Volleyball Drops 30-20, 30-22, 30-20 Decision To No. 16 Wisconsin|
Sept. 21, 2002
Madison, Wis. - All good things must come to an end.
The University of Illinois at Chicago volleyball team's three-tournament winning streak came to an end on Saturday evening as the Flames dropped a 30-20, 30-22, 30-20 decision at the hands of the No. 16 Wisconsin Badgers in the final game of the Badger Invitational at the UW-Fieldhouse.
Bowling Green finished the tournament with a record of 2-1 to claim second place, while UIC finished the tournament with a record of 1-2 for third place followed by Tulane, who lost all three of their matches.
With the victory, Wisconsin improves to 9-2 overall, while UIC falls to 11-4 on the campaign.
Both teams battled early on in game one with the Badgers holding onto a 17-14 lead. Wisconsin then went on a 13-6 run, behind four kills apiece from Lisa Zukowski and Erin Byrd to put the game out of reach for the Flames.
Game two featured much of the same as Wisconsin opened up a 19-12 lead over the Flames.
UIC, however, would not go away quietly as they went on a 5-0 run led by three kills from Clarkson and a pair of service aces by Shepperd to narrow the Badgers lead to 19-17.
The Flames gave Wisconsin all they could handle in game three as the Badgers held a narrow 19-17 lead over the Flames following a Herrington kill.
Wisconsin then put UIC's hopes to rest as the Badgers went on a11-3 run, led by three kills from Zukowski to clinch the game and the match.
The Badgers answered with a 10-3 run of their own, led by four kills by Byrd and the Flames would come no closer.
Byrd led Wisconsin with 16 kills, while Zukowski (14 kills) and Lori Rittenhouse (12 kills) each turned in solid efforts.
Following the tournament, Shepperd was named to the All-Tournament team.
UIC will be back in action on Tuesday evening at the Flames Athletic Center, as they will square off with Valparaiso at 7:00 p.m.