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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Moments before a spirited spring practice was to begin Monday afternoon, Northwestern's volleyball team got its first look at the newly renovated locker room space inside Welsh-Ryan Arena.

    The new locker room, which took three months to complete, features everything the Wildcats could want and more, including new carpeting, a player lounge, new televisions for film study and game preparation, remodeled bathroom facilities, huge team photos and much more.

    One of the new features in the revamped home of the 'Cats is a place where graduating seniors can leave their mark on the program. Upon playing their final match, players will be asked to sign inside the Northwestern insignia. Letterwinners will sign their name inside the purple 'N' and All-Big Ten and All-America honorees will sign on the head of the Wildcat. Alex Ayers, Mary Grace Gallagher and Kathryn Chrystal, who all finished their careers at the end of the 2011 season, will be among the first to begin the new tradition.

    To view photos of the rehabilitation process through its completion, please check out the photo gallery at the top of the page.

    Julie Chin, who will be one of two seniors on the 2012 squad, spoke on behalf of her teammates Monday and she talked about how excited they are for the new space. Check out the video of the reveal right here:

    Northwestern defeated three top-25 teams last season, including No. 2 Nebraska in the regular season finale. The Wildcats return nine letterwinners in the fall from the 2011 team including All-Big Ten and AVCA All-Mideast Region Honorable Mention selection Stephanie Holthus and Big Ten All-Freshman Team member Katie Dutchman.

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