Volleyball Blanked By Evansville, 3-0
Sept. 21, 2010
CHICAGO - The UIC volleyball team was shut out in a second straight match at the UIC Physical Education Building on Tuesday night against Evansville, 3-0 (25-15, 26-24, 25-18), who posted their 10th sweep of the 2010 campaign.
UIC (6-6) had service to start the match, but quickly fell behind 4-0 to the Purple Aces (12-2) and would come no closer than three points in the opening set before falling, 25-15. The Flames had their best attacking percentage of the night at .226 (10-3-31) in the first frame, however Evansville was even better, posting a mark of .395 (17-2-38).
"We have to figure out a way to correct those early mistakes," said UIC head coach Katie Schumacher-Cawley following the match. "We're behind three-nothing, four-zero, four-one and we haven't figured out how to recover."
The next set was a much tighter affair with the Flames drawing first blood this time on a kill by Aubrey Sniegowski. The redshirt freshman finished the match with a total of eight kills and she hit the best percentage of her young career with a mark of .538 (8-1-13).
The Flames played well at the net in the second set, collecting six of their seven team blocks in that span. Sniegowski and Epiphany Davis each registered solo blocks, while Kelsey Safranek and Jessica Dalke helped out on two apiece.
At one point in the second, the Flames led 20-17 and looked poised to even the match at one, but they were outplayed down the stretch and committed five hitting errors from that point forward before falling, 26-24.
Evansville also controlled much of the final game, though Safranek did her best to keep her team close, registering six kills and an ace in the third. However, the first pass continued to be a struggle for UIC as they committed five of their eight service errors on the evening in the final set as they lost the finale, 25-18.
Flames senior libero Taylor Szatkowski led all players with 14 digs on Tuesday, while Evansville's Ellen Sawin registered a match-high 33 assists. Dalke led UIC with 29 helpers.
"There is a lot of work to be done between now on Friday night when get back into conference," said Schumacher-Cawley. "We're not playing well enough to win right now."
The Flames will conclude the current five-match homestand this weekend when they welcome Horizon League foes Valparaiso and Loyola to the UIC Physical Education Building. The Crusaders invade Chicago on Friday night for a 7 p.m. tilt. On Saturday, crosstown-rival Loyola comes south from Rogers Park for what promises to be another classic battle between the two schools at 4 p.m.
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