Nov. 29, 2003
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EVANSTON, Ill. -
What was supposed to be a memorable night for Northwestern's seniors turned into a forgettable one.
Ahead 28-24 in Game 4, NU's volleyball team (18-14 overall, 9-11 Big Ten) let its lead slip and consequently fell to Michigan 30-17, 31-29, 24-30, 30-28 to close out its regular season Saturday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
The match also marked the last game for the Wildcat seniors, including Iwona Lodzik (Tarnobrzeg, Poland/Tarnobrzeg), who punched out a match-high 20 kills while compiling eight digs. Classmate Erika Lange (Orland Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg) added17 kills and eight total blocks.
"We should have taken Game 4; however, it just was not there for us tonight," said head coach Keylor Chan. "We fought hard, but it is still a tough loss."
Jennifer Gandolph led the Wolverines (20-11, 12-8) with 19 kills and 16 digs. Teammates Erin Cobler and Erin Moore each hit over .300 en route to 14 kills apiece.
After dropping the first two games, the 'Cats came out of the break more aggressive in Game 3, as Lodzik and Lange slammed six kills and four kills, respectively, to help NU get the win. As a team, Northwestern hit .250 and blocked eight attacks in Game 3.
In Game 4, NU seemed in control, building leads of four twice to be eventually two points away from the win. Following their timeout, the Wolverines reeled off six straight points and rallied for the match. Moore notched seven kills (.455 attack percentage) as Michigan improved its win total in the Big Ten for the fourth straight year under head coach Mark Rosen.
"The Wolverines played hard and executed well," said Chan. "Now we'll see where our fate lies tomorrow."
Northwestern will find out if it will make the postseason as the NCAA Tournament Selection Show make its picks 7 p.m. (Central) Sunday on ESPNews.