Volleyball Rallies For 26-30, 33-35, 30-28, 30-22, 15-13 Victory Over Chicago State|
Sept. 14, 2004
Chicago, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Chicago volleyball team had their proverbial backs against the wall on Tuesday night as the Flames trailed Chicago State, 2-0.
UIC Head Coach Nancy Mueller placed a challenge upon her squad between games two and three and the Flames responded with a 26-30, 33-35, 30-28, 30-22, 15-13 non-conference victory over the Cougars at the Flames Athletic Center.
"That's what I've been searching for awhile with this team," UIC Head Coach Nancy Mueller said. "For us to be able to step up to the plate when the chips are down.
"I put it on the seniors to lead and they did a nice job," Mueller continued. "I didn't know if we had it in us, but it was a good result.
"I am very proud of what we were able to accomplish."
Senior outside hitter Jordan Studzinski led the charge for the Flames, posting a double-double with a career-high 17 kills and 19 digs, while teammate Dawn Strahanoski added a career-high of her own with 14 kills.
Senior setter Katie Kozak chipped in a double-double of 53 assists and 12 digs, while sophomore Ambria Springer tallied 13 kills, hitting at a clip of .370 (13-3-27), including eight block assists.
With the victory, UIC improves to 4-6, while the Cougars fall to 5-4.
On three different occasions in game five, UIC held three-point leads over Chicago State, only to have the Cougars answer and tie the game each time.
The Flames, however, broke a 13-all tie in the deciding game as Studzinski and Springer each pounded home kills to clinch the match for UIC.
Chicago State's Stacey Cole led the Cougars with a double-double of 26 kills and 16 digs, while teammate Alison West added 13 kills and seven digs.
UIC will be back in action on Friday morning, as they will travel to University, Miss., to square off with UL-Lafayette in the opening match of the Ole Miss Rebel Classic at 11:00 a.m.