Alabama A&M Rallies For Five Game Victory Over Volleyball

Sophomore middle hitter Ambria Springer posted a career-high 20 kills against Alabama A&M on Saturday.
Sophomore middle hitter Ambria Springer posted a career-high 20 kills against Alabama A&M on Saturday.

Sept. 4, 2004

Memphis, Tenn. - Alabama A&M's Phyllis Hetie pounded home a match-high 32 kills, including seven in the final game, to help the Bulldogs rally from a 2-0 deficit and rally for a 27-30, 26-30, 30-26, 30-27, 20-18 come-from-behind victory over the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Memphis Invitational at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon. Megan Chatman chipped in 12 kills and nine total blocks (1 solo, 8 assists) for the Bulldogs, while teammates Alex Brazelton and Devona Williams each posted 11 kills apiece in the victory. With the victory, Alabama A&M improves to 3-2 on the season, while the Flames fall to 2-2 on the campaign. Sophomore middle hitter Ambria Springer topped the Flames with a career-high, 20 kills, including nine digs. UIC also received impressive performances from senior outside hitters Jordan Studzinski (16 kills), Dawn Strahanoski (11 kills) and Camille Mankus (10 kills). Sophomore setter Katie Kozak set a career-high in assists on Saturday afternoon, with 66 helpers. The Oak Forest, Ill., native tied her previous, career-high last night with 37 assists against Delaware State. UIC had a chance to clinch the match in game five as they took a 15-14 lead following consecutive attack errors from Hetie and Chatman. Hetie, however, responded with one of her seven kills in game five to knot the game up at 15-apiece. The Flames had another opportunity for the match, after a service error from Tameeka Thompson, giving UIC the 16-15 advantage. Hetie answered with another kill to even the score up at 16-all. Both teams went on to trade points until it was tied at 18. The Bulldogs took a 19-18 lead following a kill from Brazelton and clinched the match after a Studzinski attack error. Alabama A&M was very strong at the net as they totaled 14 blocks on the afternoon (5 solo, 18 assists). The Flames were also done in by poor serving, committing 17 service errors. UIC will be back in action on Saturday night, as they will take on the host Tigers for the final match of the tournament at 7:00 p.m.