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    Wildcats Open Three-Match Road Trip In Great Lake State

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    Julie Chin ranks sixth on the all-time digs list at Northwestern with 1,248.

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    Julie Chin ranks sixth on the all-time digs list at Northwestern with 1,248.
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    Oct. 10, 2012

    Northwestern (12-5, 1-5 Big Ten) at No. 25 Michigan State (15-3, 3-3 Big Ten)
    Friday, Oct. 12
    Jenison Fieldhouse (5,017)
    East Lansing, Mich. • 5:30 p.m. CT
    Audio: Spartan Sports Network
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    Northwestern Match Notes (PDF)

    Northwestern (12-5, 1-5 Big Ten) at (rv) Michigan (14-6, 2-4 Big Ten)
    Saturday, Oct. 13
    Cliff Keen Arena (1,800)
    Ann Arbor, Mich. • 6:30 p.m.
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    Northwestern Match Notes (PDF)

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern will look to get back to its winning ways this weekend when it sets out on a three-match road trip beginning with a weekend stint in the Great Lake State. The Wildcats will take on No. 25 Michigan State Friday evening before traveling to play the Michigan Wolverines Saturday night.

    Road Warriors
    After playing seven of its last nine matches at Welsh-Ryan Arena, Northwestern will be on the road for five of its next six Big Ten contests. The Wildcats begin their longest stretch away from home of the Big Ten season Friday at Michigan State. NU has matches at Michigan on Oct. 13 and Illinois on Oct. 17 before returning to Evanston to face the Iowa Hawkeyes on Sunday, Oct. 21. The segment ends with matches at Minnesota and Wisconsin on Oct. 26 and Oct. 28, respectively. Northwestern is 9-1 away from home this season, with its only loss thus far coming at the hands of 13th-ranked Purdue on Sept. 28.

     

     

    No More Than Four
    Northwestern is the only team in the Big Ten that has yet to play a five-set match this season. The 11 other member schools have played at least two five-set matches each this season, while Illinois has played the most with six, including each of its last three. The last two times that the Wildcats went five with an opponent happened at Michigan State and Michigan on Nov. 18 and 19 of last year. The Wildcats are one of 12 teams nationwide without a five-set match this season; from that group, only Northern Arizona has a higher winning percentage (.824) than Northwestern (.706).

    Milestone Monitor
    Fifth-year senior setter Madalyn Shalter entered the top-10 in program history in assists on Sept. 28 at Purdue and now owns 1,983 career helpers. Meanwhile, Shalter is also attempting to become only the 14th player in Northwestern history to record 1,000 digs in a career, needing just five to join the exclusive group. The Ottawa, Ohio, native needs 122 to join 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. Currently, Liz Renius ('95-'98) is the only Wildcat to rank in the top-10 in assists (3rd with 4,783) and record more than 1,000 digs (1,013).

    Holthus Joins 1K Club
    In the second set against Minnesota on Sept. 23, 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 now ranks 17th on NU's all-time list with 1,075. Miriam Stariha ('88-'91) is next in Holthus' sights with 1,096, 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.

    Chin Digs
    Senior libero Julie Chin currently ranks sixth in Northwestern history with 1,248 digs, 87 behind fifth-place Jessica Holloway ('95-'98). After opening the season 11th on the list, Chin passed Lizzie Carlson ('02-'05) on Sept. 1 against Cincinnati, Carmen Burbach ('97-'00) on Sept. 7 against Brown, Stacey Kammes ('89-'92) on Sept. 29 at Indiana and both Kathy Burns ('84-'87) and Shelley Brzozowski ('86-'89) against Penn State on Oct. 5. Kate Nobilio ('06-'09), who played under current head coach Keylor Chan, is NU's all-time leader in digs with 2,194.

    [Inside Northwestern Volleyball]

    Best. Start. Ever.
    Northwestern kicked off the 2012 campaign with the best start in program history. The Wildcats won their first 11 matches of the season, which included a clean sweep of all four nonconference tournaments they entered. Prior to the current group's streak, the best start open to a season belonged to the 1987 squad that won its first nine contests. The 11 victories this year also marked the longest winning streak completed since the 1983 Wildcats won 12 in a row between Oct. 19 and Nov. 19 that season.

    Scouting Michigan State
    2012: 15-3, 3-3 Big Ten; ranked No. 25 in the AVCA Coaches Poll.
    Last Week: W at Wisconsin (3-1); L at No. 10 Minnesota (2-3).
    Head Coach: Cathy George (Illinois State, '85). Eighth season at Michigan State (124-107; .537) and 26th overall (501-331; .602).
    All-Time Series: Northwestern leads, 32-30.
    Notable: Michigan State head coach Cathy George became the 34th active head coach to record her 500th career win when the Spartans downed the Iowa Hawkeyes, 3-0, on Sept. 29. George also holds the distinction of being the first female head coach to lead a team to the NCAA Division I Final Four when she coached the University of Texas-Arlington to the national semifinal in 1989. She had guided nine teams to the NCAA Tournament in 25 seasons, most recently the 2011 Spartans, who advanced to the second round before bowing out against No. 1 Texas.

    Scouting Michigan
    2012: 14-6, 2-4 Big Ten; receiving votes in the AVCA Coaches Poll.
    Last Week: L at No. 10 Minnesota (1-3); L at Wisconsin (0-3).
    Head Coach: Mark Rosen (Cal State Northridge, '85). 14th season at Michigan (275-200; .579) and 20th overall (484-208; .699).
    All-Time Series: Michigan leads, 37-25.
    Notable: The Wolverines have been no stranger to postseason play during the 13 years that Mark Rosen has been on the bench. Michigan has been chosen for selection to the NCAA Tournament in 11 of the 13 seasons, including each of the last six. The Maize-and-Blue have advanced to the round of 16 three times (including last season) and have made it to the Elite Eight in 2009. Rosen also coached a Division II National Champion in 1994 when he was the head coach at Northern Michigan University.

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