Volleyball Coasts To 30-20, 30-16, 32-30 Victory Over Iowa

Senior middle hitter Gina Caneva was named the Quality Inn/UIC Invitational Most Valuable Player
Senior middle hitter Gina Caneva was named the Quality Inn/UIC Invitational Most Valuable Player

Sept. 7, 2002

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Chicago, Ill. - University of Illinois at Chicago head volleyball coach Don August tried to put Saturday night's 30-20, 30-16, 32-30 victory over Iowa in perspective.

It was, after all, UIC's first victory over a Big Ten opponent since the Flames downed Northwestern on September 16th, 1995.

"That was a real good win for us," August said. "We like to beat a Big Ten team and we like to beat a team that was physically bigger than us.

"I thought we had a pretty solid game plan heading into tonight," August said. "We just had to execute it, and we did."

Senior Lara Clarkson (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte/DePaul) led the way for UIC with 10 kills and 15 digs while teammates Gina Caneva (Lockport, Ill./Lockport) and Lindsey Filkins (Downers Grove, Ill./South) each chipped in nine kills apiece for the Flames.

Iowa was its own worst enemy on Saturday night as they committed 31 errors out of a possible 125 attacks. The Hawkeyes finished the contest with a hitting percentage of .016.

Echaka Agba led the way for the Hawkeyes with 12 kills.

Following the tournament, Caneva was named the Most Valuable Player. Caneva finished the weekend with 37 kills and a hitting percentage of .411 (37 kills, 7 errors, 73 attacks). The Lockport, Ill., native hit over .400 in all three matches with her top performance of 17 kills in a three-game victory over Binghamton.

Joining Caneva on the All-Tournament team were junior setter Meghan Keck (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township/Auburn) and junior outside hitter Teaha Shepperd (Kalamazoo, Mich./Galesburg-Augusta).

Downtown Quality Inn/UIC Volleyball Invitational All Tournament Team



Lindsay Matikosh, Buffalo Jennifer Smith, Binghamton Renee Hill, Iowa Echaka Agba, Iowa Teaha Shepperd, UIC Meghan Keck, UIC

Most Valuable Player Gina Caneva, UIC