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    Northwestern Announces February Sports Performance Athletes of the Month

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Madalyn Shalter's experience has paid off as a team leader during off-season workouts.
    Madalyn Shalter's experience has paid off as a team leader during off-season workouts.

    March 5, 2012

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern's February Sports Performance Athletes of the Month are Madalyn Shalter of women's volleyball and Nikko Boxall of men's soccer, Director of Sports Performance Jason Pullara announced today (March 5).

    "For our fall athletes the winter quarter is incredibly important for their development and this month two of our fall athletes stood out among their peers," Pullara said. "Maddy Shalter from the volleyball team and Nikko Boxall from the men's soccer team have put in a tremendous amount of work this winter knowing the benefits it will provide in their 2012 seasons. Shalter, a four-year veteran of off-season programs, has led her team with poise and confidence while on the other hand Boxall is experiencing his first off-season, approaching it with enthusiasm and a no-nonsense work ethic."

    Madalyn Shalter (women's volleyball)

    Shalter is a fifth-year senior and the captain of her team. She has always worked hard and has a great attitude. She has found herself in a leadership role many times in her career at NU, but has gone above and beyond this off-season in leading this young team. She sets a strong example of how her team should work in the Sports Performance facility and leads vocally as well. Shalter has seen many improvements in her strength and power and has worked hard to give herself the best chance to be successful on the volleyball court.

    Sports Performance Coach Katie Fort says: "Maddy makes my job easier because she demands hard work and positive attitudes from her teammates. She has rightfully earned their respect and her passion for winning is inspiring. Leadership is imperative to any team being successful and Maddy's team is poised to have a great 2012 season."

    Nikko Boxall (men's soccer)

    Boxall was an integral part of this year's Big Ten Championship soccer team. An All-Big Ten second team and freshman team selection as well as a College Soccer News All-Freshman second team choice, Boxall is no stranger to hard work.

    Performance Coach Derek Sulo says: "His discipline and attitude propel him not only on the field but off of it as well. As a dedicated team leader, Nikko is a top performer in the Sports Performance Facility. The soft-spoken freshman looks to carry his successes from last season as the men's soccer team transitions from a productive off-season program into their spring season."


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