Sept. 7, 2007
Corpus Christi, Texas - The Northern Illinois volleyball team opened up the Texas A & M Corpus Christi Invitational with a win over Texas-Pan American (2-8 Independent), 28-30, 30-17, 30-26, 30-20. The victory puts NIU's record at 4-5 on the season.
The Huskies got off to a slow start in game one, having a team attack percentage of .118 and dropping the game, 28-30. However, NIU was able to shake-off the first game and post a combined attack percentage of .361 in the second and third games to take a 2-1 advantage in the match. In the fourth game, the Huskies took advantage of 13 attack errors from the Broncs to win, 30-20, giving Northern Illinois its fourth victory of the season.
"Unfortunately, we didn't swing the ball the way we wanted to in game one," Northern Illinois head coach Ray Gooden said. "That was the biggest thing for us. We made some adjustments and after that we had a good couple of games."
NIU freshman Dani D'Ambrose (Addison Trail, Ill. / Addison Trail) had a season-high 29 kills to notch her second match in a row with over 20 kills.
"Dani D'Ambrose was physical tonight," Gooden said. "She went out there and made some real nice swings on the ball. It was fun to watch."
In her first extended playing time of the season, NIU sophomore Amanda Tadla (Oak Lawn, Ill. / Oak Lawn) added a career-high 26 assists, two kills, and three digs in three games.
"We wanted to get Amanda Tadla in and give her a chance to get some reps because she has been doing some good things in practice," said Gooden. "She helped us in game two and also did a good job in games three and four. She did a good job tonight."
The Huskies also received a pair of double-doubles from senior Laura Baetzel (Chicago, Ill. / Burbank Queen of Peace) and junior Mandi Caputo (Chicago, Ill. / Immaculate Heart of Mary / DePaul). Baetzel totaled 10 kills and 17 digs. Caputo added 37 assists and 13 digs in her fifth straight double-double.
Also adding to the Huskie effort was sophomore Meagan Schoenrock (Sylvania, Ohio / Northview), who had 19 kills and freshman Maddie Hughes (St. Charles, Ill. / North), who put up 19 digs.
The Broncs were led by Kellie Phillips' 14 kills and Rebecca Toddy, who added 26 digs.
Next up for the Huskies are two matches on Saturday, September 8 to close out the Texas A & M C.C. Invitational. NIU will face tournament host Texas A & M C.C. at 10 a.m. Then, the Huskies will match-up against San Diego State at 4:30 p.m.