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    Christie Gardner
    Christie Gardner

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    West Bend, Wis.

    High School:
    West Bend East

    Height:
    5-9

    Position:
    OH/LIB

    Birthdate:
    05/10/1984

    Experience:
    ***



    2005 Appeared in every game this season ... Concluded career as Northwestern's match, season and career dig leader ... Named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten ... Finished career with 1,658 digs, the fifth-best total in Big Ten Conference history ... Named tournament MVP of the Chicagoland Classic ... Earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors on 9/12, NU's first conference weekly award since Sept. 15, 2003 ... Earned an all-tournament team berth at the Wildcat Classic ... Matched her then-season-best with 18 digs against Kentucky (9/17) ... Set a career-high with 32 digs at Illinois on 9/30, the fourth-best total in NU history ... Upped her three-game digs season-best to 21 against Purdue on 10/2 ... Extended that total to 25 at No. 8 Wisconsin on 10/12, moving into third-place all-time at NU in digs with 1,339 ... Again upped that total, this time reaching 27 in a sweep at Michigan on 10/21 ... Served a season-best three aces in that match against the Wolverines ... Broke Northwestern career digs record with an 18-dig performance at No. 3 Penn State on 10/29, giving her 1,437 ... One match later, broke NU's single-match record with 36 digs in five-game win against No. 15 Purdue (11/4) ... Named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for second time on the year for performance against Purdue ... Continued to break records at No. 17 Minnesota (11/11), collecting 37 digs in a 3-2 win to re-establish her own single-match mark ... Dug 23 balls the next night at Iowa (11/12), giving her 464 for the year to break her own single-season record of 460, set last year ... Garnered her third Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award for her record-setting performances at Minnesota and Iowa ... Dug 32 balls in 3-1 win against Michigan on Senior Night (11/19).

    2004: Played in every game (106) for third-straight year ... Made switch from outside hitter to starting libero and led team in digs 24 out of 30 matches ... After her first year of playing libero, already holds NU's single-season record for most digs with 460, besting Jennifer Jostes' mark of 450 ... Ranked fifth in the Big Ten in digs per game, averaging 4.34 in the regular season ... Posted the Big Ten's fourth-best dig total in a three game match with 25 against Penn State (9/24) ... Recorded double-digit dig total 26 times ... Led team in service aces (21) along with Drew Robertson ... Posted team-leading 4.58 digs per game and 460 total digs ... Notched 20 or more digs on five occasions ... Recorded career highs in both digs (31) and assists (7) against Indiana (10/16).

    2003: Played in all 113 games ... Tied a career-high for hitting percentage (.444) and assists (3) against Ole Miss (9/6) ... Team-high nine digs against Illinois (11/12) ... Double-digit kills 17 times ... Team-high 16 digs against Penn State (10/31) ... Had stretch of seven straight matches with double-digit kill total ... Ten matches where she recorded double-digits in both kills and digs ... Team-high 10 digs against Purdue (10/25) ... Recorded double-digits in digs 15 times ... Team-high 12 digs vs. North Carolina (9/9) ... Season-high 19 digs against Purdue (11/12) ... Team-high 12 digs against Indiana (10/24)... Stretch of four straight matches with double-digit digs ... Season-high three blocks four different times ...Hitting percentage of .300 or better five times ... Notched 12 kills, 11 digs and two service aces against Iowa (10/4) ... Racked up 12 kills against Ohio State (10/10) ... Tallied 10 kills and 10 digs against Purdue (10/15) ... Fourth on team with 2.57 kills per game ... Second-most on team with 2.81 digs per game.

    2002: One of two NU players to appear in all 126 games ... Posted season-high 20 kills in victory over Purdue (11/15) ... Recorded double-digit kills in all three Wildcat Classic matches to earn all-tournament honors ... Notched 17 kills versus Harvard (9/21) ... Tallied six service aces against DePaul (9/20) ... Collected season-high 19 digs against San Diego ... Had four block assists at Illinois (9/27) ... Registered 16 kills, 13 digs and four blocks in a victory at Iowa (11/9).

    High School: Three-time USAV All-American ... Nominated to Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel All-Area Team twice ... Broke the all-division record for kills in the Wisconsin State Tournament in 2001 with 88 ... Broke the all-division record for digs in the Wisconsin State Tournament in 2000 with 84 ... High school team won two state championship and finished second in the state once during her tenure ... High school team claimed three conference titles ... High school team named the PrepsPlus Team of the Year ... Two-time all-state honoree ... All-county ... Team MVP ... Player of Year in the Little Ten Conference ... First-team all-conference ... Milwaukee Sting club team, won the Under-17 Junior Olympics national championship in 2001 ... Named MVP of the Junior Olympics national tournament ... Club team finished second nationally in 1999 ... Played three sports in high school, compiled eight letters (4--volleyball, 3--soccer, 1--basketball) ... Three-time first-team all-conference in soccer ... Team MVP for basketball ... Honor Roll ... National Honor Society and Key Club member.

    Personal: Born Christie Lee Gardner on 5/10/84 ... Daughter of James and Deborah Gardner ... Three older sisters all played Big Ten volleyball (Jamie and Korie at Wisconsin, Laurie at Indiana) ... Father played basketball at Wisconsin-Platteville ... Chose Northwestern over Wisconsin and Texas ... Majoring in communication studies.

    Gardner's Career Statistics

    Year M-G K E TA PCT AST SA BS BA DG
    2002 33-126 320 196 923 .134 31 33 4 38 309
    2003 33-113 290 189 825 .122 24 26 0 29 317
    2004 30-106 13 5 41 .195 26 21 0 1 460
    2005 32-114 5 4 23 .043 42 17 0 0 572
    Totals 128-459 628 394 1,812 .129 123 97 4 68 1,658

    Gardner's Career Highs

    Kills 20, vs. Purdue (11-15-02)
    Total Attempts 46, twice, last: at Michigan (11-30-02)
    Hitting Percentage (min. 10 att) .444 (11-3-18) vs. Ole Miss (9-6-03)
    Assists 7, vs. Indiana (10-16-04)
    Service Aces 6, vs. DePaul (9-20-02)
    Digs 37, at Minnesota (11-11-05)