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    Ariel Baxterbeck
    Ariel Baxterbeck

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Menlo Park, Calif.

    High School:
    Castilleja

    Position:
    OH



    2009: Major contributor for Northwestern in her senior campaign, starting all 32 matches ... Set personal-bests in nearly every statistical category, finishing second on the team in digs (290) and third in both kills (228) and service aces (12) ... Tied a career-high with 16 kills at Kentucky (8/28) in the season opener while adding 11 digs ... Set a personal-best with 19 digs against Florida International (8/29) ... Added 12 digs in helping Northwestern rout IUPUI (9/5) ... Named to the Charlotte Tournament all-tournament team after recording 30 kills with just three errors ... Recorded a double-double against Charlotte (9/12), knocking down 12 kills and tallying 10 digs ... Tied a career-best .500 hitting percentage against James Madison (9/12), registering nine kills on 18 attempts with no errors ... Hit .474 against Presbyterian (9/11), finishing with nine kills on 19 attempts with no errors ... Had 14 kills in the victory over Cincinnati (9/19), recording her 100th of the season ... Tied a career-best with three assists and four total blocks at Michigan State (10/3) ... Recorded three digs at Michigan (10/2), giving her 500 for her career ... Matched her career-high with four blocks against both Purdue (10/10) and Indiana (10/11) in the pair of five-set victories ... Set a new season-best in kills against the Boilermakers, eclipsing her 133 kill effort in 2008 ... Played in her 100th career match against Minnesota (10/17) ... Recorded her third double-double at Wisconsin (10/24), notching 11 kills and 15 digs and also notching her 300th career kill ... Notched her fourth double-double at Purdue (10/30), recording 13 kills and adding 12 digs ... Had 18 digs at Indiana (10/31) and an additional 17 vs. Illinois (11/25) in her final home match ... Posted six double-digit kill and 12 double-digit dig totals ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Awarded Big Ten Distinguished Scholar for academic school year, the second of her career.

    2008: Had a breakthrough season for Northwestern, appearing in all 31 matches with 22 starts ... Registered personal season-bests in every statistical category ... One of only two Wildcats to record triple-digit kill (133) and dig (207) totals ... Put together arguably the best night of her career against Indiana (10/24), killing a career-high 16 balls on 41 attempts, tied her season-high with 16 digs and notched a career-high four blocks ... Had another big outing against Michigan (10/4), killing 10 balls on 20 attempts with no errors for a hitting percentage of .500 ... Also tallied five digs and a block ... Tallied 10 kills in the Wildcats' upset of 17th-ranked Illinois (10/17) while adding 15 digs and a career-high three assists ... Blocked a career-high three attempts against Ohio State (10/3) ... Started off the year with six kills on 20 attempts at Loyola Chicago (8/30) to go along with eight digs ... Notched a pair of kils as well as a pair of service aces and five digs vs. Illinois-Chicago (8/29) ... Recorded her first career block against Montana State (9/12)... Saw action in all three matches of the Wildcat Classic, with her most extensive against fourth-ranked UCLA (9/20) ... Tied a career-high with a pair of assists against the Bruins while setting a new season-high in digs with 16 ... Recorded her 100th career kill against Iowa (11/14) ... Had 11 kills, eight digs and a pair of services at Indiana (11/22) ... Notched six kills and added 11 digs against Purdue (11/28) ... Recorded double-digit kill totals in five matches ... Academic All-Big Ten and recognized as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.

    2007: Appeared in 23 matches with three starts ... Served up a pair of aces along with seven digs against Illinois-Chicago (8/25) ... Compiled a season-high 11 digs at Loyola Marymount (8/31) ... Earned a start against No. 1 Penn State, then took over the libero position in game three to finish with 10 digs (11/9) ... Had 10 digs again in a four-game win over Ohio State (11/10) ... Academic All-Big Ten.

    2006: Appeared in 26 matches, primarily substituting in to serve ... Had aces in all three matches at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Volleyball Challenge, and again served up aces in all three matches at the Wildcat Classic to ace in every one of her first six collegiate appearances ... Had two aces against Illinois (9/27) ... Reached double-digits in digs for the first time in her career with 10 at Michigan (10/6) ... Served up a pair of aces against No. 16 Ohio State (10/14) ... Raised season-high to three aces against Michigan (10/28) ... Started the first match of her career on Nov. 4 at Iowa, recording a career-best 17 digs ... Had 12 digs against No. 23 Purdue (11/17).

    High School: Named to all-tournament team in 17-Open division at the 2005 Junior Olympics ... WBAL MVP in 2004 and 2005 ... Named team MVP in 2004 and 2005 ... First-team All-Central Coast Section in 2005 ... Second-team All-Central Coast Section in 2004 ... All-league in 2003 ... Ranked No. 53 on prepvolleyball.com "Senior Aces" list ... Volleyball Magazine "Fab 50" selection for the class of 2006 ... High school team won the Division 5 Central Coast-Section and NorCal championships and were finalists at the state level ... Named to state championship all-tournament team ... Four-time Palo Alto Weekly Player of the Week, two-time Palo Alto Daily News Player of the Week, two-time San Jose Mercury News Player of the Week and one-time San Francisco Chronicle Player of the Week ... Led high school team to NorCal semifinals in 2004 ... Posted 24 kills and hit .523 in 2004 NorCal semifinals ... High school team compiled a 134-25 record in four years, including a 47-1 WBAL record ... Named Castilleja High School Athlete of the Year in 2005-06 ... Club team claimed silver medal in 17-Open Division at the 2005 Junior Olympics and placed fifth in the 18-Open Division at the 2006 Junior Olympics ... Club team won SoCal and Far Western Qualifiers in 2005, and the Colorado Crossroads and Far Western qualifiers in 2006 ... National Merit Finalist and Cum Laude graduate.

    Personal: Born Ariel Nicole Baxterbeck ... Daughter of Jane Baxter and Steve Beck ... Chose Northwestern over Rice, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgetown ... Sister Allison recently graduated from Northwestern ... Mother swam at UC Santa Barbara ... Majoring in both environmental sciences and psychology.

    Baxterbeck's Career Statistics

    Year M-G K E TA PCT AST SA BS BA DG
    2006 26-96 0 1 8 -.125 618 0 0 87
    2007 23-57 0 0 8 .000 66 0 0 92
    2008 31-117 133 67 477 .138 1911 2 21 207
    2009 32-117 228 120 820 .132 2312 6 47 290
    Totals 112-387 361 188 1,313 .132 5447 8 68 676

    Baxterbeck's Career Highs

    Kills 16, two times (last, 8-28-09 at Kentucky)
    Total Attempts 41, vs. Indiana (10-24-08)
    Hitting Percentage (min. 10 att) .500, two times (last, 9-12-09 vs. James Madison)
    Service Aces 3, vs. Michigan (10-28-06)
    Assists 3, two times (last, 10-3-09 at Michigan State)
    Total Blocks 4, four times (last, 10-11-09 vs. Indiana)
    Digs 19, vs. Florida International (8-29-09)