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    Northwestern Upends Volleyball In Four, 33-35, 30-22, 30-22, 30-17
     

     
    Sophomore Ambria Springer led UIC with 16 kills against Northwestern on Saturday evening.
     
    Sophomore Ambria Springer led UIC with 16 kills against Northwestern on Saturday evening.
     
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    Sept. 11, 2004

    Chicago, Ill. - For the second match in a row, the University of Illinois at Chicago volleyball team faced an impressive setter in Northwestern's Drew Robertson.

    Robertson did not disappoint as the Long Beach, California native totaled a double-double of 52 assists and 24 digs, including seven kills and a hitting percentage of .467 to lift the Wildcats to the 33-35, 30-22, 30-22, 30-17 victory over the Flames to claim second-place in the LaSalle Bank Chicago Challenge, hosted by Loyola, in the Gentile Center on Saturday evening.

    Northwestern's Julie Purcell tallied a match-high, 17 kills, while teammates Courtnie Paulus (12 kills, 9 digs) and Brittney Aldridge (10 kills) each turned in solid efforts for the Wildcats.

    With the victory, Northwestern improves to 4-2 on the campaign, while the Flames fall to 3-6 overall.

    Robertson's 24 digs led the way for an impressive 73 digs for the Wildcats on the evening.

    "73 digs is impressive," UIC Head Coach Nancy Mueller said. "We were celebrating a couple times, assuming that the ball was going to go down, and they were able to dig those balls.

    "Northwestern is a scrappy team, I hope we were able to learn something."

    UIC middle hitter Ambria Springer led the Flames with 16 kills on the evening, while freshman right side Katarina Nedeljkovic narrowly missed a double-double with nine kills and 11 digs.

    UIC will be back in action on Tuesday night, as the Flames will host the Chicago State Cougars at 7:00 p.m. in the Flames Athletic Center.