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    Courtnie Paulus
    Courtnie Paulus

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Belgium, Wis.

    High School:
    Ozaukee

    Height:
    6-0

    Position:
    OH

    Birthdate:
    06/23/1986



    2007: Concluded career as seventh Wildcat to reach the 1,000-kill, 1,000-dig club ... Ranks 12th in school history with 1,201 kills and is tied for 11th with 1,013 digs ... Career kills per game average of 2.91 ranks ninth in school history ... Started every match except when a minor injury kept her out of matches against No. 13 Minnesota and Iowa on October 19-20 ... Opened the year with a double-double against Loyola (Chicago) on 8/24, notching 10 kills and a match-best 16 digs ... Had a match-high 15 kills with a .424 hitting percentage (15-2-28) against Illinois-Chicago (8/25) ... Named MVP of the Chicago Challenge ... Had 11 digs at Loyola Marymount (8/31) ... Recorded 15 kills on 9/1 against UNLV, then had her first-career 20-20 double-double with 26 kills and 20 digs against UC Santa Barbara (9/1) ... Named to LMU Four Points Sheraton LAX Classic All-Tournament team ... Tied career-high with four aces against Iona (9/8) ... Had 11 kills with a .389 hitting percentage (11-4-18) versus Towson (9/8) ... Became the 18th member of the Northwestern 1,000-kill club on 9/15 with a 17-kill performance against Saint Louis ... Also tied her career-high with eight blocks and added 10 digs and a .400 hitting percentage (17-3-35) in that match ... Named to the Wildcat Classic All-Tournament team ... Hit .325 (18-5-40) with six block assists and three aces for a team-high 24.0 points in a win at No. 23 Ohio State (9/21) ... Had 17 kills at Purdue (10/12) ... Double-doubled against Michigan State with 11 kills and 13 digs (10/24) ... Had a team-best 16 kills and 13 digs for another double-double in a win over No. 20 Michigan (10/26) ... Led NU with 18 kills in a five-game win at Illinois (11/2), also earning a double-double with 19 digs ... Wore the libero jersey for two games against No. 1 Penn State (11/9) in place of an injured Kate Nobilio, recording a team-best 15 digs ... Matched her career-best with four aces while earning 22 kills and 14 digs in a four-game win over Ohio State (11/10) ... Had 14 kills and 16 digs in a win at Iowa (11/16) ... Finished with 12 kills in a win over Indiana (11/23) ... Had a double-double in final home match, recording 16 kills and 10 digs against Purdue (11/24) ... Academic All-Big Ten.

    2006: Appeared in every match, until an illness kept her out of the final two matches of the year ... Finished second on the team with 309 kills and 3.03 kills per game ... Also was second on the team with 61 assists, 35 service aces and 278 digs ... Was third on the squad with 91 total blocks (0.89 per game) ... Finished ninth in the Big Ten with 0.34 aces per game ... Turned in a career-best seven blocks in the first match of the year against UIC (8/29) ... Added a career-best hitting percentage effort in the next match of the season with a .526 mark against IUPUI (9/2) ... Set a career-high with eight assists at Western Michigan (9/2) ... Led NU with 11 digs against No. 8 Stanford (9/7) ... Notched a double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs at No. 9 Hawaii (9/8) ... Had 13 digs versus Fairfield (9/9) ... Named Tournament MVP of the Wildcat Classic ... Tied her career high with seven blocks against Eastern Illinois (9/15) ... Killed 17 balls and notched 11 digs against Pittsburgh (9/15) ... Had a team-best 15 kills along with 16 digs and a career-high four aces against No. 24 Arizona (9/16) ... Led NU with 15 kills and had a double-double with 13 digs against Minnesota (9/22) ... Killed 10 balls in a sweep of Iowa (9/29) ... Recorded 14 kills in a five-game win at Michigan State (10/7) ... Unleashed 17 kills against No. 2 Penn State (10/13) ... Had a double-double with 15 kills and 13 digs in a win over No. 16 Ohio State (10/14) ... Had another double-double at Indiana (10/20) with 16 kills and 13 digs before making it three straight with 11 kills and 11 digs at No. 14 Purdue (10/21) ... Notched 18 kills and career-high 21 digs with three aces in five-game win over Michigan (10/28) ... Had 13 kills in a four-game win at Illinois (11/1) ... Had a double-double with a season-best 20 kills and 18 digs, also recording a career-high eight blocks at Iowa (11/4) ... Had a team-season-best 24 kills against No. 23 Purdue (11/17) before notching 14 more the next night against Indiana (11/18).

