Volleyball: Northwestern wins third and fourth consecutive match, third conference sweep


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Fifth-year libero Megan Miller dives to save the ball.

Isabel Funk, Managing Editor

Northwestern clinched its fourth match in a row Sunday afternoon against Iowa, sweeping the game in three straight sets after a Friday night upset against No. 12 Purdue.

The victory over Purdue broke a seven-match losing streak against the Boilermakers in the Wildcats’ third defeat of a ranked opponent this season. Senior outside hitter Temi Thomas-Ailara had 25 kills in the five-set win, of 64 total kills for NU. On the defense, fifth-year libero Megan Miller tied her career high of 30 digs. 



Freshman setter Sienna Noordermeer, who competed in her sixth match while junior setter Alexa Rousseau is sidelined, also reached a career high with 57 assists. 

Sunday’s win brings the Cats to their most wins in a season since at least 2014 at 17. 

NU’s defeat of Iowa also marked the Cats’ first four-match win streak in conference play since 2011 and the team’s third sweep in Big Ten play this season. Thomas-Ailara led NU in hits with 19, a number that moved her to 10th in program history with 1,406 career kills.

Noordermeer finished the match with 41 assists, scoring a dump of her own in the second set.

The Cats will next compete against Ohio State on Friday. 

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