Volleyball Continues Winning Ways Against Binghamton|
Sept. 7, 2002
Chicago, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Chicago volleyball team found themselves in quite a bind early on in their contest against Binghamton as the Flames trailed the Bearcats, 21-13, in the opening game of their match on Saturday afternoon.
Senior middle hitter Gina Caneva (Lockport, Ill./Lockport), however, put a quick end to the Bearcats' run as she recorded eight of her game-high 17 kills to lead the Flames to the 30-25, 30-23, 30-22 victory at the Quality Inn Downtown/UIC Invitational at the UIC Pavilion. Caneva also chipped in five blocks (1 solo, 4 assists) for UIC.
"We picked up our defense and Gina (Caneva) just took over," UIC head coach Don August said. "(Binghamton) just could not stop her.
"She put every ball down."
UIC also received solid performances from junior outside hitters Teaha Shepperd (Kalamazoo, Mich./Galesburg-Augusta) and Lindsey Filkins (Downers Grove, Ill./South). Shepperd pounded home 13 kills and picked up 13 digs, while Filkins chipped in 11 kills for the Flames.
Sophomore outside hitter Jordan Studzinski posted a game-high 14 digs for the Flames.
Following the game, August also lauded the performance of junior setter Meghan Keck (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township/Auburn). Keck finished the contest with a game-high 45 assists.
"I really thought Meghan Keck's leadership on the floor was instrumental," August said. "It seemed like she demanded plays and started passing better.
"She was a real burst of energy and got everybody fired up."
The victory extends UIC's winning streak to four matches and helps the Flames improve to 5-1 on the campaign, while Binghamton falls to 0-5 on the campaign.
Jennifer Smith led Binghamton with 11 kills.
UIC will be back in action tonight as they will take on Iowa at 7:00 p.m.