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    Northwestern Defeats Hurricanes, 3-1

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM NU improved to 6-2 with Friday night's win over Miami (Fla.)
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    NU improved to 6-2 with Friday night's win over Miami (Fla.)
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Sept. 12, 2003

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    MIAMI, Fla. - Iwona Lodzik (Tarnobrzeg, Poland/Tarnobrzeg) led the Northwestern women's volleyball team against the Hurricanes Friday night, as the Wildcats defeated their hosts in the second match of the Orange and Green Challenge by a score of 3-1.

    Game scores were 25-30, 30-28, 30-28, 30-26. The Wildcats improved to 6-2 with the victory -- all of them coming in a row -- while the Hurricanes fell to 7-3.

    "I am very proud of our performance tonight," said head coach Keylor Chan. "Our team went out and executed every aspect of our game plan. We looked much sharper than we did earlier today."

    Northwestern was led by senior outside hitter Lodzik, who recorded 23 kills, 14 digs, three block assists and a hitting percentage of .452. All-America candidate Erika Lange (Orland Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg) backed up Lodzik, as she tallied 20 kills, two service aces, five block assists, one solo block and a .471 hitting percentage. Junior setter Drew Robertson (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly) led the team in assists with 64, while also adding six kills, seven digs and four block assists.

    The 'Cats jumped on top of Miami early in game one, taking a 3-1 lead, but the Hurricanes battled back and tied the score at three. After a 4-0 run, Northwestern reclaimed the lead and had a 9-4 advantage. Miami fought hard and managed to take a 15-13 lead halfway into the game. The Wildcats went on a 4-1 fun late, but it wouldn't be enough as the 'Canes defeated the Purple and White by a score of 30-25.

    In the second game, Miami and Northwestern swapped points early, but the 'Canes took advantage of a 4-0 run early to take a 9-5 lead. At the midpoint of the game, the team from South Florida led 15-10. The Wildcats went on an 11-2 run and took a four-point lead on Miami, 21-17. The Hurricanes cut NU's lead to one late in the game, but could not go ahead, as the 'Cats won 30-28.

     

     

    Neither Miami nor Northwestern could pull away early in the third game, as the two teams swapped points, but the 'Cats went on a 6-0 run to take a 15-9 lead at the midway point. The 'Canes responded with a run of their own and cut the NU lead to one, at 15-14. Miami continued to battle and tied the score at 18, but a 3-0 run by the Wildcats would give them a lead they would not relinquish. Northwestern defeated the Hurricanes, 30-28.

    Northwestern fell behind early in the fourth game, as the Hurricanes jumped out to a 2-0 lead. The Wildcats quickly took a two point lead that they would never give up. The 'Canes tied the score once, but that was as close as they would come. The Purple and White led 15-11 at the midpoint, but the Hurricanes were not finished. Miami cut NU's lead to one late in game, but the Wildcats went on a late 4-0 run and claimed the 30-26 victory.

    The Hurricanes were led by Valeria Tipiana, the 2002 Big East Player of the Year, who had 15 kills, two service aces, nine digs, five block assists and a .394 hitting percentage.

    The Wildcats will return to action tomorrow, when they take on the Columbia Lions at 9 a.m. at the Knight Sports Complex on the University of Miami campus.