Volleyball Falls To Ohio State In Four Games|
Sept. 10, 2002
Chicago, Ill. - University of Illinois at Chicago head volleyball coach Don August knows that at any given time, he can count on any six of his players to be game-breakers for his squad.
Unfortunately for August and his troops, Ohio State sophomore outside hitter Stacey Gordon not only broke the match open for the Buckeyes, but she broke the Flames' backs as well.
Gordon recorded 33 kills for a hitting percentage of .491 to help Ohio State to a 30-28, 30-13, 23-30, 30-24 victory over UIC at the UIC Pavilion on Tuesday night.
"When the game was on the line they went to (Gordon) and she just buried balls," August said. "She just went out finishing the ball harder than she did all night."
With the victory, Ohio State improves to 4-2 on the season, while the Flames drop to 6-2 on the campaign.
Sophomore middle hitter Kristi Herrington (St. Louis, Mich./St. Louis) also turned in a solid performance with nine kills out of 15 attacks for a hitting percentage of .600.
Ohio State kept the Flames off balance all night with tough, aggressive serving that resulted in six service aces and caused several bad passes. Ohio State setter Katie Virtue (62 assists) led the Buckeyes with three aces, while Gordon added a pair.
"That was the toughest serving team we faced all year, and again, that's what we're trying to get, aggressive, hard serving," August said. "The problem is, that they're used to playing in matches like this and we're not."
Despite the loss, August was able to take away a few things from his team's performance.
"The fact that we are capable of playing at the level of one of the top ten teams in the country," August said. "Obviously we had to be more consistent to beat them and more aggressive offensively.
"I'm encouraged that we could maintain our level of intensity with them for most of the match," August continued. "We raised our expectations quite a bit by playing a match like this."
UIC will be back in action on Friday, as they will travel to Fairfield, Conn., to participate in the Fairfield Volleyball Classic. The Flames will take on Stony Brook in the opening round on Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. (CST).