Nov. 2, 2012
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Watch: Indiana Match Highlights
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
Score: Indiana 3, Northwestern 0
Records: NU (15-9, 4-9 Big Ten), Indiana (11-14, 3-10 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Saturday, Nov. 3 -- vs. No. 22 Purdue (Welsh-Ryan Arena), 7 p.m.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Indiana used a relentless attack from all angles to topple the Northwestern Wildcats at Welsh-Ryan Arena Friday night, 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-23). The loss snapped a seven-match winning streak that the 'Cats owned in the series dating back to Oct. 11, 2009.
"Indiana came out with a lot of energy and we were not ready to match them from the start," said Northwestern head coach Keylor Chan. "We made some mistakes early on tonight that we don't usually make and they added up quickly.
"We'll have to put this behind us in a hurry tonight because we have to prepare for another tough challenge in our gym tomorrow night against Purdue," said Chan.
The Wildcats got off to an uncharacteristically slow start Friday evening. The Hoosiers were clicking on all cylinders as they rushed out to a 5-1 lead, which they later extended to 18-10, prompting NU to use its second timeout of the set. The 'Cats caught a bit of fire out of the stoppage and eventually pulled to within three points at 19-16 on a block by the duo of Savannah Paffen and Madalyn Shalter.
After Indiana used a timeout of its own, Northwestern clawed to within two points at 22-20 on a kill from sophomore Hannah Crippen, but they would come no closer. Indiana finished the frame on a three-point run to close it out, 25-20.
The Hoosiers hit .441 (19 kills - 4 errors - 34 attempts) in the first set as a team, their best single-set effort of the night.
Indiana began its charge even earlier in the second set. The Cream-and-Crimson used a decisive 11-4 run to go up by a score of 15-8 following another miscue by the Wildcats. NU struggled to find an offensive rhythm for much of the night, but particularly in the second frame. Northwestern recorded only seven kills and coupled that with seven errors in the second as it would come no closer than five points for the duration of the set.
Following the intermission it looked as though the Wildcats had carved out a bit of a groove. NU was the aggressor as it built a four-point lead at 12-8 on a kill from Paffen; later the lead grew to 17-12 on a termination from Yewande Akanbi.
The pesky Hoosiers did not relent, however, and eventually secured a 19-18 lead of their own using a 7-1 run, culminating on an ace by Jordan Haverly. Northwestern mounted its own brief comeback to take the lead, 22-20, on a kill from Stephanie Holthus.
However, three critical attacking errors down the stretch by NU proved to be too much to overcome and Kelci Marshall's 12th kill of the match propelled her team to a 25-23 set victory and a 3-0 triumph for the match.
IU finished the match with an overall attacking percentage of only .287, but it held Northwestern to a below-average mark of .170. The 'Cats were troubled by 18 attack errors and another five from the service line.
Katie Dutchman led the offensive attack for the Wildcats with nine kills , while Holthus finished with eight. Holthus, Dutchman and Paffen each garnered three blocks in the match, while senior libero Julie Chin dug out a team-high 10 attacks.
Haverly led all players with 15 kills, while the Hoosier libero, Caitlin Hansen notched a match-high 14 digs in the win for her team.
The Wildcats return to the floor at home on Saturday night for a clash with the 22nd-ranked Purdue Boilermakers at 7 p.m. Northwestern was tripped up in the first meeting between the two schools this season, 3-1, on Sept. 28 in West Lafayette, Ind.
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