Volleyball Tames Cougars, 27-30, 30-27, 30-28, 30-19|
Sept. 23, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - Junior middle hitter Kristi Herrington tied a career-high with 15 kills to help lift the University of Illinois at Chicago volleyball team to the 27-30, 30-27, 30-28, 30-19 non-conference victory over Chicago State, spoiling the Cougars' home opener at the Jacoby D. Dickens Center on Tuesday night.
UIC also received solid efforts from both senior outside hitter Teaha Shepperd (14 kills) and junior middle hitter Megan Hoffman (11 kills).
With the victory, UIC improves to 7-8 overall, while Chicago State falls to 1-11 on the campaign.
In the opening game, Chicago State jumped out to an early 22-16 lead over the Flames, behind three kills from Stacey Cole. UIC, however, would not go away quietly as they capitalized on four Cougars' errors to knot the game up at 22-apiece.
UIC took control for a brief moment as Shepperd collected two kills to give the Flames the 26-24 advantage. Chicago State maintained its composure, scored four consecutive points behind two kills from Cole and a service ace from Alison West.
UIC rebounded in the second game, as they cruised to an early 13-4 lead over the Cougars, as freshman Camille Mankus broke a 4-all tie with nine consecutive service points - including two service aces - highlighted by three kills from Shepperd.
Chicago State mounted a slight comeback as they scored five consecutive points behind three errors and kills from Cole and Rose to cut UIC's lead to 15-10. The Flames quickly put an end to the Cougars' momentum with a 12-7 run to extend their advantage to 10 points at 27-17.
But just as quickly as Chicago State's momentum stopped, it got started again as the Cougars went on a 10-2 run, behind three kills from Andrea Rose and two kills and an ace from Cole to narrow UIC's advantage to 29-27. Herrington ended the rally as she pounded home an assist from setter Meghan Keck to clinch the 30-27 victory over Chicago State.
Hoffman led the way for UIC in the second game with five kills, while Shepperd added four for the Flames.
The third game was a see-saw affair that saw both teams battle to a 19-all tie. Chicago State, however, took control with four consecutive points behind a kill from West and Cole and two hitting errors from Herrington to take a 23-19 lead over the Flames.
UIC quickly responded with a 6-2 run of their own, behind three Chicago State errors and a kill and a block assist from Hoffman to tie the game up at 25-apiece. Both teams traded points before Shepperd put the Flames ahead 27-26 with a service ace. Cole tied the game at 27 with a kill, before UIC scored two points behind a kill and block assists from Hoffman and Keck to give the Flames a 29-27 advantage.
Chicago State cut the lead to 29-28, following an error by Shepperd. UIC, however, was not fazed as Herrington collected her second game ending kill of the night to give the Flames the 30-28 victory. Herrington led the Flames in Game Three with four kills.
In game four, UIC and Chicago State battled to a 9-all tie early on. From that point, it was all UIC as they went on a 21-10 run, paced by five kills from Shepperd to clinch the 30-19 victory and the match.
UIC will be back in action on Friday night, as they will open Horizon League play against Wright State at 7:00 p.m. in the Flames Athletic Center.