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    The 2012-13 academic year was a memorable one for Northwestern. Over the next several weeks, we will celebrate the conference championships, noteworthy wins and significant milestones that the Wildcats accumulated during the past year. Be sure to follow along at as we revisit the top 20 moments.

    Moment No. 18
    Date Nov. 16, 2012
    Location Welsh-Ryan Arena | Evanston, Ill.
    Original Story Relentless Wildcats Topple Michigan in Thrilling Fashion, 3-1
    Video Michigan Match Highlights
    More Video Stephanie Holthus Highlights
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    In need of a win to snap a four-match skid and keep its NCAA Tournament hopes alive, Northwestern hosted the Michigan Wolverines, a team receiving votes in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll, at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Friday, Nov. 16. The Wildcats rose to the challenge and responded by turning back U-M, which came to town with its own five-match winning streak, in thrilling fashion.

    The 'Cats fell behind, 18-12, in the first set before ripping off a 9-3 rally to knot the score at 21 points apiece. The Wolverines eventually captured that first frame, 25-22, but that was the last time they would be victorious on this special evening. Northwestern stormed back to claim a pair of two-point wins in both the second and third sets before putting Michigan down for good with an emphatic 25-18 triumph in the fourth.

    Stephanie Holthus turned in not only the best individual performance of the season, but arguably the top effort of her storied career to this point. The Burlington, Ill., native buried a career-high 28 kills and added 19 digs, four blocks and a pair of assists. She tallied 32 points in the four-set triumph and attacked at a clip of .404 during the match. Holthus was named Co-Big Ten Player of the Week on Nov. 19 in recognition of her superior effort.

    Yewande Akanbi was also in double figures offensively for Northwestern with 12 kills. Middle blockers Savannah Paffen and Katie Dutchman sent back a match-high six blocks apiece, while setter Madalyn Shalter added 46 assists and 17 digs in victory. Northwestern's back row received outstanding efforts from Julie Chin, Abbie Kraus and Monica McGreal who tallied 17, 11 and eight digs, respectively.

    Northwestern fell just short of its goal of reaching the NCAA Tournament. After dropping another 3-1 decision the following evening at Illinois, Michigan reeled off six wins in a row as they made their way to the national semifinals in Louisville where they lost to Texas in five. The Longhorns would then go on to defeat Oregon to win the 2012 national championship.

    Michigan Match Highlights

    Holthus' powerful performance against the Wolverines was one of many outstanding performances that she turned in for the Wildcats during her third season in Evanston. The outside hitter was named All-Big Ten and All-Mideast Region by the aforementioned AVCA. On Dec. 12, Holthus was named to the All-America Team. She recorded 487 kills in 2012, which tied her for fifth all-time in a single season at NU. Holthus notched at least 20 kills 10 times and currently ranks 10th on the school's all-time list with 1,294 terminations. She is the fourth student-athlete in program history to receive All-America recognition.

    "[Holthus] is a great example of what it means to be a student-athlete at Northwestern," said NU head coach Keylor Chan. "She has put a great deal of time and effort to improve her volleyball every year and is consistently committed to success."

    BLOG: Northwestern To Host Fall Skills Clinic

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    Volleyball Waiver Get Acrobat Reader

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Northwestern Volleyball coaching staff is hosting their annual Fall Clinic on Monday, November 12 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. inside Welsh-Ryan Arena. Head coach Keylor Chan will be on hand, along with several assistant coaches, to give instruction to campers.

    The fun-filled clinic is for high school athletes looking to learn new techniques or improve upon their talents. The two-hour camp will be an exciting learning process with drills run by Northwestern coaches.

    All athletes in grades 8-12 are invited to the clinic. The cost of the camp is $20 for each athlete in attendance. Northwestern Volleyball asks that anyone interested in attending the clinic please RSVP to with your name, grade, school, email address, phone number and a parent's name.

