Oct. 30, 2006
Northwestern's Match Notes in PDF Format
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EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern begins a four-match road stretch this week with a Wednesday, Nov. 1, matchup at Illinois before heading to Iowa on Saturday, Nov. 4, to meet the Hawkeyes. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. CT start times.
The Wildcats fell to the Illini in a sweep in the teams' first meeting this year, while doing the sweeping themselves versus the Hawkeyes.
In its second-to-last homestand last weekend, NU split matches against Michigan State and Michigan. The Spartans swept the Wildcats before the 'Cats took down the Wolverines in a five-game thriller.
Northwestern currently is 5-7 in the Big Ten, tied for sixth place with No. 25 Ohio State. Michigan State is in fifth by itself at 6-6, while Illinois and Michigan are tied for eighth with 4-8 records.
Sophomore Chelsy Hyser (Belvidere, Ill./Belvidere) was phenomenal against Michigan, blocking a Northwestern school-record 15 attacks. The performance tied the eighth-best in Big Ten history, and was the most in the conference since Penn State's Robyn Guokas had 15 on Oct. 7, 2000, also versus the Wolverines. Hyser was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts.
Junior Stephanie Jurivich (LaGrange, Ill./St. Ignatius) also reached a career-high in blocks against Michigan with eight, while classmate Courtnie Paulus (Belgium, Wis./Ozaukee) tied her career-best with 21 digs in the match.
Junior Lindsay Anderson (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) enters the week with 987 career kills, leaving her just 13 shy of becoming the 17th member of the Northwestern 1,000-kill club. She has averaged 12.2 kills over the course of her career. The last Wildcat to reach 1,000 kills was Erika Lange in 2002.
Illinois enters the weekend on a two-game slide and has dropped four of its last five matches to stand at 4-8 in the conference. Iowa currently is 10th in the Big Ten at 2-10 after defeating Indiana in its last match.
For Northwestern's complete match notes for the upcoming week, click on the .pdf link at the top of this page.