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NU Sports – Northwestern Beats DePaul and Loyola, Wins Chicago Cup



CHICAGO — Northwestern volleyball (10-2, 0-0 Big Ten) ended its nonconference slate in tremendous fashion, topping both DePaul (3-0) and Loyola (3-1) to earn the Chicago Cup.
 
The Wildcats start their Big Ten schedule next weekend in the Hoosier State. NU will play Indiana (Sept. 21) and Purdue (Sept. 22).
 
NORTHWESTERN 3, LOYOLA 1 (19-25, 25-12, 29-17, 25-18)
 
TEAM NOTES:

  • Northwestern improved to 20-4 all-time against Loyola … The Wildcats have won five-straight against the Ramblers.
  • The Wildcats wrapped up the nonconference slate with a 10-2 record, matching their output from the 2017 season.
  • NU amassed a .290 hitting percentage in the match, compared to Loyola’s .183 clip.

 
INDIVIDUAL NOTES:

  • Nia Robinson set a season high with 23 kills … She ended the match with a .333 hitting percentage, tied for the team lead (min. 10 TAs).
  • Britt Bommer obliterated her career high in assists, compiling 51 helpers.
  • Hanna Lesiak set a career high with 13 kills … Her .333 hitting percentage was tied with Robinson for the best NU output in the contest … She also had 13 digs, notching her first-career double-double.
  • Olivia Viscuso set a career high with three service aces.

 
MATCH NOTES:

  • S1 | Despite Nia Robinson‘s six kills, Northwestern dropped the match opener, 25-19.
  • S2 | Northwestern hit at a blistering, .364 clip to down Loyola in dominating fashion, 25-12 … Ella Grbac had four kills on five swings.
  • S3 | Nia Robinson had an extraordinary set, posting a team-best nine kills … The ‘Cats topped the Ramblers, 29-27.
  • S4 | Nia Robinson again led the ‘Cats in kills, notching seven kills en route to an NU .370 hitting percentage and a 25-18 set win.

 
NORTHWESTERN 3, DePAUL 0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-18)
 
TEAM NOTES:

  • Northwestern improved to 18-7-1 all-time over DePaul.
  • The Wildcats have won 15-straight matches over the Blue Demons, a streak that dates back to November 7, 1980.

 
INDIVIDUAL NOTES:

  • Nia Robinson was tied for the Wildcat lead with 13 kills … She has amassed double-digit kills in all 11 of Northwestern’s matches this season … Robinson counted 12 digs, marking her first-career double-double.
  • Alana Walker had a career-high with 13 kills, tying for the team lead in the contest … She also led the ‘Cat stat sheet with her .650 hitting percentage, collecting her 13 kills on 20 swings with no errors.
  • Danyelle Williams and Olivia Viscuso tied for the team lead with five blocks.
  • Britt Bommer paced the ‘Cats with 30 assists, while Michelle Lee was the team leader in digs, notching 15 saves.

 
MATCH NOTES:

  • S1 | The Wildcats limited the Blue Demons to a .128 hitting percentage and Nia Robinson paced the ‘Cats with five kills as NU won, 25-22.
  • S2 | Alana Walker had four kills on eight swings — with no errors — and helped lead the ‘Cats to a 25-20 downing of the Blue Demons … NU limited DePaul to a -.086 hitting percentage in the second set.
  • S3 | Northwestern put together their best single-set hitting percentage of the match, led by a combined 10 kills by Alana Walker and Nia Robinson … NU won the set, 25-18.

 

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