Oct. 2, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill.-- After wrapping up a five-match homestand with a win over Iowa on Saturday, Northwestern opens a season-long, four-match road trip this weekend as Big Ten play continues against a pair of nationally-ranked foes in the state of Michigan. The Wildcats will first battle No. 14 Michigan in Ann Arbor on Friday, Oct. 4 before tangling with No. 9 Michigan State the following night.
The 'Cats are 1-1 after one weekend of Big Ten play. Here are a few more notes about the Wildcats and this weekend's matches:
Chan Chasing Another Milestone
Northwestern head coach Keylor Chan is only one victories shy of claiming his 200th as the bench boss of the Wildcats. Northwestern's 3-1 victory over the Yale Bulldogs on Sept. 8, 2012 was the 200th career win as a collegiate head coach for the veteran leader. Chan now owns 199 wins in 14 seasons at NU and another 18 in his one season (1999) as the head coach at Furman. Only Jerry Angle, who led the 'Cats from 1978-93, has more wins in program history with 327.
Northwestern went 11-7 away from home last season. The Wildcats earned at least a split in three of four Big Ten road trips this season with key road wins coming at Indiana, Michigan State and Wisconsin. The 11 wins away from home were the most for any Northwestern squad since the 1990 season. NU is 2-4 away from Welsh-Ryan Arena this fall.
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Northwestern has one Michigan native on its roster this season. Freshman Kayla Morin is the daughter of Dave Morin, the head coach of Western Michigan's men's tennis program for the past 17 seasons. Kayla's father has led the program to the NCAA Tournament 10 times, including each of the last two years. After making her collegiate debut in Kalamazoo on Aug. 30, Morin enjoyed a breakout performance in Kalamazoo against Milwaukee on Aug. 31 when she registered her first career double-double behind 11 kills and 22 digs. The Portage, Mich., native scored four of her 11 kills in the decisive fifth set to beat the Panthers.
Stay CLASS-y, Stephanie
Northwestern's lone senior, Stephanie Holthusis a deserving candidate for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award ®. One of thirty nominees nationwide, Holthus has compiled notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. The special group will be whittled to 10 finalists at the midway point of the season when media, coaches and fans will have an opportunity to vote on the candidate who best exemplifies the four categories. The secondary teaching major is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. The two-time team captain signs autographs after home matches, leads skill clinics for young players and leads the team by a tremendous example. As an AVCA All-American in 2012, Holthus' accomplishments on the court also speak for themselves.
Scouting No. 14 Michigan
2013 Record: 10-3, 0-2 Big Ten
Series History: Michigan leads, 36-28
Last NU win: Nov. 16, 2012 at Welsh-Ryan Arena (3-1)
Head Coach: Mark Rosen (Cal State-Northridge, '85)
Top Performers: Lexi Erwin, Sr. OH (2.89 kps, .368 pct, 0.85 bps); Lexi Dannemiller, Jr. S (10.52 aps, 2.13 dps); Tiffany Morales, So. LIB (4.02 dps)
Notable: The Wolverines return 13 letterwinners from the 2012 squad that advanced to the national semifinals for the first time in program history. The returning group includes five starters and the libero.
Scouting No. 9 Michigan State
2013 Record: 13-1, 2-0 Big Ten
Series History: Northwestern leads, 33-31
Last NU win: Oct. 12, 2012 at Jenison Field House (3-1)
Head Coach: Cathy George (Illinois State, '85)
Top Performers: Lauren Wicinski, Sr. OH (4.38 kps, 0.43 aces per set); Alexis Matthews, Sr. MB (1.30 bps, 2.43 kps); Kori Moster, Jr. LIB (4.35 dps, 1.02 aps)
Notable: MSU's Lauren Wicinski is the NCAA's active leader in kills with 2,075. The Geneva, Ill., native, played her first two seasons for the Northern Illinois Huskies before joining the Spartans prior to the 2012 campaign.
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