Sept. 1, 2005
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Northwestern won the first game of the 2005 Four Points University Plaza Wildcat Classic in Tucson, Ariz., Thursday night with a 3-0 sweep of 2004 Big South champion Winthrop, 30-20, 30-19, 30-26.
Sophomore Lindsay Anderson (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) put up her first double-double of the season for the 'Cats, recording 13 kills (.400 hitting percentage) and 12 digs -- both team-best totals.
Senior Christie Gardner (West Bend, Wis./West Bend East) also put up double-digit digs with 11, while junior Julie Purcell (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) led Northwestern with a .529 hitting percentage with nine kills on 17 attempts.
The Wildcats had a great night at the net defensively, totalling 18 block assists. Sophomore Brittney Aldridge (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) led NU with seven. Northwestern held 2004 Big South Player of the Year Mary Hock to just a .094 hitting percentage, forcing her into nine attack errors.
"We did a good job of executing our gameplan at a pretty high level tonight," NU head coach Keylor Chan said. "It is great to get the win, but we have two very tough teams ahead of us and we need to continue to improve."
Northwestern opened up a commanding lead in the first game Thursday night, allowing Winthrop (2-1) to get no closer than 22-17 before running away with a 30-20 win. The Wildcats hit .444 in the game to the Eagles' .107.
In the second game, Northwestern again raced out to a huge lead, 18-5, before a Winthrop timeout. The Eagles fought back, but NU still cruised to a 30-19 decision.
Game three was a much closer affair. Winthrop took the early lead, 5-4, but Northwestern quickly regained it and never trailed again. The Eagles, however, kept it much tighter than the previous two games before NU ended the match with a 30-26 win.
The Wildcats face No. 20 Georgia Tech at 2 p.m. CT tomorrow, Sept. 2, before concluding the tournament at 9 p.m. CT Sept. 3 against No. 17 Arizona.