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and finished third in the GLVC
East Division. NKU was voted third in the GLVC East Division preseason
poll by the coaches.
finished with a 32-7 record last season. The Bronchos, who compete
in the Lone Star Conference, advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament
right-side hitter Kristina Eisenmenger, who earned honorable mention
All-America accolades last season after hammering down 481 kills.
Eisenmenger, a left-hander with a powerful swing, enters her senior
season with 1,276 career kills.
Natalie Forbes also earned honorable mention All-America accolades
last season, and the senior from Highlands High School finished
No. 2 in the GLVC in assists at 13.70 apg.
NKU must replace
All-American Liz Holmes, who finished her career as the Norse’s
all-time leader in kills with 1,850. Holmes was also named the GLVC
Player of the Year last fall.
NKU plays its
home opener Sept. 2 when Lindsey Wilson visits Regents Hall at 7
p.m. The Norse also play host to Thomas More on Sept. 3 at 7:30