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2017 Northwestern Regional Guide

Also See:
2017 Illinois Wesleyan Regional Guide

8 To Watch
Lindsey Peterson, Northwestern senior outside
Nora Holtan, Gustavus Adolphus junior setter
Whitney Lloyd, St. Thomas senior middle
Stephanie Henk, Wisconsin-La Crosse senior outside
Megan Pekarek, Saint Benedict senior setter
Aryn Jones, Wartburg senior middle
Katie Vondra, Aurora junior outside
Jillian Schulte, Cornell junior setter

Regional Webpages
Northwestern
Illinois Wesleyan
Otterbein
Stevenson
Johnson & Wales
Clarkson
Emory
Southwestern

Printable Bracket
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Championship Digital Program

Schedule at Ericksen Center in Saint Paul, Minn.
Nov. 9 (times central)
12:30 p.m. #3 St. Thomas (25-6) 2 vs. #6 Wartburg (24-5) 3
3 p.m. #2 Gustavus Adolphus (23-6) 3 vs. #7 Aurora (26-7) 1
5:30 p.m. #4 Wisconsin-La Crosse (21-6) 3 vs. #5 Saint Benedict (19-8) 1
8 p.m. #1 Northwestern (32-6) 3 vs. #8 Cornell (25-7) 0
Nov. 10
4:30 p.m. #2 Gustavus Adolphus (24-6) 3 vs. #6 Wartburg (25-5) 1
7 p.m. #1 Northwestern (33-6) 3 vs. #4 Wisconsin-La Crosse (22-6) 0
Nov. 11
7 p.m. #1 Northwestern (34-6) 1 vs. #2 Gustavus Adolphus (25-6) 3

NORTHWESTERN REGIONAL TEAM CAPSULES

No. 1 Seed University of Northwestern-Saint Paul 32-6 (No. 1 Central Region, No. 9 AVCA)
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Location: Saint Paul, Minn.
Nickname: Eagles
Colors: Purple & gold
Enrollment: 3,319
Founded: 1902
Famous Attendee: Sherman Augustus, actor
Key Wins: UW-Stevens Point (3-0); UW-La Crosse (3-0); Wartburg (3-0); Minnesota Morris (3-1)(3-2)(3-0); Gustavus Adolphus (3-2); St. Thomas (3-0); Millikin (3-0); Saint Benedict (3-1); Bethel (3-2).
Losses: St. Thomas (0-3); UW-Eau Claire (1-3); Augsburg (0-3); UW-Whitewater (1-3); Carthage (2-3); UW-Oshkosh (1-3).
All-Conference Players (UMAC): Senior OH Lindsey Peterson (Player of the Year); senior L Jackie Doering (1st); senior S Leesa Malone (1st); junior OH Mariah Halvorsen (1st); sophomore MB Kayla Tanner (2nd); Beth Wilmeth (Coach of the Year).
All-Region Players (Central): Senior OH Lindsey Peterson (Player of the Year); senior S Leesa Malone (1st); senior L Jackie Doering (HM).

Team Leaders
Kills: Lindsey Peterson 585; Mariah Halvorsen 354; Kayla Tanner 218
Assists: Leesa Malone 844; Kaelyn Kilbo 541; Abby Neuberger 85
Aces: Freya Hanson 45; L. Peterson 41; K. Kilbo 27
Digs: Jackie Doering; 531; L. Peterson 456; A. Neuberger 338
Blocks: K. Tanner 103; L. Malone 75; Jenay Fuglestad 69

Team Stats (National Rank)
Kills/Set: 14.34 (1)
Hitting Percentage: .272 (3)
Digs/Set: 17.20 (104)
Blocks/Set: 1.96 (39)
Aces/Set: 1.66 (285)

No. 2 Seed Gustavus Adolphus College 23-6 (No. 2 Central Region, No. 16 AVCA)
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Location: St. Peter, Minn.
Nickname: Golden Gusties
Colors: Black & gold
Enrollment: 2,450
Founded: 1862
Famous Attendee: Steve Zahn, actor
Key Wins: UW-Stevens Point (3-1); Minnesota Morris (3-0); UW-Eau Claire (3-0); Chicago (3-0); UW-La Crosse (3-1); Wartburg (3-1); Luther (3-0); St. Thomas (3-0).
Losses: Millikin (2-3); Bethel (2-3); Northwestern (2-3); Concordia-MN (0-3); Saint Benedict (1-3); Augsburg (1-3).
All-Conference Players (MIAC): Junior S Nora Holtan (Player of the Year); junior OH Hanna Albers (1st); junior L Brittany Luethmers (1st, Co-Defensive Player of the Year); freshman OH Kate Holtan (1st, Rookie of the Year).
All-Region Players (Central): Junior S Nora Holtan (1st); freshman OH Kate Holtan (1st, Freshman of the Year); junior L Brittany Luethmers (HM).

