Nov. 11, 2001
NKU EARNS BERTH IN NCAA II TOURNAMENT
Norse to meet Northern Michigan this Thursday at Allendale, Mich.
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University volleyball team received a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament Sunday night, and the Norse will travel to Allendale, Mich., to meet Northern Michigan University (22-9) this Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. in the first round of the NCAA II Great Lakes Region Tournament.
NKU enters the NCAA Division II Tournament with a 27-4 record, and the Norse are the No. 4 seed in the Great Lakes Region Tournament. NKU has won 23 consecutive matches entering the NCAA Division II Tournament. The Norses last loss came on Sept. 8 to Northern Michigan, which posted a four-game win over NKU in Regents Hall.
Northern Michigan, a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, is the No. 5 seed. A year ago, NKU defeated Northern Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament in four games.
Grand Valley State University is the No. 1 seed and host for the NCAA II Great Lakes Region. The Lakers are 26-4 entering the NCAA Division II Tournament. The University of Findlay (28-6) is the No. 2 seed, and GLIAC champion Northwood (Mich.) University is the No. 3 seed.
If NKU defeats Northern Michigan on Thursday, the Norse will play Grand Valley State at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Grand Valley State defeated NKU in three games on Sept. 7 in Regents Hall, and the Lakers eliminated the Norse from the NCAA Division II Tournament a year ago with a five-game victory at Allendale, Mich.
The NCAA II Great Lakes Region Tournament championship match is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday.
NCAA II Great Lakes Region
(at Allendale, Mich.)
Thursday, Nov. 15
#3 Northwood (24-8) vs. #6 Wheeling Jesuit (34-7), 5 p.m.
#4 NKU (27-4) vs. #5 Northern Michigan (22-9), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16
#2 Findlay (28-6) vs. Northwood/Wheeling Jesuit winner, 5 p.m.
#1 Grand Valley State (26-4) vs. NKU/Northern Michigan winner, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17
Championship, 7 p.m.