Volleyball Blanks Mississippi, 30-17, 30-25, 30-24|
Sept. 5, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - There's nothing like sweet home Chicago.
After dropping all three of their matches on the road last weekend, the University of Illinois at Chicago returned to the UIC Pavilion on Friday night, and swept Mississippi, 30-17, 30-25, 30-24, in the opening round of the UIC Invitational.
UIC Head Coach Don August believes that his squad's tough defense was the key to victory for the Flames.
UIC recorded 55 digs, which was almost half of Mississippi's 116 attacks.
"We needed a win tonight," UIC head coach Don August said. "We made some defensive adjustments during the week and the girls picked it up well.
"We kept the ball in play and got a lot of transition opportunities."
With the victory, UIC improves to 1-3 on the campaign, while the Rebels remain winless at 0-4.
Junior outside hitter Jordan Studzinski provided the offensive (and defensive) firepower for the Flames on Friday night with a hitting percentage of .500 (9 kills, 0 errors, 18 attacks) and a match-high 15 digs.
"Jordan set the tone for us defensively," August said. "We know she's capable of swinging high and hard, but we just had to get her on track.
"We wanted her to stay aggressive and take her rips," August continued. "She didn't get cheated at all."
Senior setter Meghan Keck notched a double-double of 31 assists and 11 digs, while outside hitter Teaha Shepperd added 11 kills for the Flames.
Elena Garcia led Mississippi with 10 kills and 10 digs on the evening.
UIC will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, as they will take on Horizon League and cross-town rival, Loyola, at 2:30 p.m. in the UIC Pavilion. The Flames will round out the night with a match against Northwestern at 7:30 p.m.