Volleyball Holds On For Five-Game Victory Over Wright State|
Oct. 5, 2002
Chicago, Ill. - University of Illinois at Chicago head volleyball coach Don August does not like to bring up the 2001 season.
After all, the Flames suffered four five-game losses to open up the Horizon League campaign last season.
The 2001 season proved to be a distant memory on Saturday afternoon as UIC captured the 25-30, 31-29, 30-26, 27-30, 15-10 Horizon League victory over Wright State on Saturday afternoon at the Flames Athletic Center, marking the Flames' second-straight five-game match in as many days.
"Things are sort of evening out," August said. "We're pretty comfortable in the fifth game and we have a lot of confidence."
"We just try to take over the game and so far we have been successful doing it."
It was a total team effort for UIC on Saturday afternoon as four different players recorded double-doubles for the Flames.
Junior outside hitter Teaha Shepperd led the charge for the Flames as the Michigan native pounded home 19 kills and 15 digs. Outside hitters Lara Clarkson (14 kills, 20 digs) and Lindsey Filkins (15 kills, 10 digs) also turned in solid efforts.
Junior setter Meghan Keck was one kill away from recording a triple-double as the Auburn transfer garnered nine kills, 52 assists and 15 digs.
UIC was also the beneficiaries of some timely serving as the Flames recorded a team-season high, 16 aces on the day. Clarkson topped the Flames with four aces.
"Our serving helped us a lot today," August said. "It kept (Wright State) off the net and it made their offense predictable."
Wright State was playing short-handed as 2001 Horizon League Player of the Year, Karis Day played in just the first game of the day.
"Everybody has injuries, and we have injuries too," August said. "Injuries are a part of the game, it's just a matter of recovering."
Tricia Naseman recorded a game-high 23 kills for the Raiders, while Kelly Skaro chipped in 17 kills.
UIC will be back in action on Tuesday evening, as they will take on cross-town rival, DePaul at 7:00 p.m. at the UIC Pavilion.