Holmes GLVC player of week

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University’s Liz Holmes was named Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week in volleyball Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Holmes, a freshman middle hitter and a graduate of Mercy High School in Cincinnati, recorded 69 kills and finished with a .466 hitting percentage last week as the Norse posted a 4-0 record at the Ashland Volleyball Classic. She also collected two double-doubles and had 13 total blocks.

She hammered down a team-leading 22 kills Saturday as NKU knocked off previously unbeaten Ashland University in four games.

Holmes also had a .425 hitting percentage in that match and two blocks as the Norse picked up the road victory.

She played a major role in the fourth game of the match, converting an attack that prevented Ashland from taking the lead.

During a win over Walsh (Ohio) University, Holmes served four straight points to rally NKU from a 29-24 deficit in the second game to a 36-34 victory. Holmes slammed down a kill to tie the game at 34-34, and, after a Walsh attacking error gave NKU a 35-34 lead, the freshman finished off the stanza by converting another attack for a 36-34 Norse win.

She also had 15 kills and a .609 hitting percentage during a three-game win over West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Holmes averaged 4.93 kills and 2.53 digs per game for the week to earn the GLVC honor for the first time in her career.

Holmes currently has a team-leading .354 hitting percentage for NKU, which has won four straight matches to improve to 7-4.

She also tops the Norse with a .79 block per game average and ranks second on the team in both service aces, with 19, and kills, with 166.

The freshman has been a major contributor to an already strong team. She has started every match during the outstanding start of her freshman season.

She started off the season with a bang, recording a double-double with 14 kills and 12 digs in her collegiate debut as the Norse defeated the University of Montevallo 30-21, 30-22, 30-22. She also added three service aces and finished with a .440 hitting percentage for the game.

Holmes recorded a season-high 19 kills during NKU’s loss against Hillsdale at Findlay’s Tournament.

*Article by Sports Information