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    Northwestern Sets Out on Final Regular Season Road Trip This Weekend



    Nov. 15, 2011

    Northwestern (15-12, 6-10 Big Ten) at No. 23 Michigan (18-10, 6-10 Big Ten)
    Friday, Nov. 18
    Cliff Keen Arena (1,800)
    Ann Arbor, Mich. • 6 p.m. CT
    In-game Twitter updates: @NU_SportsLIVE

    Northwestern (15-12, 6-10 Big Ten) at Michigan State (19-9, 8-8 Big Ten)
    Saturday, Nov. 19
    Jenison Fieldhouse (5,017)
    East Lansing, Mich. • 6 p.m. CT
    In-game Twitter updates: @NU_SportsLIVE

    Northwestern Match Notes (PDF)

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- With only two weekends of regular season play remaining on the schedule, the Northwestern Wildcats begin the final road trip of the year with tilts at No. 23 Michigan and Michigan State on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

    The Wildcats, winners of five of their last seven matches including upsets over No. 15 Minnesota and No. 22 Ohio State at Welsh-Ryan Arena, open the weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Friday night. The Wolverines got the best of the 'Cats in a hard-fought, five-set match in Evanston on Oct. 15. NU fell in the first two sets before rallying back to force a decisive fifth game. In the end Michigan proved to be too much as they knocked off the Wildcats, 15-11.

    Friday night's rematch at Cliff Keen Arena will get underway at 6 p.m. CT.

    On Saturday, Northwestern will complete the weekend with a match at Michigan State's Jenison Fieldhouse at 6 p.m. The Spartans also got the best of the Wildcats in their first go-around on October 14, 3-1.



    Match Point Madness
    The win over No. 22 Ohio State on Friday, Nov. 11 finished in a most unusual fashion. With freshman Caroline Niedospial serving for match point in the decisive fifth set the lights went out inside Welsh-Ryan Arena as a result of an outage that blanketed the Evanston neighborhood. After light was restored, Niedospial calmly stepped to the line once again and served up her only ace of the night to send the Buckeyes away in defeat.

    Can You Dig It?
    Libero Julie Chin is working to become the 13th Wildcat in program history to join the 1,000-dig club as she currently has 987 in this, her third season. The Naperville, Ill., native has tallied 447 digs this year, a single-season career-high; that single-season total already ranks eighth all-time in program history with four regular season matches to play. Kate Nobilio set the single-season record at Northwestern in 2007 with 603 digs.

    Outstanding October
    For three straight weeks during the month of October, middle blocker Katie Dutchman was named the Big Ten Defensive Player and Freshman of the Week. Northwestern's newest standout in the middle leads the Big Ten with 1.43 blocks per set this season. Dutchman also leads in conference matches only with 1.52 per set. She ranks 12th in the country in that category. In the six matches over the span of the award streak, Dutchman accumulated an eye-popping 47 total blocks (2.04 per set).

    For match notes and information please click on the PDF above.


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