Volleyball Comes From Behind For Five-Game Victory

Junior outside hitter Lindsey Filkins led UIC with 19 kills on Friday evening.
Junior outside hitter Lindsey Filkins led UIC with 19 kills on Friday evening.

Sept. 13, 2002

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Fairfield, Conn. - Last season, the University of Illinois at Chicago volleyball team was on the wrong end of seven five-game contests.

The Flames, however, got off on the right foot on Friday evening as they came from behind for the 26-30, 25-30, 30-27, 30-21, 15-10 victory over Stony Brook University at the Walsh Athletic Center on the first day of the Fairfield Volleyball Classic.

Junior outside hitter Lindsey Filkins led the way for UIC with 19 kills, while teammates Teaha Shepperd (16 kills) and Gina Caneva (13 kills) each turned in solid efforts for the Flames.

UIC coach Don August believes that the first two games were a result of complacency following his squad's strong performance against #9 Ohio State on Tuesday night, and a surprising effort from Stony Brook.

"I thought there was a little let up and we came out flat," August said of the first two games. "We played hard, but not as hard as we could have."

"Stony Brook is a pretty strong team," August said. "They really took it to us in the first two games with some very aggressive serving and hitting."

August cited the performances of both Filkins and junior setter Meghan Keck as the key to the Flames' comeback.

"The third game was the key to the match," August said. "Both Lindsey Filkins and Meghan Keck picked up their defense and their offense.

"They really kicked it into another level and brought every one else with them."

With the victory, UIC snaps Stony Brook's seven-match winning streak and improves its record to 7-2 on the campaign. With the loss, the Seawolves drop to 8-2 on the year.



UIC will be back in action on Saturday morning with a doubleheader. The Flames will open the day with a contest against the Harvard Crimson (10:30 AM) and wrap the tournament up against host and 2001 NCAA Qualifier, Fairfield (7:00 PM).