    Please checks payable to Keylor Chan's Volleyball Camp and mail to:

    Wildcat Volleyball Clinic
    1501 Central Street
    Evanston, IL 60208

    The clinic is open to anyone limited only by age and number of campers. The waiver at the top of this page must be completed before participating in the clinic.

    For more information or if you have questions, please contact the Director of Volleyball Operations, Emily Carle at 847-467-2134 or

    -- Carsten Parmenter

    Volleyball To Host Two Skills Clinics

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    The Northwestern Wildcats are off to their best start in 25 years and the team wants to share its skills with area girls 8th-grade-and-under this fall.


    The first in-season clinic will be held on Monday, Oct. 1 at 4:30 p.m. inside Welsh-Ryan Arena. Various drills will be conducted in an effort to teach fundamental volleyball skills to all participants. The clinic will last 90 minutes and will be followed by an autograph session. Participants who register for this clinic will receive three vouchers for free admission to any future Northwestern volleyball match (a $21 value).


    The second clinic will take place on Sunday, Oct. 21 after the Wildcats battle the Iowa Hawkeyes in an exciting Big Ten match. The match begins at 2 p.m. and the clinic will begin shortly upon its conclusion. Participants who register for this clinic will receive free admission to the match and two vouchers for free admission to any future match.


    Participants should arrive in athletic shoes and comfortable clothing and should be prepared to have a great time learning the game from the Wildcats.


    Registration for each clinic is $10 and includes vouchers, instruction, a water bottle and access to autograph sessions. Space is limited to 100 participants for each clinic, so sign-up now. For more information, or to register, please contact Joe Thuente by phone at 847-467-6862 or via e-mail at

    BLOG: Back On Court

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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern's quest to return to the NCAA Tournament began officially on Wednesday with the first volleyball practice of the 2012 season. In fact, the 'Cats had a pair of practices on the docket sandwiched around other meetings and events.


    The Wildcats reported back Evanston for the fall on Tuesday, Aug. 7. After moving back to campus the team took its physicals, met with NU's compliance staff, received its equipment and enjoyed a team dinner with support staff, family and friends inside the scenic Stadium Club high atop Ryan Field.


    Wednesday's schedule began bright and early with an appointment with Northwestern Sports Performance coach Katie Fort. After all the testing was out of the way, the Wildcats took to the floor for the first practice of the season at 9 a.m. Following a spirited opening session the team broke for lunch and another series of meetings, which included presentations on nutrition, marketing and athletic communications.


    Northwestern will practice again twice Thursday and once on Friday morning. On Friday afternoon the 'Cats will be participating in a few video shoots for the upcoming season. Head coach Keylor Chan and the team will wrap up the first week by hosting the third annual Drills! Drills! Drills! Coaches Clinic for high school, middle school and club coaches. For more information about the clinic, click here.


    Stay tuned to for more preseason volleyball coverage of the 'Cats. The regular season opens on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 4 p.m. when the Wildcats take on Bowling Green at the Marquette Classic in Milwaukee. For the complete 2012 schedule, click here.

    BLOG: Wildcats Get First Look At New Locker Room

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    Photo Gallery

    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.

    Midnight Madness with Northwestern Volleyball

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    Head coach Keylor Chan and Northwestern's volleyball team would love to invite girls in grades one through eight and their parents to come out to Welsh-Ryan Arena on Saturday, October 29 for Midnight Madness, an all-night party with the 'Cats.

    Everyone is invited to come out to Welsh-Ryan Arena for a delicious dinner beginning at 5 p.m. Then at 7 p.m. you'll be able to cheer on the Wildcats as they play against a Big Ten foe, the Wisconsin Badgers. The night does not end when the match does, however and in fact the party is just getting started.

    After the match there will be a party with the Northwestern players where fans can partake in wacky games and hang out with the 'Cats late into the night. The fun will roll on until midnight when participants will leave with a t-shirt, a water bottle and a voucher redeemable for two tickets to any future Northwestern volleyball match.

    The cost for the evening that promises to be filled with fun is just $20. You can register now or find out more information by calling 847-467-6862 or by sending an e-mail to