- The Northern Kentucky University volleyball team’s season
ended Saturday night as Saginaw Valley State defeated the Norse
in a five-set thriller, 19-25, 25-11, 25-17, 19-25, 15-13, in the
NCAA Division II Midwest Regional semifinals.
NKU (28-8) won
the first set by hitting at a .346 clip but proceeded to drop the
second and third sets. The sixth-seeded Norse stormed back from
an 11-7 deficit to extend the match to a fifth set thanks in large
part to the net play of Annie Lucas and Kelsey Wesaw.
State took an early lead in the fifth set, built a 13-8 advantage
and hung on for 15-13 win. The second-seeded Cardinals, who lost
to NKU in five sets during the regular season, improved to 25-7.
Eisenmenger led NKU with 15 kills and a .314 hitting percentage.
Eisenmenger, a Notre Dame Academy graduate, finished her career
with 1,743 kills, which is No. 2 in school history.
Natalie Forbes collected 47 assists for the Norse, while Kim Nemcek
tallied 15 digs. Forbes, Nemcek and Eisenmenger were later named
to the regional all-tournament team.