Nov. 27, 2012
2012 All-Big Ten Team
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern outside hitter Stephanie Holthus was named to the 2012 All-Big Ten team by the league's 12 head coaches, the conference announced Tuesday. This marks the second season in a row that Holthus has been included on the elite squad.
Holthus recorded 10 performances of at least 20 kills throughout the season and added 20 matches with at least 10 digs. Holthus shouldered the load offensively for the Wildcats this season as she connected on a team-high 487 kills, which marked the fifth-best output in single-season for Northwestern. The junior's single-season average of 4.27 kills per set ranks tied for third on NU's all-time list.
Holthus finished the regular season ranked third in the Big Ten with 4.27 kills per set and fourth with 4.72 points per set.
The Burlington, Ill., native achieved a pair of significant milestones during the 2012 campaign. Holthus collected the 1,000th kill of her career during the opening weekend of Big Ten play against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, becoming the 20th player in Northwestern history to accomplish the feat. Through the course of the season Holthus rose steadily on NU's all-time list and concluded the season in 10th place with 1,294 kills.
Holthus also made her presence felt in the back row for the Wildcats this season. She ranked second on the team with 347 digs this year and during the season finale against Nebraska, Holthus notched the 1,000th dig of her career, becoming the 15th player in Northwestern annals to do so. She finished the season with 1,004 career digs.
The third-year standout turned in several memorable performances this season, but few as unforgettable as her effort on Nov. 16 against Michigan. Holthus had a career-high 28 kills that evening, which tied her for the seventh-best single-match total in program history and gave her the third-most kills in a four-set match. She hit .404 against the Wolverines and chipped in 19 digs, four blocks, a pair of assists and a service ace. Holthus was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week following her tremendous performance against Michigan.
Other notable performances for Holthus include Sept. 29 at Indiana when she hit a career-high .514 with 21 kills and on Sept. 21 against Wisconsin when she tallied a career-high 22 digs.
The outside hitter was tabbed as the MVP in all four of Northwestern's nonconference tournaments as she helped the squad to the best start in program history at 11-0.
Holthus, who also selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team in 2010, is the fourth player in Northwestern history to be named to the All-Big Ten team multiple times. Sabel Moffett was a First Team selection in 2009 and 2010, Erika Lange was Honorable Mention in 2001 and tabbed for the First Team in 2002 and 2003, while Janine Makar was selected to the Second Team in 1985, 1987 and 1988.
Madalyn Shalter is Northwestern's recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for the second year in a row. The fifth-year senior served as a team captain for the Wildcats and earned a pair of Big Ten Setter of the Week honors during the season. Shalter finished her career with 2,537 assists, good for sixth place on NU's all-time list, and with 1,115 digs, the 11th-highest output in program history in that category.
The complete 2012 All-Big Ten team and list of individual award winners is available in PDF format at the top of the page.
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