Volleyball Falls Short In Five Games Against Clemson|
Sept. 20, 2003
Clemson, S.C. - If there was one thing that the University of Illinois at Chicago volleyball team can take away from this past weekend, is that they belonged.
After winning its first two matches of the Clemson Invitational, UIC pushed the host Tigers to the limit, before Clemson claimed the 27-30, 30-26, 30-21, 29-31, 15-5 victory over the Flames to take home the tournament championship on Saturday night at Jervey Gym.
With the victory, Clemson improves to 10-5, while the Flames fall to 6-8 on the campaign.
"We came out with all that we could," UIC head coach Don August said. "They were just a little better than us tonight.
"We gave the crowd a good match and we gave Clemson a run for their money."
Senior outside hitter Teaha Shepperd led the way for UIC with 22 kills and 17 digs, while teammate Kristi Herrington chipped in 14 kills. Both were named to the All-Tournament team.
Senior setter Meghan Keck also turned in a solid effort for the Flames with 43 assists, eight digs and seven kills with no errors.
Liz Beckham (24 kills) and Leslie Finn (23 kills) each posted over 20 kills for Clemson on Saturday night, while teammates Ryane Beasley (14 kills) and Lori Ashton (12 kills) were both in double-digits for the Tigers.
Clemson was also solid at the net as they turned in 18 total blocks to UIC's eight. Ashton led the way with nine total blocks (4 solo, 5 assists).
UIC will be back in action on Tuesday night, as they will travel across town to square off with Chicago State at 7:00 p.m.