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    July 13, 2004

    2004 Summer Volleyball Prospectus in PDF Format
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    Chicago, Ill. - New University of Illinois at Chicago Head Volleyball Coach Nancy Mueller announced her squad's schedule for the upcoming 2004 campaign on Tuesday afternoon.

    Right off the bat, the Flames will open their season at home with a non-conference contest against Western Michigan at 7:00 p.m. in the Flames Athletic Center on September 1st.

    Following that match, UIC will endure a long stretch where 11 of their next 12 contests will be on the road, including tournaments at Memphis, Loyola and Mississippi.

    The Flames open tournament play in the Memphis Invitational on Labor Day weekend, taking on Tennessee State and Delaware State on September 3rd and will wrap up the tournament on Saturday afternoon against both Alabama A&M and the host Tigers.

    UIC will then get to test their mettle amongst its inner city opponents, as they will take part in the Chicago Challenge, hosted by Loyola, on September 10th. DePaul and Northwestern will also participate in the tournament.

    The tournament slate will come to an end in Starkville, Miss., as the Flames have entered the Rebel Classic, along with host Mississippi, Jacksonville State and UL-Lafayette on September 18th.

    The Flames will open up their Horizon League campaign on September 24th, as they will host Youngstown State at 7:00 p.m.

    Mueller has also scheduled IUPUI along with in-state rivals, Bradley, Chicago State, Northern Illinois and Western Illinois to round out the Flames' non-conference slate helping prepare UIC for the upcoming Horizon League campaign.

    The Flames return three starters to the court this season, including middle hitters Kristi Herrington and Megan Hoffman. Herrington totaled 353 kills and a team-high 108 blocks in 2003, while Hoffman - who will also see some time at right side hitter - was third on the squad with 224 kills and second in blocks with 70.

    Fifth-year senior Jordan Studzinski will be back in action for the Flames at outside hitter. Last season, Studzinski pounded home 111 kills and was second on the squad with 370 digs.

    For more information regarding the Flames, check out the 2004 Summer Prospectus.