    2005: Appeared in every game in 2005 ... Had a double-double in the first match of the year, recording 12 kills and 10 digs against UW-Green Bay (8/27) ... Set then-career-high .458 hitting percentage against No. 17 Arizona (9/3), notching 15 kills on 24 attempts with four errors ... Tied then-career-high with five blocks against Loyola (Ill.) (9/9) ... Put up her second double-double of the season with 10 kills and 10 digs against Kentucky (9/17) ... Reached then-season-best 12 digs against Iowa in Big Ten opener (9/23) ... Eclipsed career-best with four aces in the first game of NU's match at Illinois on 9/30 ... Had a season-high five assists and tied her then-season- and career-best with five blocks against No. 18 Ohio State (10/8) ... Led NU with 13 kills at No. 8 Wisconsin on 10/12 ... Recorded back-to-back double-doubles at No. 19 Ohio State (10 kills, 13 digs) on 10/28 and at No. 3 Penn State (10 kills, 10 digs) on 10/29 ... Extended double-double streak to four against No. 15 Purdue (12 kills, season-high 16 digs) on 11/4 and versus Illinois (10 kills, 13 digs) on 11/5 ... Had a team-best 14 kills and a career-high seven blocks against Michigan (11/19) ... Had a then-season-best 17 kills in final match of the regular season at Indiana (11/25) ... Had team-best 18 kills to go along with 10 digs for a double-double in the NCAA Tournament first round against Texas A&M (12/1).

    2004: Played in 91 games and 28 matches ... Earned all-tournament honors at Chicago Challenge after only starting two of the three games ... Earned all-tournament honors for second-consecutive week at Wildcat Classic ... Second on team in kills (281) and third in kills per game (3.09) ... One of three 'Cats to average more than three kills per game (along with Julie Purcell and Lindsay Anderson) ... Second on team in double-doubles with seven, ending the season with two in a row ... Posted double-digit kill total 13 times, including six in a row ... Recorded double-digit dig total nine times ... Recorded attack percentage of .250 or better four times ... Notched career-high 28 kills in NU's first Big Ten win of the year against Iowa (10/8), tying Lindsay Anderson for most kills in a match all season ... Posted 20 or more digs twice.

    High School: Three-time team MVP and first team all-conference ... Holds career record at high school for kills and blocks ... Team was conference champion two straight seasons, as well as the regional champion in 2003 ... Earned Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association first-team all-state honors in 2003 ... Ranked No. 70 on the prepvolleyball.com "Senior Aces" list ... Played on club volleyball team Milwaukee Sting with fellow newcomer Stefanie Alde ... Class secretary ... National Honor Society member.

    Personal: Born Courtnie Helen Paulus on 6/23/86 ... Daughter of John and Cindy Paulus ... Major is psychology.

    Paulus' Career Statistics

    Year M-G K E TA PCT AST SA BS BA DG
    2004 28-91 281 192 854 .104 23 15 3 25 229
    2005 32-114 296 168 843 .152 95 33 16 75 267
    2006 27-102 309 159 917 .164 61 35 14 77 278
    2007 29-106 315 152 879 .185 19 32 3 59 295
    Totals 116-413 1,201 671 3,493 .152 190 111 35 228 1,013

    Paulus' Career Highs

    Kills 28, at Iowa (10-8-04)
    Total Attempts 66, vs. Ohio State (10-14-06)
    Hitting Percentage (min. 10 att) .526 (11-1-19), vs. IUPUI (9-2-06)
    Service Aces 4, three times (last, 11-10-07 vs. Ohio State)
    Total Blocks 8, twice (last, 9-15-07 vs. Saint Louis)
    Digs 21, twice; most recently vs. Michigan (10-28-06)