NKU Hammers Lindsey Wilson in Home Opener


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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The first-ever meeting between the volleyball programs from Northern Kentucky University and Lindsey Wilson College took place Tuesday night in Regents Hall, and the Norse made quick work of the visiting Blue Raiders.

Kristina Eisenmenger recorded 16 kills and attacked at an .800 clip as NKU posted a 25-14, 25-13, 25-9 win over Lindsey Wilson. Eisenmenger upped her career kills total to 1,335 as the Norse improved to 2-2 by winning their home opener.

Eisenmenger, a senior right-side hitter and a Notre Dame Academy graduate, also added two blocks as NKU finished off the visiting NAIA squad in an hour.

Senior setter Natalie Forbes finished with 37 assists, seven digs and three blocks, and she directed the NKU offense to a .533 hitting percentage. In the opening set, the Norse attacked at a .615 clip and rolled to the win.

Forbes, who earned honorable mention All-America accolades
last season, served up 13 consecutive points during a 14-0 run in the third set that turned a 2-1 deficit into a 15-2 NKU lead. The taller, more athletic Norse allowed the Blue Raiders to hit only -.014 for the match, including -.167 in the final set.

Sophomore middle hitter Kim Nemcek added eight kills for NKU. Nemcek, making her Regents Hall debut for the Norse after transferring in from Winona State, hit .500 for the match.

Sophomore middle blocker Annie Lucas converted allfive of her attacks for kills and led NKU with four blocks. Kelsey Wesaw, a 6-foot-3 senior who earned All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic honors at Findlay last season,
added five kills and attacked at a .571 clip. Wesaw also finished with two blocks.

Junior defensive specialist Megan Dooley served up three aces for NKU. Sophomore libero Chelsea Clark led the defense with 12 digs.

NKU finished with a 29-18 advantage in digs and a 13-4 edge in total blocks.Rachel Achieng paced Lindsey Wilson (2-1) with five kills.

NKU plays host to Thomas More at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The Norse own a 12-3 advantage in the all-time series with the Saints, and the two schools have not met on the volleyball court since Oct. 2, 2001.

Thomas More, which is 3-1 going into Wednesday night's match, has not defeated NKU since Sept. 4, 1993.

NKU also hits the road this weekend to play four matches in the Charleston (W.Va.) Tournament.

The Norse meet Concord (W.Va.) and West Virginia State on Friday.On Saturday, NKU plays host Charleston and Glenville State to conclude the tournament.

Article courtesy of Northern Kentucky athletics.

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