Sports Briefs

Volleyball receives honors

The continuing success the Northern Kentucky University’s volleyball team has seen on the gym floor, made way for two team honors received Oct. 6.

In the most recent American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II coaches poll, released Oct. 6, the Norse moved up two places – from being ranked 25th nationally, in the previous week’s coaches poll – to being ranked 23rd.

NKU (18-3, 8-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference) recorded a home victory on three consecutive days in the final three matches before the release of Oct. 6 poll, sweeping both UM-St. Louis and Missouri S’T, in three sets, respectively, and defeating Quincy in five sets to conclude the home stand.

“It’s awesome,” Assistant Coach Liz Holmes said of the team’s berth into the nationally rankings. “The girls have worked very hard to get in; now we just have to continue to work to stay in.”

The GLVC league office also announced, on Oct. 6, NKU’s Kelsey Wesaw as the conference’s Player of the Week.

Wesaw, a senior transfer from Findlay, recorded 40 kills and attacked at a .478 hitting percentage in the Norse’s three-game undefeated home stand. She collected 13 kills and posting a .550 clip in NKU’s defeat of fellow-GLVC-team Missouri-St. Louis; the match marked Missouri-St. Louis’ first GLVC defeat.

Hockey club season to begin Oct. 10

The NKU club hockey team is set to kick off its 2008 season against the University of Louisville at 10:00 p.m. Oct. 10, at the Northern Kentucky Ice Center, in Crescent Springs, Ky.

Members of the club team, which finished its2007 season with a record of 18-7, will be selling tickets to their home game against Louisville, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Oct. 8, outside of the Student Union building on NKU’s campus.

According to Ben Coutermarsh, a returning member of the club for the last three years, the Oct. 10 meeting will mark the first time the two club teams have played each other since NKU defeated Louisville in back-to-back games two years ago.

The game will be the first of two back-to-back games with Louisville, and will begin the hockey team’s 22-game schedule.

The team will travel to Louisville for another meeting on Oct. 11, and will host the club hockey team at Indiana Purdue Ft. Wayne on Oct. 31 at the Northern Kentucky Ice Center; the starting time of the game has yet to be determined.