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    Kate Nobilio
    Kate Nobilio

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Johnsburg, Ill.

    High School:
    Johnsburg

    Height:
    5-4

    Position:
    LIB



    2009: Closes out her career as not just one of the top players in Northwestern history, but Big Ten history as well ... 2009 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and honorable mention All-Big Ten selection ... AVCA Mideast Region All-American ... Finishes her career second all-time in Big Ten history with 2,194 career digs ... Three-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (9/1, 11/2 and 11/23), giving her five for her career, which is a program record ... Became just the fifth player in Big Ten history to reach the 2,000 dig plateau, doing so at Iowa (10/23) ... First player in Northwestern history to record 500 digs in four different seasons ... Her 529 digs is the fourth-best single-season performance in program history ... Led the Big Ten in both total digs and digs per set (4.60) ... Also added 16 service aces, 72 assists and four kills ... Started her senior campaign with a bang, digging 28 balls against Kentucky (8/28), the fourth-best performance in program history for a four-set match ... Followed up that effort with another 28 dig performance against Florida International (8/29) ... Named to the IUPUI Hampton Inn Invitational all-tournament team after recording 51 digs, six assists and three service aces during the weekend's three matches ... Became just the ninth player in Big Ten history to reach 1,900 digs for her career, accomplishing the feat with 18 at Michigan State (10/3) ... Eclipsed the 1,800 dig mark at the Charlotte Tournament, finishing with 44 digs in three matches ... Named to the Wildcat Classic all-tournament team after recording 38 digs on the weekend ... Tied a career-best with seven assists against Cincinnati (9/19) ... Played in her 100th career match against Long Island (9/19) ... Tallied a combined 44 digs in the pair of victories over Wisconsin (11/20) and Iowa (11/21), averaging 6.3 per set ... Notched 27 digs against Minnesota (10/17) ... Tallied 27 digs vs. Illinois (11/25) in her final home game, moving into third-place all-time in Big Ten history ... Recorded 20 or more digs in 10 matches.

    2008: Continued to establish herself as one of the top players in Northwestern history ... Started all 31 matches, seeing action in all 118 sets for the Wildcats ... Became NU's all-time dig leader, recording 17 in the season finale against Illinois (11/29) to surpass Christie Gardner ... Her 554 digs was the third-best single season total in NU history ... Ranked second in the Big Ten and 46th nationally averaging 4.69 digs per set ... Set a new Wildcat program record with 38 digs against Dayton (9/5) ... Also added 17 digs against Cleveland State (9/6) and 18 against Towson (9/6) en route to being named to the Dayton Flyer all-tournament team ... Recorded 18 digs in the season-opening victory over Illinois-Chicago (8/29) ... Followed it up with 22 against Loyola Chicago (8/30) ... Had a combined 50 digs in three sets of the Washington State Cougar Challenge, highlighted by 19 against the host Cougars (9/13) ... Kept up her stellar play with 59 digs at the Wildcat Classic, including 20 against Virginia (9/19) and 26 against fourth-ranked UCLA (9/20) ... Also tied a career-high with seven assists against the Bruins, en route to being named to the all-tournament team ... Moved into second place on the all-time digs list after notching 17 at Michigan State (10/10), surpassing Janine Makar's mark of 1,430 ... Recorded 34 digs in helping the Wildcats upset 17th-ranked Illinois (10/17) ... Added 14 digs the following night at Purdue (10/18) ... Became just the second Wildcat to eclipse the 1,600-dig mark against Penn State (11/21), as her six on the night bumped her career total to 1,603 ... Recorded double-digit dig totals in 27 matches this season, including 10 matches with 20 or more.

    2007: Concluded season ranked No. 9 in NU history with 1,111 career digs ... Started every match save for when an injury kept her out of matches against No. 1 Penn State (11/9) and Ohio State (11/10) ... Broke school single-season record with 603 digs ... Ranked second in the Big Ten and 31st in the nation with 5.69 digs per game ... Opened the season with a 16-dig, four-ace performance against Loyola (Chicago) on 8/24 ... Had a match-best 14 digs in the Chicago Challenge championship match (8/25) ... Named to the Chicago Challenge All-Tournament team ... Had three assists and 17 digs in a three-game match at Loyola Marymount (8/31) ... Reached 21 digs versus UNLV on 9/1 before digging 25 attacks that night against UC Santa Barbara ... Had 18 digs at Georgetown on 9/7, then had 19 digs versus Iona on 9/8 ... Broke the Northwestern three-game digs record with 31 in a sweep of Towson on 9/8, also contributing three assists and three aces in the match ... Named to the Georgetown Classic All-Tournament team ... Had 21 digs and matched her career-best with four aces against Drake (9/14) ... Finished with 20 digs versus Western Michigan (9/14) ... Had a then-career-best five assists, adding 26 digs in a four-game win over Saint Louis (9/15) ... Named MVP of the Wildcat Classic and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 17 ... Had 23 digs and a then-career-best six assists at No. 23 Ohio State (9/21) ... Had a match-best 15 digs at Michigan State (10/3) ... Dug 24 attacks in a three-game match at No. 16 Michigan (10/7) ... Had 21 digs and a career-best seven assists at Purdue (10/12) ... Reached 30 digs for the fourth time in her career with 30 in a four-game match at Indiana on 10/13 ... Had 24 digs in a five-game win over No. 13 Minnesota (10/19) ... Finished with 20 digs against Michigan State (10/24) ... Had 26 digs in a five-game win over No. 20 Michigan (10/26) ... Notched 28 digs in five-game win at Illinois (11/2) ... Had 28 digs for the second-straight match, this time at No. 7 Wisconsin (11/3) ... Returned from injury to make 18 digs in a win at Iowa (11/16), then made 21 saves at Minnesota (11/17) ... Had 23 digs in a three-game win over Indiana (11/23) ... Made 20 digs in a four-game match versus Purdue (11/24).

