Thursday, November 15, 2001

Area college volleyball

NKU has won 23 straight

The Associated Press and Enquirer staff reports


The Norse (27-4) meet Northern Michigan (22-9) at 7:30 p.m. today in the first round of the Division II Great Lakes Region tournament at Allendale, Mich. NKU, the fourth seed, has won 23 straight matches — its last loss was to Northern Michigan on Sept.8.


Volleyball coach Reed Sunahara was named Conference USA coach of the year. Sunahara led the Bearcats to a 19-6 overall record and 14-2 in C-USA. One more win will give UC its seventh straight 20-win season.

        Three Bearcats also were named to the all-C-USA first team — Trish Ladusaw, Bonita Wise and Becky Stahl. Named to the second team were Rachel Beran and Laura Lauder.

        Ladusaw was chosen as the top defensive player for the second straight year after leading the league in digs (3.96 per game). Stahl was named freshman of the year after recording 355 kills.

        The C-USA Tournament begins today in Houston.


The Lions (31-6) have advanced to the Division III volleyball Elite Eight for the third straight season. The Mount The Lions defeated Carnegie Mellon and Ohio Northern this past weekend to reach the face La Verne (24-1) at La Verne, Calif., Saturday. The winner advances to the semifinals against either Juniata or Trinity on Nov.30.

        The Division III title game is Dec.1.


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