Volleyball Stuns Loyola In Five-Game Thriller
Sept. 6, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - It was your typical University of Illinois at Chicago/Loyola volleyball match, but with atypical results.
For the first time in the last seven years, the Flames came-from-behind to earn the 23-30, 17-30, 30-24, 30-27, 15-13 over the visiting Ramblers in the UIC Invitational at the UIC Pavilion on Saturday afternoon. The last time UIC defeated Loyola was in 1996 with a five-game victory at home.
With the victory, UIC improves to 2-3 on the season, while Loyola falls to 2-3 overall.
Junior outside hitter Jordan Studzinski paced the UIC offensive attack with 14 kills and added a match-high 21 digs for the Flames. UIC also received solid performances from senior setter Meghan Keck (39 assists, 13 digs), senior outside hitter Teaha Shepperd (12 kills, 13 attacks), junior middle hitters Kristi Herrington (11 kills) and Megan Hoffman (10 kills).
After dropping the first two games, UIC roared back for consecutive victories to even the match at two. Loyola jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead over the Flames in the 15-point match. The Flames, however, would not go away quietly as they took a 12-10 lead over the Ramblers.
Loyola played just as tough as the Flames, taking a 13-12 lead following a service ace by Nichol Amberg. UIC, however, used a pair of kills from Herrington and a kill from Shepperd to clinch the match.
Loyola freshman outside hitter Courtney Ashley notched a match-high 20 kills and 10 digs for the Ramblers, while Jorie Miguel (14 kills, 16 digs), Nichol Amberg (12 kills, 13 digs) and Jamie Plass (11 kills) all tallied double-digit kills.