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    Aug. 29, 2003

    Box Score

    Mt. Pleasant, Mich. - The University of Illinois at Chicago volleyball team stumbled out of the starting blocks as they dropped a 30-24, 30-24, 30-27 decision in their season-opener at the hands of IPFW in the opening match of the Central Michigan Chippewa Classic at Rose Arena on Friday afternoon.

    "We were clearly outperformed today," UIC head coach Don August said. "We hustled and gave a great effort, but IPFW made the critical plays when they needed to."

    Junior middle hitter Kristi Herrington turned in an impressive effort for the Flames as the St. Louis, Mich., native notched 11 kills and a hitting percentage of .429 (11 kills, 2 errors, 21 attacks). UIC also received a pair of double-doubles from seniors Teaha Shepperd (13 kills, 13 digs) and Lindsey Filkins (10 kills, 10 digs).

    IPFW's Kirsta Solberg provided the fireworks for the Mastodons, with 20 kills, seven digs and four service aces. Solberg finished the match with a hitting percentage of .333 (20 kills, 5 errors, 45 attacks). Fabiana Souza added 11 kills for IPFW.

    As a team, IPFW connected at an amazing hitting percentage of .292 (54 kills, 16 errors, 130 attacks) for the match.

    UIC will be back in action on Saturday morning as they will take on Horizon League rival, UW-Green Bay, at 9:00 a.m.