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    Northwestern Visits No. 13 Purdue & Indiana This Weekend

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    Freshman Abbie Kraus is tied for ninth in the Big Ten in aces per set.

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    Freshman Abbie Kraus is tied for ninth in the Big Ten in aces per set.
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    Sept. 26, 2012

    Northwestern (11-2, 0-2 Big Ten) at No. 13 Purdue (11-2, 2-0 Big Ten)
    Friday, Sept. 28
    Holloway Gymnasium (2,288)
    West Lafayette, Ind. • 6 p.m. CT
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    Northwestern Notes (PDF)

    Northwestern (11-2, 0-2 Big Ten) at Indiana (8-6, 0-2 Big Ten)
    Saturday, Sept. 29
    University Gymnasium (2,000)
    Bloomington, Ind. • 6 p.m. CT
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    GameTracker: @NU_SportsLIVE
    Northwestern Notes (PDF)

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- After opening the Big Ten slate at Welsh-Ryan Arena last weekend, the Northwestern Wildcats will next embark upon on brief two-match road trip to visit 13th-ranked Purdue and Indiana on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

     

     

    The 'Cats will take on the Boilermakers Friday at 6 p.m. CT inside the always hostile Holloway Gymnasium. Northwestern is seeking its first triumph over Purdue since Sept. 25, 2010, when it claimed a third consecutive five-set win.

    NU will travel just over 100 miles from West Lafayette, Ind. to Bloomington, where it will square off with the Hoosiers at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. The Wildcats have controlled the series between the two foes of late, winning six consecutive matches, including the last three without dropping a set.

    Holthus Joins 1K Club
    In the second set Sunday against Minnesota, junior outside hitter Stephanie Holthus buried her seventh kill of the match to give the Wildcats a 10-8 lead early in frame. That particular kill marked an important milestone for Holthus, as it was the 1,000th of her career in a Northwestern uniform. The Burlington, Ill., native passed Molly Maloney ('91-'94) during the match and now ranks 18th on NU's all-time list with 1,014. Melissa Doan ('95-'98) is next in Holthus' sights with 1,059, while Janine Makar ('85-'88) is Northwestern's all-time leader with 1,666 kills. Holthus becomes the 20th player in program history to accomplish the feat and the first since All-American Sabel Moffett ('07-'10) did so on Oct. 29, 2010, also against Minnesota.

    Gimme Shalter
    Northwestern fifth-year senior Madalyn Shalter was named Big Ten Setter of the Week in back-to-back weeks on Sept. 10 and Sept. 17. In six matches over that span, the Ottawa, Ohio, native handed out 12.05 assists per set while helping the Wildcats claim team trophies at the Yale Invitational and the Wildcat Classic. Shalter also averaged 3.43 digs per set and added 15 kills, 13 blocks and eight aces during that time. She is the first player in Big Ten history to win the award in back-to-back weeks and she joined Nebraska's Meghan Haggerty (Freshman) as the only players to win back-to-back honors of any kind this season.

    Milestone Monitor
    Shalter is attempting to become the 14th player in Northwestern history to record 1,000 digs in a career, needing 45 to join the exclusive group; she needs 128 to join the top-10 in that category. The fifth-year player also needs only 32 assists to crack the top-10 in that category and could become the first player in program history to rank in the top-10 in both digs and assists.

    Chin Digging Up The Charts
    Senior libero Julie Chin currently ranks ninth in Northwestern history with 1,206 digs, 12 behind eighth-place Stacey Kammes ('89-'92). After opening the season 11th on the list, Chin has passed Lizzie Carlson ('02-'05) on Sept. 1 against Cincinnati and Carmen Burbach ('97-'00) on Sept. 7 against Brown. Kate Nobilio ('06-'09), who played under current head coach Keylor Chan, is NU's all-time leader in digs with 2,194.

    Where We Rank ... In The Big Ten
    Five different 'Cats are scattered across the leaderboard in six different statistical categories this week. Shalter leads the conference with 11.73 assists per set and ranks seventh with 3.67 digs per set. Holthus ranks third with 4.92 points per set and also third with 4.31 kills per frame. Katie Dutchman, who has only 24 errors on 242 attempts all season, ranks fifth with an attacking percentage of .438. The middle blocker is seventh in the Big Ten with 0.40 aces per set, while teammates Savannah Paffen and Abbie Kraus are tied for ninth with 0.31 aces per set.

    Where We Rank ... In The NCAA
    Shalter, Holthus and Dutchman, each a captain for Northwestern this season, also hold prominent positions in the latest national rankings, which were released Monday. Dutchman is 11th in hitting percentage, while Shalter checks in at 12th overall in assists per set. Holthus rose steadily in two categories this week and ranks 24th in points per set and 27th in kills.

    Scouting Purdue
    2012: 11-2, 2-0 Big Ten
    Last Week: W at No. 25 Michigan State (3-2); W at (rv) Michigan (3-2)
    Head Coach: Dave Shondell (Ball State, '81). 10th season at Purdue (202-110; .647) and 10th overall.
    All-Time Series: Purdue leads, 47-26.
    Notable: Purdue captured a pair of Big Ten weekly awards when the winners were announced Monday. Libero Carly Cramer was named the Defensive Player of the Week and outside hitter Annie Drews captured Freshman of the Week accolades. Cramer recorded her 1,000th career dig over the weekend and averaged 4.70 digs per set in wins over No. 25 Michigan State and Michigan. Drews controlled the net with an average of 1.10 blocks per set and 2.40 kills per set for the Boilermakers. The awards are the first this season for any Purdue player.

    Scouting Indiana
    2012: 8-6, 0-2 Big Ten
    Last Week: L at (rv) Michigan (1-3); L at No. 25 Michigan State (0-3)
    Head Coach: Sherry Dunbar (Ball State, '92). Sixth season at Indiana (89-92; .492) and 10th overall (202-112; .643).
    All-Time Series: Northwestern leads, 33-28.
    Notable: A pair of Hoosiers rank amongst the Big Ten's best in two key statistical categories. Senior Samantha Thrower has been the conference's most prolific blocker this season with 1.43 blocks per set. She has 11 solo blocks in 2012, most amongst the league leaders. Freshman Katie Gallagher currently ranks third in the Big Ten in assists with 11.27 per set. Gallagher led the Big Ten in that category for a time this season until she was surpassed by the conference's current leader, NU's Shalter.

    [Inside Northwestern Volleyball]

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