---Senior right-side hitter Kristina Eisenmenger is one of two returning All-Americans for NKU this fall. Eisenmenger finished No. 2 in the GLVC in hitting percentage last season at .392.

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Northern Kentucky University opens its 2008 volleyball schedule in Florida against three teams that advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament last season.

NKU begins the University of Tampa Classic against Central Oklahoma on Aug. 29. Central Oklahoma posted a 32-7 last season and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA II Southwest Regional.

On Aug. 30, NKU plays both Florida Southern and Tampa. A year ago, Florida Southern finished with a 26-9 record and was runner-up in the NCAA II South Regional. Tampa defeated Florida Southern for the regional championship and posted a 31-3 record.

NKU opens its home season Sept. 2 against Lindsey Wilson. The Norse then hit the road against for three matches in the University of Charleston (W. Va.) Tournament before beginning Great Lakes Valley Conference play at Kentucky Wesleyan on Sept. 9.

NKU visits two-time defending GLVC champion Lewis on Sept. 13, and the Flyers make their yearly trip to Regents Hall on Nov. 8. The Norse meet Saint Joseph’s on Sept. 19 in Regents Hall, followed by a match against Indianapolis the next day.

In addition, NKU will participate in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference/GLVC Crossover Oct. 17-18 at Indianapolis, Ind.

NKU finished with a 26-9 record last year and extended its streak of 20-win seasons to 15 straight. The Norse welcome back three starters, including honorable mention All-Americans Kristina Eisenmenger and Natalie Forbes.

Eisenmenger, a senior right-side hitter and a graduate of Notre Dame Academy, finished second in the GLVC in hitting percentage (.392) last season and fourth in kills (4.15 kpg). She also joined the NKU 1,000-kills club last season and enters her senior year with 1,276 career kills.

Forbes, a senior setter and a Highlands High School graduate, directed the NKU offense to the top of the GLVC statistics in hitting percentage at .296. She averaged 13.70 assists per game and recorded 14 double-doubles as a junior.

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