Volleyball Comes From Behind For Five-Game Victory Over Butler|
Oct. 4, 2002
Chicago, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Chicago volleyball team was dealt a severe loss this past week as senior middle hitter Gina Caneva was lost for the season with a shoulder injury.
Junior outside hitter Teaha Shepperd was more than willing to pick up the slack for her teammate and the Flames.
Shepperd recorded a double-double of 19 kills and 17 digs, to help lead UIC to the 28-30, 30-26, 26-30, 30-22, 15-12 come-from-behind Horizon League victory over Butler at the Flames Athletic Center on Friday night.
"Teaha was good tonight," August said. "We're going to have to rely on Teaha now more than ever."
With the victory, UIC improves to 13-5 on the season and 1-1 in Horizon League play, while Butler falls to 8-11 overall and 1-2 in the league.
Caneva's replacement Megan Hoffman turned in an admirable performance in her absence as the sophomore middle hitter pounded home eight kills and a team-high six blocks (2 solo, 4 assists).
"Megan can play, but Gina was in front of her," August said. "Now its time for Megan to step up."
The Flames also received solid efforts from senior outside hitter Lara Clarkson (13 kills, 16 digs), junior outside hitter Lindsey Filkins (11 kills) and sophomore middle hitter Kristi Herrington (10 kills, 6 blocks).
August is excited about his squad's prospects heading into tomorrow's showdown with Wright State.
"It's a tough one going into tomorrow, but it's a lot better coming off a five-game win, rather than a five-game loss," August said. "We're pretty pumped, no matter what, we know that we're going to have a battle on our hands."
Keely Norris led Butler with 23 kills, followed by Kali Carter (13 kills) and Laura Klancnik (10 kills).
UIC will be back in action on Saturday, as they will take on the Horizon League preseason favorite Wright State at 4:00 p.m.