Welsh-Ryan Arena. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.
The Match: Penn State (16-4; 6-3 Big Ten) vs. Northwestern (15-5, 5-4 Big Ten)
Where and When: Evanston, IL, 8:00 p.m. E.T.
Northwestern head coach Keylor Chan and Penn State head coach Russ Rose have something in common: they’d both like their teams to be more consistent. After last night’s 3-2 loss to Ohio State in Evanston (22-25, 25-19, 25-23, 24-26, 11-15), Chan had this to say:
We were too inconsistent tonight, and in the end that is what cost us. It is something we have been working on, and there were times tonight where we looked like we were making strides. But there were other times that showed how much work we have left to do. It’s a tough loss to take, especially the way we lost, but now we just have to learn moving forward.
The loss dropped the Wildcats into a 4th place tie with Purdue, and sets up tonight’s showdown with 3rd place Penn State. Against the Buckeyes, Northwestern was led by 6-3 Sr. MB Naomi Johnson (10 kills, 8 blocks and a career-best 5 service aces), 6-2 RS So. OH Madalyn Shalter (who also posted 5 services aces, which also was a career-best — Northwestern had 12 aces in the match, more than doubling Penn State’s Wednesday night total of 5 against the Buckeyes), 6-0 Fr. OH Stephanie Holthus (14 kills, 7 digs and 2 blocks), and Gr. MB Sabel Moffett (10 kills and 3 blocks). 6-1 Sr. S Elyse Glab totaled 52 assists. Chan will be looking for more of the same from these five against the Nittany Lions — with just a bit more consistency.
|2010 Northwestern Volleyball Roster|
Here are video highlights (or lowlights, depending on your point of view) courtesy of the Big Ten Network, from Northwestern’s 3-0 loss to Michigan State on October 10th in East Lansing. More evidence of how difficult it is to win on the road this year in the Big Ten (are you listening, Penn State?):
And, in perhaps a better example of the kind of consistency Keylor Chan would like to see from his Northwestern team, here are highlights (again, courtesy of the Big Ten Network) from Northwestern’s 3-1 victory over Minnesota at Welsh-Ryan on October 10th:
Penn State is coming off an impressive 3-0 victory over Ohio State (25-22, 25-21, 25-18) Wednesday night, in which the Nittany Lions were led offensively by 6-5 Sr. Opp. Blair Brown (13 kills), 6-3 Sr. MH Arielle Wilson (9 kills, 2 blocks) and and 6-1 Fr. OH Deja McClendon (9 kills, 9 digs). 5-6 So. S. Kristin Carpenter totaled 35 assists with 8 digs (leading Penn State to a .309 attack %), followed by 5-9 Sr. L Alyssa D’Errico’s 8. Penn State held Ohio State to a .202 attack % for the match.
2010 Team Roster
|1||Ariel Scott||MH||Fr.||6-5||Ridgewood||New Jersey|
|2||Katie Kabbes||OH||Jr.||6-5||Raleigh||North Carolina|
|9||Blair Brown||MH/Opp||Sr. (RS)||6-5||Purcellville||Virginia|
|10||Marika Racibarskas||S||So.||6-0||Chatham||New Jersey|
|11||Darcy Dorton ||OH||So.||6-2||Muncie||Indiana|
|12||Alyssa D'Errico||L/DS||Sr.||5-9||Byron||New York|
|13||Megan Shifflett||DS/S||Jr.||5-6||Falls Church||Virginia|
|14||Cathy Quilico||L/DS||Sr.||5-1||Thousand Oaks||California|
|15||Maggie Harding||DS||Fr.||5-6||State College||Pennsylvania|
|16||Katie Slay||MH||Fr.||6-6||Raleigh||North Carolina|
|19||Krosby Pabst||DS||Fr.||5-7||Long Beach||California|