Dec. 3, 2013
2013 All-Big Ten Team
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern outside hitter Stephanie Holthus was named to the 2013 All-Big Ten Team, as voted upon by the conference's 12 head coaches, Tuesday. This is the third such honor of Holthus' illustrious career.
Holthus is the first Wildcat to earn three All-Big Ten honors since Erika Lange did so in consecutive years from 2001-2003. That duo joins Janine Makar as the only three players in NU history to be named All-Big Ten three times.
"Stephanie has grown so much, not only as a volleyball player, but as a person, during her career at Northwestern," said Northwestern head coach Keylor Chan. "Her tireless work ethic is unmatched. She was a great leader on a young team this season and her future is extremely bright, both on and off the volleyball court."
Holthus finished her collegiate career as one of the most decorated student-athletes in program history. The Elgin, Ill., native is Northwestern's all-time leader in kills with 1,797 and she ranks sixth in program annals with 1,347 digs. Her 3.77 kills per set rank first in NU history. She started all 127 matches of her career for the Wildcats, including 32 this fall.
As a senior this season, Holthus led the Wildcats and ranked fourth in the Big Ten with 4.06 kills per set. Her career-high 503 kills this year marked only the fourth time in program history that anyone has eclipsed the 500-kill plateau. The captain's 19 service aces also marked a career-best output and her 344 digs were only four shy of a personal best in that category. Holthus tallied 20-or-more kills seven times this season and led the 'Cats with 18 double-double performances.
Holthus turned in several memorable efforts in 2013, including during the Wildcat Classic in September. En route to earning tournament MVP honors, she averaged 6.18 kills per set and 4.13 digs per set in wins against South Florida, Miami (OH) and IUPUI. She notched a career-high 24 digs to go along with 27 kills against the Bulls on Sept. 20 and followed that performance by breaking the program record for kills in a three-set match with 24 in the nightcap against the RedHawks. Rightfully so, Holthus was named the Big Ten Player of the Week and the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week after those dominant performances.
In addition to her work on the court, Holthus was recognized for her achievement off the floor, as well. This fall she was one of 30 national candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS® Award, which honors student-athletes in the areas of competition, classroom, community and character.
Northwestern's Katie Dutchman is the recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The co-captain selflessly changed positions from middle blocker to right-side hitter before the season began and seamlessly slid back to her old spot to fill a need later on in the year. Dutchman ranked second on the team behind Holthus with 2.58 kills per set and second behind Savannah Paffen with 0.62 blocks per set. The redshirt junior has one season of eligibility remaining with the Wildcats.
The complete 2013 All-Big Ten team and the list of individual award winners is available by downloading the PDF at the top of the page.
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