Team Leaders
Kills: Kate Holtan 329; Hanna Albers 300; Lauren Hanson 248
Assists: Nora Holtan 1,004; Brittany Luethmers 109; H. Albers 38
Aces: N. Holtan 35; Abby Leitch 33; H. Albers 27
Digs: B. Luethmers 502; N. Holtan 311; A. Leitch 258
Blocks: Sam Haugen 57; K. Holtan 54; Shaefer Rupar 43

Team Stats (National Rank)
Kills/Set: 13.56 (11)
Hitting Percentage: .226 (35)
Digs/Set: 18.06 (52)
Blocks/Set: 1.64 (125)
Aces/Set: 1.74 (249)

No. 3 Seed University of St. Thomas 25-6 (No. 3 Central Region, No. 22 AVCA)
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Location: Saint Paul, Minn.
Nickname: Tommies
Colors: Purple & gray
Enrollment: 6.234
Founded: 1885
Famous Attendee: T.R. Knight, actor
Key Wins: Clarkson (3-0); Northwestern (3-0); UW-La Crosse (3-0); UW-Eau Claire (3-1); Saint Benedict (3-0); Bethel (3-1).
Losses: Pacific Lutheran (0-3); UW-Stevens Point (1-3); Northwestern (0-3); UW-Eau Claire (0-3); Gustavus Adolphus (0-3); Saint Benedict (2-3).
All-Conference Players (MIAC): Senior MB Whitney Lloyd (1st); junior MB Julia Spacek (1st); sophomore L Madie Kroehler (1st); Thanh Pham (Coach of the Year).
All-Region Players (Central): Senior MB Whitney Lloyd (1st); Thanh Pham (Coach of the Year).

Team Leaders
Kills: Whitney Lloyd 272; Julia Spacek 197; Madie Kroehler 195
Assists: Katharine Mallak 612; Hannah Schwartz 477; Ellie Meyer 57
Aces: M. Kroehler 40; K. Mallak 20; H. Schwartz 18
Digs: M. Kroehler 444; E. Meyer 339; Meghan Mazzola 226
Blocks: J. Spacek 72; W. Lloyd 66; Ellie Etzell 45

Team Stats (National Rank)
Kills/Set: 13.35 (18)
Hitting Percentage: .219 (47)
Digs/Set: 17.63 (75)
Blocks/Set: 2.02 (29)
Aces/Set: 1.28 (399)

No. 4 Seed University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 21-6 (No. 4 Midwest Region, RV AVCA)
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Location: La Crosse, Wis.
Nickname: Eagles
Colors: Maroon & gray
Enrollment: 9,728
Founded: 1909
Famous Attendee: Andrew Rock, track & field
Key Wins: Wartburg (3-2); UW-Eau Claire (3-1); UW-Whitewater (3-0)(3-0); UW-Stevens Point (3-1).
Losses: Viterbo (2-3); Northwestern (0-3); St. Thomas (0-3); Luther (1-3)(2-3); Gustavus Adolphus (1-3).
All-Conference Players (WIAC): Senior OH Stephanie Henk (Player of the Year); senior S Maddie Entinger (1st); junior OH Marisa Johnson (1st).
All-Region Players (Midwest): [None].

Team Leaders
Kills: Stephanie Henk 334; Marisa Johnson 207; Laine Hoeffel 191
Assists: Maddie Entinger 951; Halle Barnabo 48; Abbey Fox 37
Aces: S. Henk 34; three tied with 26
Digs: H. Barnabo 415; M. Entinger 253; Paige Schmidt 238
Blocks: Kathryn Maas 80; Jessica Jablonski 69; L. Hoeffel 38

Team Stats (National Rank)
Kills/Set: 12.80 (41)
Hitting Percentage: .198 (93)
Digs/Set: 17.28 (117)
Blocks/Set: 2.08 (20)
Aces/Set: 1.84 (212)

No. 5 Seed College of Saint Benedict 19-8 (No. 5 Central Region, RV AVCA)
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Location: Saint Joseph, Minn.
Nickname: Blazers
Colors: Red & white
Enrollment: 3,319
Founded: 1913
Famous Attendee: Kimberly Blaeser, poet
Key Wins: Minnesota Morris (3-0); Bethel (3-0); Luther (3-1); Gustavus Adolphus (3-1); St. Thomas (3-2).
Losses: Clarkson (1-3); Puget Sound (1-3); Pacific Lutheran (1-3); Augsburg (0-3)(1-3); UW-Stevens Point (0-3); St. Thomas (0-3); Northwestern (1-3).
All-Conference Players (MIAC): Senior S Megan Pekarek (1st); freshman RS Hunter Weiss (1st); freshman MB Madison Weiss (1st).
All-Region Players (Central): Senior S Megan Pekarek (1st).

