Volleyball's Late Comeback Falls Short Against Loyola In Five Sets
Sept. 26, 2008
Chicago, Ill. - The UIC volleyball team's late comeback fell short on Friday night as the Flames fell to crosstown rival Loyola, 3-2, at the Flames Athletic Center.
Sarah Singer led Loyola with 16 kills, while Alyse Serritella tallied a match-high 26 digs.
The fifth set was a nailbiter that was decided in extra points. The Flames were one point shy of a match victory, but Loyola knotted it up on a UIC service error. The Ramblers then recorded a 3-1 run for the 17-15 win.
Loyola (11-3, 2-1) posted a solid defensive performance in set one with nine blocks. The Ramblers held UIC to a negative attack percentage. Loyola pulled away, eventually taking the first set with an 11-4 run (25-14).
Set two remained close until the Ramblers went on a 5-1 burst midway through the frame. UIC (5-8, 1-2) cut the deficit to three points late, but Loyola responded with a 3-1 run to capture the second set (25-18).
UIC turned the match around after the 10-minute break. The Flames held the Ramblers to a negative clip in the third set. Leading 16-10, UIC cruised to a 25-15 victory with an impressive defensive showing. The Flames totaled nine blocks and forced Loyola to commit 12 errors.
The Flames continued their positive momentum in fourth set with a .324 attack percentage. The Ramblers got within three points on several occasions, but UIC rolled ahead to force the match into a final set (25-20).
The Flames face Green Bay on the road next Tuesday, Sept. 30.