Kristina Eisenmenger is one of two returning All-Americans
for NKU this season. Eisenmenger finished No. 2 in the GLVC
in hitting percentage last season at .392 and enters this
year with 1,276 career kills.
Ky. - If Northern Kentucky University is to extend its streak of
20-win seasons to 16 straight this fall, the Norse will have to
do so without three-time All-American Liz Holmes.
One of the most
talented performers in NKU volleyball history, Holmes finished her
career last fall as the Norse’s all-time leader in kills with
1,850. The 5-foot-10 middle hitter earned Great Lakes Valley Conference
Player of the Year honors as well as first team All-America accolades
after leading NKU to a 26-9 record and a berth in the NCAA Division
NKU must replace All-GLVC and All-Region outside hitter Tristen
Dye, who collected 1,395 kills and 1,035 digs in her career.
NKU does welcome
back a solid group of veteran players, including two honorable mention
All-Americans. The Norse also brought in five impressive newcomers,
including three transfers who should contribute immediately.
some talented players at key positions, and we added several newcomers
who have experience at the college level,” NKU head coach
Carlos Chia said. “You don’t replace a great player
like Liz Holmes, but we can be a good team again this year. We need
our returning players to step up and lead this group.”
hitter Kristina Eisenmenger earned honorable mention All-America
accolades last season after hammering down 481 kills and finishing
No. 2 in the GLVC in hitting percentage at .392. 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. Forbes could emerge as
the top setter in the GLVC this fall.
and Natalie are excellent players who know our system, and we expect
much from them because they are seniors,” Chia said. “Kristina
is a very good offensive player and is entering her fourth year
as a starter for us. Natalie did a great job of running our offense
last season. I can see both of them challenging for All-America
honors again this year.”
setter Natalie Forbes earned All-America honors in 2007.
is senior defensive specialist Katie Latenser, junior defender Megan
Dooley, sophomore libero/outside hitter Chelsea Clark and sophomore
middle blocker Annie Lucas.
The top newcomer
could be sophomore middle hitter Kim Nemcek, who recorded 275 kills
and a .271 hitting percentage as a freshman last season at Winona
State. The Geneva, Ill., native led Winona State in total blocks
with 73 and helped the Warriors post a 15-9 overall record last
transfer is senior right-side hitter Kelsey Wesaw, who earned All-Great
Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors while playing at
Findlay last year. The 6-foot-3 Wesaw finished sixth in the GLIAC
with a .329 hitting percentage last season and also earned All-Great
Lakes Region accolades from Daktronics. Wesaw, who will have one
year of eligibility remaining at NKU, collected 366 kills last season.
transfer Maria Scherrer averaged 6.87 digs per game, which was fifth
nationally in the NCAA Division II statistics. The 5-foot-8 libero
collected 900 digs - the second-highest total in the nation - in
38 matches for Holy Family. The 6.87 digs per game and 900 total
digs are the all-time records for the Central Atlantic Collegiate
Conference in those categories. Scherrer also served up 64 aces
last season. She was named to the AVCA’s All-Northeast Region
squad and the All-CACC first team.
Kelsey and Maria have all successfully competed at the Division
II level, and that experience should help us this season,”
Peterson and Sarah Drennen will contend for starting positions at
outside hitter. Peterson, a native of Milwaukee, Wis., earned All-Greater
Metro Conference honors as a senior at Brookfield East High School.
She was also named Brookfield East’s most valuable player
Drennen, a 5-10
outside hitter from Woodstock, Ill., earned All-Fox Valley Conference
honors at Woodstock High School last season. She helped the Blue
Streaks finish with a 27-10 overall record and advance to the regional
NKU begins the
season Aug. 29 in Tampa, Fla., by facing Central Oklahoma. The Norse
also meet both Tampa and Florida Southern in that tournament before
opening their home season Sept. 2 with a match against Lindsey Wilson
in Regents Hall. NKU begins GLVC play Sept. 9 at Kentucky Wesleyan.
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