Volleyball Falls In UIC Invitational Opener, 3-1
Sept. 3, 2010
CHICAGO - The UIC volleyball team got off to a fast start on Friday night in their first match of the UIC Invitational, but they were unable to finish, falling to Memphis, 3-1 (25-19, 15-25, 13-25, 12-25).
The Flames (1-2) came out firing in the opening game setting the tone with a powerful kill from sophomore Kelsey Safranek off an assist from Jessica Dalke to score the match's opening point. Safranek totaled a match-high seven kills in the opening set and tied for the overall match lead with 15.
Following a kill by Safranek and an error by Memphis'(3-1) Katie Meyer extended UIC's lead to nine at 23-14. The Tigers made a bit of a rally, but a spike by the Flames Janise Dismuke from a Dalke helper sealed the set win for the home team.
"We came out and we were loose and fired up to play," said UIC head coach Katie Schumacher-Cawley. "We played some of our best volleyball of the early season in that first set."
As the second set began, the wheels came off for the Flames. Maja Kostic opened the frame and led her team to eight straight points before the Flames got on the scoreboard after a Dismuke kill. UIC cut the lead to 10-7 following an ace by newcomer Justine Garcia. Unfortunately that was as close as they would come, dropping the second set, 25-15.
The Tigers continued to control the rest of the match, dropping the Flames, 25-13 and 25-12.
"We just made way too many errors in games two, three and four," said Schumacher-Cawley.
Altrese Hawkins and Marija Jovanovic each tallied 15 kills in the match, while Hajnalka Molnar led all players with 39 assists.
Dalke led UIC with 27 assists, while Garcia collected 10 digs on the evening.
In the opening match of the UIC Invitational, Northern Illinois blew past Kennesaw State, 3-0.
The Flames will face Kennesaw State in tomorrow's opener at 10:00 a.m. and the Huskies of NIU in the tournament's finale at 7:00 p.m.
"We have to put this one behind us right away," said Schumacher-Cawley. "We're going to get some rest and be ready to go again tomorrow."
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