Women’s volleyball record stands at 23-6

The Norse Volleyball Team played its final home matches of the season this weekend.

The team started Oct. 19 with Senior Night matching up against St. Joseph’s. Seniors Liz Holmes, Tristen Dye, Elizabeth Droessler and Brittany Dixon shined with the help of junior setter Natalie Forbes.

Holmes and Dye had 21 kills collectively allowing the Norse to sweep the Pumas and gain a berth into the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.

Holmes was named American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II National Player of the Week on Oct. 15.

Also, Dye had two aces and made 11 digs as Northern Kentucky University won its fifth consecutive match. Droessler, a middle blocker, had five kills, hitting at a .500 clip and Brittany Dixon contributed 11 digs.

Junior Kristina Eisenmenger had four blocks and nine kills. Freshman outside hitter Chelsea Clark handed out three aces and seven digs to give the Norse an improved record 22-5.

The Norse continued its final home stand Oct. 20 against the powerhouse of Indianapolis, who came into town with a 22-game winning streak.

The Greyhounds would improve that record to 23 by marking a 30-27, 30-16, 32-34, 30-15 win.

The Norse fought hard, but could not stop the team, which should because of the win host the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament and possibly the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional.

The Norse started strong, but the Greyhounds took control and held Holmes, ranked No. 2 nationally for hitting .474, to a .030. Eisenmenger had 20 kills and a .400 hitting percentage. Forbes finished with 52 assists and 13 digs and Dye gave 16 kills and 13 digs.

NKU kept itself from being swept during the third game, but it was not enough to compete with Indianapolis’ roll.

The final home game of this season was against The College of Mount St. Joseph Oct. 21. NKU came out strong, sweeping MSJ marking a 30-24, 30-15, 30-22 win.

In their final home game at NKU, Holmes and Dye combined for 31 kills. Outside-hitter Dye had 15 kills and hit .333 while handing out six aces and collecting 14 digs.

Middle-hitter Holmes ended with 16 kills, hit .536, added 10 digs and two aces. Eisenmenger had 10 kills and Katie Latenser recorded 11 digs and two aces.

Dye finished the game with a kill, giving NKU a sweep for its last run at home.

The Norse will play Oct. 24 at Owensboro, Ky., to meet Kentucky Wesleyan in a GLVC match.

The Norse are 11-4 in the GLVC. After that the match up against Kentucky Wesleyan, the Norse will contend with Bellarmine University in Louisville Oct. 30.

NKU will end the regular season with matches at Wisconsin-Parkside Nov. 2 and Lewis Nov. 3.

Be on the lookout for the Norse in GLVC tournament, which starts Nov. 9.

The tournament will most likely be played at Indianapolis University, so long as Indy maintains its grip on the top ranking in the conference standings.

The Great Lakes Regional of the NCAA tournament starts on Nov. 15.

The Elite Eight takes place the weekend of Nov. 29.