Team Leaders
Kills: Hunter Weiss 301; Liz Schultz 245; Briana Schmiesing 207
Assists: Megan Pekarek 1,001; Haley LaValle 98; Bridget McDonald 39
Aces: L. Schultz 37; B. Schmiesing 26; H. LaValle 25
Digs: H. LaValle 492; L. Schultz 279; M. Pekarek 254
Blocks: Madison Weiss 110; Lauren Mathews 89; H. Weiss 66

Team Stats (National Rank)
Kills/Set: 12.90 (46)
Hitting Percentage: .208 (70)
Digs/Set: 16.43 (175)
Blocks/Set: 2.16 (10)
Aces/Set: 1.60 (294)

No. 6 Seed Wartburg College 24-5 (No. 6 Central Region, RV AVCA)
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Location: Waverly, Iowa
Nickname: Knights
Colors: Orange & black
Enrollment: 1,600
Founded: 1852
Famous Attendee: Don Denkinger, umpire
Key Wins: Concordia Wisconsin (3-2); Luther (3-0); Cornell (3-2); Dubuque (3-0)(3-0).
Losses: Northwestern (0-3); Cornell (1-3); Aurora (2-3); UW-La Crosse (2-3); Gustavus Adolphus (1-3).
All-Conference Players (IIAC): Senior MB Aryn Jones (Player of the Year); junior OH Lizzy Blough (1st); freshman L Katie Foster (1st, Freshman of the Year); junior S Mallary Erbes (HM); senior OH Maddie Miller (HM); Jen Walker & Doug Frazell (Co-Coaches of the Year).
All-Region Players (Central): Senior MB Aryn Jones (1st).

Team Leaders
Kills: Aryn Jones 406; Lizzy Blough 268; Maddie Miller 203
Assists: Maria Brown 553; Mallary Erbes 517; Katie Foster 62
Aces: L. Blough 40; A. Jones 33; M. Brown 29
Digs: K. Foster 574; L. Blough 299; M. Brown 274
Blocks: A. Jones 97; Kylie Bildstein 65; M. Erbes 41

Team Stats (National Rank)
Kills/Set: 12.75 (51)
Hitting Percentage: .224 (37)
Digs/Set: 18.01 (49)
Blocks/Set: 2.02 (28)
Aces/Set: 1.71 (265)

No. 7 Seed Aurora University 26-7 (No. 5 Midwest Region, RV AVCA)
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Location: Aurora, Ill.
Nickname: Spartans
Colors: Royal blue & white
Enrollment: 3,800
Founded: 1893
Famous Attendee: Mickey Johnson, basketball player
Key Wins: Illinois Wesleyan (3-2); Calvin (3-0); Wartburg (3-2); Luther (3-0); Chicago (3-0); Dubuque (3-0).
Losses: Dubuque (0-3); DePauw (1-3); Ohio Northern (2-3); Hope (0-3); Colorado College (1-3); Concordia Wisconsin (0-3)(1-3).
All-Conference Players (NACC): Junior OH Katie Vondra (1st); junior S Emily Lines (1st); freshman L Julia Wood (1st, Defensive Player of the Year).
All-Region Players (Midwest): Junior OH Katie Vondra (1st); freshman L Julia Wood (1st, Freshman of the Year).

Team Leaders
Kills: Katie Vondra 425; Ava Pauly 228; Imani Freeman 157
Assists: Emily Lines 952; Mikayla Lanasa 238; Julia Wood 93
Aces: J. Wood 44; K. Vondra 40; Rachel Martens 28
Digs: J. Wood 565; Mikayla Fincher 335; two tied with 308
Blocks: Lindsey Simpson 71; R. Martens 65; A. Pauly 38

Team Stats (National Rank)
Kills/Set: 13.12 (23)
Hitting Percentage: .227 (34)
Digs/Set: 18.04 (47)
Blocks/Set: 1.78 (85)
Aces/Set: 1.54 (330)

No. 8 Seed Cornell College 25-7 (NR Midwest Region, RV AVCA)
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Location: Mount Vernon, Iowa
Nickname: Rams
Colors: Purple & white
Enrollment: 1,033
Founded: 1852
Famous Attendee: Leslie Shaw, politician
Key Wins: Washington-St. Louis (3-1); Wartburg (3-1).
Losses: Dubuque (2-3); St. Olaf (0-3); Washington-St. Louis (2-3); Chicago (0-3); Illinois Wesleyan (1-3); Wartburg (2-3); Colorado College (0-3).
All-Conference Players (MWC): Junior S Jillian Schulte (Player of the Year); senior RS Libby Schnoor (1st); junior MB Nicole Ciari (1st); freshman L Sydney Meeker (2nd); senior OH Diamond Boyd (2nd); Jeff Meeker (Coach of the Year).
All-Region Players (Midwest): Junior S Jillian Schulte (1st); junior MB Nicole Ciari (HM).

Team Leaders
Kills: Libby Schnoor 386; Diamond Boyd 337; Nicole Ciari 315
Assists: Jillian Schulte 1,221; Sydney Meeker 46; Ellie Davidson 26
Aces: J. Schulte 47; S. Meeker 40; N. Ciari 30
Digs: S. Meeker 409; J. Schulte 267; Taylor Axelson 228
Blocks: N. Ciari 90; Allison Eikenberry 63; L. Schnoor 48

Team Stats (National Rank)
Kills/Set: 13.36 (17)
Hitting Percentage: .243 (15)
Digs/Set: 16.08 (194)
Blocks/Set: 1.57 (149)
Aces/Set: 1.71 (262)

-Ricky Nelson

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Written by Ricky Nelson

November 7, 2017 at 4:03 am

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