Aug. 28, 2000
NKU HOSTS GEORGETOWN (Ky.) TUESDAY
Norse open home season against NAIA powerhouse
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University volleyball team, ranked No. 3 nationally in the Division II poll, will play host to in-state rival Georgetown (Ky.) College at 7 p.m. Tuesday night (Aug. 29) in Regents Hall.
NKU opened the season on Saturday with a 15-12, 15-7, 15-8 victory at Bellarmine University. Senior Jessica Buroker became NKUs all-time career leader in block assists on Saturday against Bellarmine. Buroker recorded three block assists in that match and now has 279 during her career, two more than former NKU all-time leader Prudi Downs (277 block assists from 1985-88).
Buroker, a first team Division II All-America middle hitter last season, also had seven kills and a .429 hitting percentage against Bellarmine. Freshman outside hitter Camilla Welter had eight kills and eight digs against Bellarmine, and senior setter Bobbi Casey had 26 assists.
Junior outside hitter Bethany Gastright recorded seven kills and three service aces, and junior right-side/middle hitter Denise Barhorst had five blocks.
ABOUT GEORGETOWN: The Tigers, who posted a 40-5 record and advanced to the NAIA Elite Eight last season, enter Tuesdays match with a 2-2 mark. Georgetown is ranked No. 6 nationally in the NAIA poll.
Georgetown features five players from northern Kentucky high schools, including standout middle hitter Beth Vieth (St. Henry) and star outside hitter Noelle Nageleisen (Notre Dame). Also on the Tigers roster are Erin Smith (Highlands), Maydie Wilcox (Notre Dame) and Dawn Sparks (Campbell County).
A YEAR AGO AGAINST GEORGETOWN: NKU posted a 16-14, 15-12, 15-5 victory against the Tigers in Regents Hall. Jessica Buroker had 14 kills in 24 attempts (no errors) for a .583 hitting percentage and 12 digs for NKU. Buroker also added four blocks. Jenny Jeremiah had 16 kills and 19 digs, and Denise Barhorst added nine kills and a .571 hitting percentage.
NKU leads the all-time series with Georgetown, 17-4.