Volleyball Blows Past Stony Brook, 30-22, 30-18, 30-22|
Sept. 13, 2003
DeKalb, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Chicago volleyball team went through some trying times in the past 24 hours.
On Friday night, UIC dropped a five-game heartbreaker to Northern Illinois in a match that lasted over two hours. Almost as quickly as the Flames left Victor E. Court on Friday, they had to come back and square off with Valparaiso early on Saturday morning, only to be swept by the Crusaders.
UIC bounced back on Saturday night and swept Stony Brook, 30-22, 30-18, 30-22, to claim their final match of the NIU Comfort Inn and Suite Invitational.
"This weekend was a big character builder for us," UIC Head Coach Don August said. "It shows that we have to be ready for every match."
With the victory, UIC improves to 4-6 on the season, while Stony Brook falls to 1-8 overall.
Junior middle hitter Kristi Herrington and senior outside hitter Teaha Shepperd each recorded 14 kills apiece to lead the Flames on Saturday night. Following the match, Shepperd was awarded All-Tournament honors.
UIC also received a pleasant surprise from sophomore Catherine Roy, who was filling in for the injured Lindsey Filkins (foot). Roy responded with a double-double of 11 kills, 10 digs and five service aces.
"That was a solid, confident performance by Catherine," August said. "She served well, played good defense and just a solid all-around game."
UIC will be back in action on Tuesday evening, as they will travel to Lincoln Park to square off with cross-town rival, DePaul, at 7:00 p.m.