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    Northwestern Volleyball 2012 Season Review

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    Stephanie Holthus was named to the 2012 AVCA All-America Team.

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    Stephanie Holthus was named to the 2012 AVCA All-America Team.
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    Dec. 19, 2012

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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Including its best start in program history, Northwestern achieved several team and individual accomplishments throughout the 2012 campaign. Here's a look back at all that happened with the Wildcats this year:

    Best. Start. Ever.
    Northwestern kicked off the 2012 campaign with the best start in program history. The Wildcats won their first 11 matches of the season, which included a clean sweep of all four nonconference tournaments they entered. Prior to the current group's streak, the best start to open a season belonged to the 1987 squad that won its first nine contests. The 11 victories this year also marked the longest winning streak completed since the 1983 Wildcats won 12 in a row between Oct. 19 and Nov. 19 that season.

    Minimal Mistakes
    Northwestern set a record for the fewest number of attacking errors in a single season. The 2012 Wildcats were charged with 597 errors this season. The previous school record for the fewest amount of miscues came courtesy of the 2010 squad, which committed only 605 during its memorable NCAA Tournament run. In addition, NU's hitting percentage of .218 ranks fifth all-time in program history.

    Classroom Success
    In addition to leading the Wildcats on the court, Julie Chin, Madalyn Shalter, Stephanie Holthus and Katie Dutchman achieved recognition for their work inside the classroom. All four student-athletes were named to the Academic All-Big Ten team, while Chin was also named to the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District squad.

    [Inside Northwestern Volleyball]

    Road Warriors
    Northwestern went 11-7 away from home this season, with its losses coming at the hands of 13th-ranked Purdue, (rv) Michigan, No. 25 Illinois, No. 10 Minnesota, No. 15 Ohio State, No. 2 Penn State and No. 10 Nebraska in the regular season finale. The Wildcats earned at least a split in three of four Big Ten road trips this season with wins away from home coming at Indiana, Michigan State and Wisconsin. The 11 wins away from home were the most for any Northwestern squad since the 1990 season.

    Stephanie Holthus Named AVCA All-America Third Team
    Outside hitter Stephanie Holthus was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America Third Team, the organization announced on Dec. 12. The Burlington, Ill., native becomes the fourth player in program history to receive a national All-America accolade. Holthus led the Wildcats with 487 kills in 2012, which ties for the fifth-best output in single-season NU history. The attacker's clip of 4.27 kills per set left her tied for third in program annals. Holthus led NU with 18 double-double performances and she recorded at least 20 kills in a match on 10 occasions during the season, including a career-high 28 vs. Michigan on Nov. 16. Click here to read more about Holthus' distinguished achievement.

    Maddy's Milestones
    Fifth-year senior setter Madalyn Shalter recorded the 1,000th dig of her career on Oct. 12 at No. 25 Michigan State, becoming just the 14th player in program history to achieve the feat. The Ottawa, Ohio, native also recorded her 2,000th assist in that match and graduates with 2,537 career helpers. Shalter finished her career with 1,115 digs in a Wildcat uniform, the 11th-best output all-time. Shalter joins Liz Renius ('95-'98) as the only Wildcats to record more than 2,000 assists and 1,000 digs.

    Sophomore Stars
    Northwestern boasted seven true or redshirt sophomores on its 2012 roster to comprise 54 percent of the squad (Note: one redshirt sophomore and one true sophomore did not appear in a match this season due to injury). That group (five players) accounted for 62.4 percent (927 of 1,485) of NU's kills this season and 73.4 percent (295 of 402) of the team's total blocks. Yewande Akanbi led the second-year players and ranked second on the team with 2.43 kills per set, while Katie Dutchman collected a team-high 0.95 blocks per set. Dutchman also led the entire team in hitting percentage (.332) and aces per set (0.28).

    Chin Digs
    Senior libero Julie Chin wrapped up her career ranked fourth in Northwestern history with 1,415 digs, 15 behind third-place Janine Makar ('85-'88). After opening the season 11th on the list, Chin passed Lizzie Carlson ('02-'05) on Sept. 1 against Cincinnati, Carmen Burbach ('97-'00) on Sept. 7 against Brown, Stacey Kammes ('89-'92) on Sept. 29 at Indiana, both Kathy Burns ('84-'87) and Shelley Brzozowski ('86-'89) against Penn State on Oct. 5, Jessica Holloway ('95-'98) vs. Purdue on Nov. 4 and Jennifer Jostes ('88-'91) during the regular season finale at Nebraska. Kate Nobilio ('06-'09) remains NU's all-time leader in digs with 2,194.

    For more notes, statistics and information about the Wildcats, please click on the PDF files near the top of the page.

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