Nov. 2, 2009
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern senior libero Kate Nobilio (Johnsburg, Ill./Johnsburg) has picked up her second Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor of the season after helping the Wildcats to a pair of five-set road victories over the weekend. It is also the fourth Player of the Week honor of her career.
Nobilio recorded 42 digs over the weekend as Northwestern defeated both Purdue and Indiana. Against the Boilermakers, she had 19 digs, five assists and a service ace in helping the Wildcats to their first season sweep of Purdue since 2004. The following night in Bloomington, Nobilio posted a match-high 23 digs to go along with a pair of assists and a service ace as the 'Cats posted a wild five-set victory over the Hoosiers.
The Big Ten's active dig leader, Nobilio leads the conference in both total digs (402) and digs per set (4.52) and recently hit a pair of impressive career milestones. She became just the fifth player in Big Ten history to reach 2,000 career digs, and also moved into fourth-place all-time among the Big Ten's dig leaders with 2,067. Over the weekend, Nobilio also became the first player in the program's history to record 400 digs in four consecutive seasons.
Nobilio was named the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 1, and also earned the honor once in both 2006 and 2007. She is now tied with Janine Makar (1985-88) for the most conference Player of the Week awards in Northwestern history.
Nobilio and the rest of the Wildcats finally return to Welsh-Ryan Arena this weekend for a pair of crucial Big Ten matches. Northwestern hosts Michigan State Friday, Nov. 6, before welcoming nationally-ranked Michigan to Evanston on Saturday, Nov. 7, for a match that will be televised live on the Big Ten Network. Opening serve for both nights is set for 7 p.m.