Ill. - A fifth-set rally by Southern Indiana made the Northern Kentucky
University volleyball team’s stay in the Great Lakes Valley
Conference Tournament a short one Friday afternoon.
closed the fifth set with a 9-4 run to defeat NKU, 25-23, 18-25,
18-25, 26-24, 15-12 in the opening round of the GLVC Tournament.
The Screaming Eagles (17-14) rallied from an 8-6 deficit in the
final set to beat the Norse for the first time since 2004 and advance
to the GLVC Tournament semifinals.
NKU, which entered
the match ranked 24th nationally in the NCAA Division II poll, dropped
to 27-7 and will wait for an at-large berth in the upcoming NCAA
Division II Tournament. The Norse, who won a share of the GLVC East
Division title last Saturday by beating Lewis, have been eliminated
in the first round of the GLVC Tournament the past three years.
an 8-6 lead in the fifth set after a kill by Noelle Peterson, but
Southern Indiana countered with a 5-1 run to take an 11-9 advantage.
The Norse pulled to within 13-12 on a kill by Kristina Eisenmenger,
but the Screaming Eagles finished off the first-round upset with
consecutive kills from Kathi Hindman and Meg Buschman.
led NKU with 19 kills and attacked at a .289 clip. Kim Nemcek added
14 kills, eight blocks and nine digs for the Norse, who hit .234
as a team. Eisenmenger finished with 16 kills and passed Bethany
Gastright for second place on the NKU all-time kills list with 1,715.
recorded 59 assists and nine digs for NKU, while Peterson added
12 kills. Courtney Bealor collected 17 kills for Southern Indiana,
which hit just .172 for the match. The Screaming Eagles, however,
recorded 32 blocks.