Western Michigan Sweeps Volleyball, 30-21, 30-22, 30-22|
Sept. 1, 2004
Chicago, Ill. - Western Michigan provided a rude welcome to new University of Illinois at Chicago volleyball coach Nancy Mueller in her debut, as the Broncos swept the host Flames, 30-21, 30-22, 30-22 in the season opener at the Flames Athletic Center on Wednesday night.
Western Michigan outside hitter Ashley Schatzle led the charge for the Broncos with 11 kills, while teammate Kristy Ramsey chipped in 10. Broncos' setter Jessica Holly notched a match-high 25 assists.
With the victory, Western Michigan improves to 1-0 on the season, while the Flames fall to 0-1.
"It was a positive environment," Mueller said. "We played hard, but sporadically, so we need to be more consistent.
Mueller was impressed with the Flames' serving on Wednesday night, as they tallied nine service aces to five errors. Sophomore Camille Mankus and freshman Katarina Nedeljkovic each posted two aces for the Flames.
"We served very aggressively," Mueller said. "For a little while, we took them out of their offense."
Senior outside hitter Jordan Studzinski topped UIC with 11 kills.
Despite the outcome, Mueller knows that there are better things to come for her squad.
"It was a good experience, even though we are capable of doing better," Mueller said. "We are a really good team even though no one saw it tonight.
"I'm very proud of this team, we just need for it all to come together when the Horizon League season starts."
UIC will be back in action on Friday morning, as they will travel to Memphis, Tenn., to square off with Tennessee State at 9:00 a.m. in the Memphis Invitational.