Sept. 17, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern fifth-year senior setter Madalyn Shalter has been named the Big Ten Setter of the Week for the second consecutive time, the league announced Monday.
Shalter becomes the first player in conference history to claim the award in back-to-back weeks and it is the second weekly accolade of her career. She becomes the second player to win an award of any kind in back-to-back weeks this season.
The Ottawa, Ohio, native averaged 11.40 assists per set in three wins at the 31st Wildcat Classic over the weekend. The primary setter also led the team with 3.50 digs per set and chipped in with seven blocks, seven kills and four service aces. For her effort, Shalter was named to the Wildcat Classic All-Tournament Team for the second straight season.
Shalter opened the tournament Friday with a match-high 36 helpers to go along with 10 digs as the Wildcats defeated the Delaware Blue Hens in straight sets. The senior also guided the NU offense to its best hitting percentage of the season, a mark of .365 (42 kills - 7 errors - 96 total attempts).
Later that day, Shalter handed out 33 assists and recorded a team-high four blocks in Northwestern's three-set win against the Saint Louis Billikens. She wrapped up the tournament on Sunday afternoon against Western Michigan with her eighth double-double of the season behind 45 assists and 17 digs, both team-highs.
Shalter currently leads the Big Ten with 11.93 assists per set and ranks ninth with 3.55 digs per set.
Shalter and the Wildcats are off to the best start in program history. Northwestern finished its nonconference schedule undefeated for the first time ever and has won 11 consecutive matches at any point in a season for the first time since 1983.
The 'Cats open Big Ten play this weekend with Wisconsin and No. 10 Minnesota invading Welsh-Ryan Arena on Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., respectively. Northwestern defeated both schools on its home floor last season.
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