    2006: Appeared in every match and game ... Led Northwestern with 508 digs (4.70 per game), ranking second in NU single-season history ... Finished third in the Big Ten in digs per game ... Named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team, becoming the first Wildcat to receive the honor since 2001 ... Made first collegiate start in season opener against UIC (8/29), registering 15 digs, four assists and an ace from the libero position ... Named to the Western Michigan Clarion Classic All-Tournament team ... Had 15 digs again in her second match, this time against IUPUI (9/2) ... Dug a team-best 22 balls at Western Michigan (9/2) ... Set a Northwestern four-game match record with 34 digs at No. 9 Hawaii (9/8), tying for the third-best total in any length match in NU history ... Named to the Waikiki Beach Marriott Volleyball Challenge All-Tournament team ... Reached 20 digs for the third time this season with her performance against Pittsburgh (9/15) ... Had a crucial service ace late in game five to take the momentum away from No. 24 Arizona in a five-match NU win (9/16) ... Turned in 32 digs against Minnesota on Sept. 22, then had 19 in a three-game match against No. 14 Wisconsin ... Turned in 23 digs in a three-game match at Michigan (10/6), the best total for any Big Ten student-athlete to that point in the season ... Dug 25 balls in a 3-2 win over No. 16 Ohio State (10/14) ... Earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 16 ... Again had 25 digs in a four-game match at Indiana (10/20) before turning in a match-best 18 at No. 14 Purdue (10/21) ... Had 17 digs in a 5-game win over Michigan (10/28) ... Again had 17 digs in a win at Illinois (11/1) before notching 21 in a four-game win at Iowa (11/4) ... Dug 24 attacks at No. 10 Wisconsin (11/10) ... Had 16 digs against No. 23 Purdue (11/17) before recording 19 to go along with her first-career kill in a sweep of Indiana (11/18).

    High School: Ranked No. 112 on Prep Volleyball's "Senior Aces" list ... 2004 and 2005 Big Northern East all-conference selection ... Named team MVP and best defensive player in 2004 and 2005 ... Named to the 2005 Northwest Herald "Top Five Players to Watch" list ... Northwest Herald first-team All-Area selection ... Honorable mention Champaign News Gazette All-State honoree ... 2005 Minooka all-tournament team selection ... High school team advanced to regional championship before falling to No. 1 team in state ... Participated with Sky High volleyball club ... Club finished third in 2003 and 2004 in the club national division at the U.S. Junior Nationals ... Named to all-tournament team in both years ... 2005 and 2006 Prep Volleyball first-team Dandy Lion selection ... Club finished 14th in open division at the U.S. Junior Nationals in 2005 and 18th in 2006 ... National Honor Society and High Honor Roll member ... Who's Who Among American High School Students, sports edition honoree.

    Personal: Born Kate Kendall Nobilio ... Daughter of John and Christine Nobilio ... Sister Brittany plays volleyball at Eastern Kentucky ... Chose Northwestern over Miami (Fla.), Western Michigan and Penn State ... Majoring in secondary teaching.

    Nobilio's Career Statistics

    Year M-G K E TA PCT AST SA BS BA DG
    2006 29-108 1 2 9 -.111 3620 0 0 508
    2007 29-106 2 2 11 .000 8621 0 0 603
    2008 31-118 3 3 24 .000 8413 0 0 554
    2009 31-115 4 3 21 .048 7216 0 0 529
    Totals 120-447 10 10 65 .000 27870 0 0 2,194

    Nobilio's Career Highs

    Kills 1, 10 times (last, 11-27-09 at Minnesota)
    Total Attempts 3, at Washington State (9-13-08)
    Hitting Percentage (min. 10 att) N/A
    Service Aces 4, three times (last, 9-14-07 vs. Drake)
    Assists 7, two times (last, 9-19-09 vs. Cincinnati)
    Total Blocks N/A
    Digs 38, at Dayton (9-5-08)