Volleyball Holds Off Valparaiso, 23-30, 30-20, 30-27, 30-27.
Sept. 24, 2002
Chicago, Ill. - Junior outside hitter Lindsey Filkins (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South) recorded a season-team high 23 kills along with 16 digs to help propel the University of Illinois at Chicago volleyball team to the 23-30, 30-20, 30-27, 30-27 victory over Valparaiso at the Flames Athletic Center on Tuesday night.
"Lindsey absolutely came to play," UIC head coach Don August said. "We really needed her to play tonight."
With the victory, UIC improves to 12-4 on the campaign, while Valparaiso falls to 8-4 overall.
UIC also received solid efforts from seniors Lara Clarkson (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte/DePaul) and Gina Caneva (Lockport, Ill./Lockport). Clarkson recorded a double-double of 13 kills and 15 digs, while Caneva added 12 kills and a team-season high six blocks (2 solo, 4 assists).
The Flames got off to a rough start in the opening game as the Crusaders took home the 30-23 victory.
UIC, however, quickly regrouped and rolled over Valpo in the second game, 30-20.
"We slowed down and started passing better and Lindsey just started firing," August said. "She was just hitting that hard angle shot inside and really got hot.
"We were pretty much clicking on all cylinders."
UIC captured the third game with a 30-27 win and seemed poised to capture the fourth game and the match as the Flames held a 28-14 lead over Valpo.
The Crusaders, however, would not go away quietly as they put forth a valiant effort, only to fall 30-27.
"They started making some plays and we hit a few balls out of bounds," August said. "All of a sudden the game got tight.
"I don't know if nervous is the word, but I was certainly concerned."
Marion Hansen led Valparaiso with 11 kills, while Heather Hynds chipped in 10 kills for the Crusaders.
UIC will begin Horizon League play on Friday evening, as they will travel to Rogers Park to square off with cross-town rival, Loyola, at 7:00 p.m. in Alumni Gym.