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    Sept. 5, 1997

    Northwestern Wins First-Day of Wildcat Volleyball Classic

    EVANSTON, Ill. - The Northwestern volleyball team moved to 5-0 on the season with a 15-8, 15-13, 17-5 win over the Kansas Jayhawks in opening-night action of the Evanston Holiday Inn/Wildcat Classic at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The #4 Florida Gators defeated the Hokies of Virginia Tech in the first match of the evening, 15-5, 15-8, 15-8.

    Northwestern's victory moved them to 5-0 for the first time since 1987. Senior Sharon Fisk led the way with 11 kills and a .360 hitting percentage. She also added eight digs and a team-high four block assists. Freshman Carmen Burbach and junior Jessica Holloway each added 11 kills. Burbach led the team with 10 digs, while Holloway chipped in with nine. Junior setter Liz Renius had a match-high 45 assists. Amanda Reves and Moira Donovan led Kansas, now 1-3, with 15 kills apiece. Laura Rohde had 23 assists and Tiffany Sennett added 20. Donovan had a team-high 10 digs.

    In the first match of the evening, Florida dominated throughout, moving to 4-0 on the season. Nina Foster was the big gun for Florida, knocking down 15 kills and hitting at a .636 clip. Jenny Manz and Aurymar Rodriguez had eight kills apiece. Nikki Shade had 37 assists. Virginia Tech, 1-3, was led by Rachel Julian's nine kills and Britton Julian's 25 assists. Meredith Braine had nine digs.

    Day two of the Wildcat Classic starts tomorrow at 10 a.m. with Florida taking on Kansas. Northwestern and Virginia Tech tangle at noon, Virginia Tech and Kansas play at 5 p.m. and Northwestern and Florida do battle at 7:30 p.m.