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    Northwestern Closes Regular Season at No. 19 Ohio State, No. 5 Penn State

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Junior Brittney Aldridge had her first-career double-double in NU's win against Ohio State earlier this year.
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    Junior Brittney Aldridge had her first-career double-double in NU's win against Ohio State earlier this year.
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    Nov. 21, 2006

    Northwestern Match Notes in PDF Format
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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern concludes its regular season with a must-win situation on the road this weekend at No. 19 Ohio State and No. 5 Penn State. Currently at 14-13 on the year and tied for sixth in the Big Ten, the Wildcats need at least a split of this weekend's matches to ensure they will be over .500 and eligible for NCAA Tournament consideration.

    NU first takes on Ohio State at 6 p.m. CT Friday, Nov. 24 before winging over to University Park, Pa., for its final regular-season match at 6 p.m. CT Saturday, Nov. 25.

    Livestats will NOT be available ANYWHERE for the Ohio State match, while gametracker can be found at NUsports.com for Saturday's match at Penn State.

    The Wildcats split their matches against the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions earlier in the season.

    Four 'Cats had career nights during Northwestern's 3-2 win over then-No. 16 Ohio State on Oct. 14, and none was bigger than junior Brittney Aldridge (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire). The middle blocker recorded her first-career double-double with a career-best 16 kills on a season-high .536 hitting percentage (16-1-28) with a season-best 10 blocks in the match. Junior Stephanie Jurivich (LaGrange, Ill./St. Ignatius) had a career-high 63 assists in the match, while senior Lauren Greenwood (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood) tallied a career-best 19 digs. Junior Courtnie Paulus (Belgium, Wis./Ozaukee) joined the party with a career-high 66 swings.

    In Northwestern's first meeting with Penn State at Welsh-Ryan Arena, the Wildcats played hotly-contested first and second games, and went on long enough runs against the then-undefeated and No. 2-ranked Nittany Lions that their visitors were forced to use timeouts in all three games of a sweep.

    NU currently is tied for sixth in the Big Ten, sharing its 8-10 record with Michigan State. Michigan sits in eighth, one game back with a 7-11 mark. The Wolverines and Spartans face each other Wednesday, Nov. 22, in the Big Ten's midweek match.

    For Northwestern's complete game notes package for the upcoming weekend, click on the .pdf at the top of this page.