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    Northwestern Prepared to Host 26th Wildcat Classic

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Senior Courtnie Paulus needs 24 kills this weekend to join teammate Lindsay Anderson in the 1,000-Kill club at Northwestern.
    Senior Courtnie Paulus needs 24 kills this weekend to join teammate Lindsay Anderson in the 1,000-Kill club at Northwestern.

    Sept. 12, 2007

    Northwestern Wildcat Classic Notes in PDF Format
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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern returns home to host the 26th edition of the Wildcat Classic this weekend, welcoming Drake, Saint Louis and Western Michigan to Welsh-Ryan Arena. The tournament runs Sept. 14-15, and is part of Wildcat Women's Sport Weekend at NU.

    The round-robin event will run in three, two-match sessions, with the first two taking place Friday before the final session Saturday afternoon. For complete match times, see the schedule toward the bottom of this page.

    Northwestern has a successful history in its traditional home tournament, compiling a 47-22 record in the past 25 years of competition, including a 14-4 mark under head coach Keylor Chan. Additionally, NU is 20-5 at home against nonconference opponents under Chan, including a perfect 10-0 in the past three years.

    The Wildcats are coming off a dominating performance at the Georgetown Classic, sweeping their way to victories in all three matches to claim the Classic championship. In Friday's match against Georgetown, the 'Cats' victory gave Chan his 100th win at NU.

    Sophomore Kate Nobilio (Johnsburg, Ill./Johnsburg) currently ranks 10th in the nation with 6.19 digs per game after setting the Northwestern three-game match digs record with 31 on September 8 against Towson.

    Senior Courtnie Paulus (Belgium, Wis./Ozaukee) enters this weekend 24 kills shy of becoming the 18th member of the Northwestern 1,000-Kill club.



    Drake is the lone participant in the 2007 Wildcat Classic with previous experience at the Classic, but that came all the way back in 1978 when the Bulldogs went 0-2 in Evanston. Drake is making its foray away from Des Moines this weekend after playing its first eight matches at home.

    Western Michigan comes to Evanston after hosting Northwestern at the 2006 Clarion Classic. The Broncos are 7-3 on the season entering this weekend, and are making their first trip to the Wildcat Classic.

    Saint Louis also is making its first appearance in the Wildcat Classic. A 2006 NCAA Tournament participant, the Billikens are 8-2 coming into this weekend, suffering their only losses of the season against a ranked LSU squad and also versus Illinois State.

    For Northwestern's complete Wildcat Classic notes package, click on the .pdf link at the top of this page. For Gametracker links and match scores as the weekend progresses, visit the Official Tournament Page.

    The Tournament

    Friday, September 14
    Saint Louis vs. Western Michigan 10:30 a.m.
    Northwestern vs. Drake 12:30 p.m.
    Drake vs. Saint Louis 5 p.m.
    Northwestern vs. Western Michigan 7 p.m.

    Saturday, September 15
    Drake vs. Western Michigan Noon
    Northwestern vs. Saint Louis 2:30 p.m.

    Series Records
    Drake: Northwestern leads, 3-1
    Last Meeting: Sept. 27, 1980 (NU, 3-0)
    Western Michigan: WMU leads, 6-5
    Last Meeting: Sept. 2, 2006 (WMU, 3-2)
    Saint Louis: Teams have never met

    On The Web
    Gametracker will be available at for all six matches of the Wildcat Classic. Also, live streaming video of Northwestern's matches will be available at via CSTV's premium All-Access service. For links to Gametracker and other information on all matches, link to the official tournament page available on the volleyball page at