Volleyball Uses Team Effort For 30-27, 32-30, 26-30, 30-22 Win Over UW-Green Bay

Freshman Katarina Nedeljkovic topped UIC with a career-high 18 kills on Friday night.
Freshman Katarina Nedeljkovic topped UIC with a career-high 18 kills on Friday night.

Oct. 29, 2004

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Chicago, Ill. - University of Illinois at Chicago Head Volleyball Coach Nancy Mueller can enjoy the fact that she has several different players that she can count on, when it comes to crunch time.

She can really enjoy it when those players put it all together at the same time, as the Flames had four different players post double-digit kills in a 30-27, 32-30, 26-30, 30-22 Horizon League victory over the UW-Green Bay Phoenix at the Flames Athletic Center on Friday night.

"I think the biggest thing for us is that we're able to step up in critical moments," Mueller said. "When we need big points, big players are stepping up and making big plays.

"We had four players in double-digit kills, so a lot of players are getting a lot of swings," Mueller continued. "I think we were very scrappy on defense, but for the most part, I think it came down to us making big plays in crucial times."

Freshman Katarina Nedeljkovic paced the Flames' offensive attack with a career-best 18 kills, while teammates Ambria Springer and Tisha Graf each chipped in 12 kills apiece.

Senior outside hitter Jordan Studzinski posted her fifth straight double-double with 15 kills and a team-season best 23 digs, while teammate Katie Kozak tallied a double-double of her own with 54 assists and 11 digs.

With the victory, UIC improves to 9-16 overall and moves up to .500 in Horizon League play at 5-5, while the Phoenix fall to 6-16 on the campaign and 3-6 in conference action.

UW-Green Bay outside hitter Jackie Rosen led the Phoenix with 18 kills while teammate Jill Smits added 17 kills in defeat.

UW-Green Bay finished the match with a better hitting percentage than the Flames, but was done in by 15 service errors.



UIC will be back in action on Saturday evening for `Senior Night' as they will host the Horizon League-leading UW-Milwaukee Panthers at 7:00 p.m. in the Flames Athletic Center.