Hart and NKU Volleyball: The Secret(s) to Our Success

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Success seems to follow Liz (Holmes) Hart.

Or, perhaps she is the catalyst for it.

It was only five years ago that NKU volleyball and Hart were having a big year. As a senior at NKU, she was named Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year, Great Lakes Region Player of the Year and the GLVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for volleyball. Hart, then Liz Holmes, also led NKU to a 26-9 record and helped the Norse secure a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament. She later was named to both the AVCA and Daktronics All-America first teams.

She finished her career as NKU’s all-time leader in kills with 1,850, and she led the GLVC in hitting percentage her final three years. In addition, Holmes finished seventh all-time in NKU history with 1,191 career digs and second in block assists with 291. Hart was also later named the GLVC’s 2007-08 Woman of the Year. She also earned an NCAA postgraduate scholarship and was a four-time member of the GLVC All-Academic squad and named the Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year.

Now in her second season as head coach at Northern Kentucky, Norse volleyball is enjoying another big season. NKU is off to one of the best starts in NCAA history for a team in its first season of transition to D-I, along with the best start in the A-Sun since Florida Atlantic jumped out to a 15-0 start in 2005. The Norse, now 11-1, has two tournament titles this season and the Norse handed Hart her 50th win on Friday night and they continue to dominate their competition. NKU volleyball has been stretched to five sets only once this season, that in its 3-2 loss to Manhattan on Sept. 8 at the Harvard Invitational.

So what is the recipe for success for Hart and NKU?

Read the entire story at the Atlantic Sun Insider.