Ole Miss Rebels Past Volleyball, 30-22, 30-25, 28-30, 30-18

Sophomore middle hitter Ambria Springer led UIC with 14 kills on Friday night.
Sophomore middle hitter Ambria Springer led UIC with 14 kills on Friday night.

Sept. 17, 2004

Oxford, Miss. - The Ole Miss trio of Nikki Hill, Jaclyn Toohey and Tricia Eble combined to hit at an impressive clip of .384 to lift the host Rebels to the 30-22, 30-25, 28-30, 30-18 victory over the University of Illinois at Chicago volleyball team in the nightcap of the Rebel Classic at Gillom Sports Center on Friday night.

The trio totaled 48 of Ole Miss' 68 kills on the night and finished with only 13 errors on 91 attempts. Hill led the charge with 24 kills, followed by 14 from Toohey and 10 from Eble.

With the victory, Ole Miss improves to 7-3 on the campaign, while the Flames fall to 7-3 overall.

UIC's serving, which had typically been their strongest suit all season, led to their downfall on Friday night. The Flames finished with 15 service errors to four aces.

The Flames, for the second straight match, found it difficult to penetrate their opponents' front line, as the Rebels accumulated 12 total team blocks on the evening.

UIC's sophomore middle hitter Ambria Springer led the Flames with 14 kills and finished with a hitting percentage of .357 (14 kills, 4 errors, 28 attacks). Senior outside hitter Dawn Strahanoski added 10 kills and sophomore setter Katie Kozak posted a double-double of 36 assists and 10 digs.

UIC will be back in action on Saturday morning, as they will square off with Jacksonville State at 9:30 a.m.