Flames Declaw Panthers In Comeback Fashion, 3-2
Oct. 6, 2012
"Milwaukee is a great program, and I am proud of the way our girls fought tonight," head coach Katie Schumacher-Cawley said. "It was a complete team effort, and a great turnaround in the fourth and fifth sets."
Seniors Aubrey Sniegowski (Lemont, Ill./Lemont Township) and Janise Dismuke (Peoria, Ill./Richwoods) paced the Flames offensively as they had 19 and 18 kills, respectively. Sniegowski hit at .400, while Dismuke posted her fourth-straight .400-plus match as she hit at .467 on the night.
Senior Nicole Allgood (Crestwood, Ky./South Oldham) and junior MaryKate Imrie (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) captured double-doubles in the match. Allgood had 12 kills, while 11 digs and Imrie dished out 61 assists to lead all players and 16 digs.
The Flames opened up the first set with a 1-0 lead, and wouldn't find their next lead until Dismuke and Sniegowski posted a block to overtake the Panther, 23-22. The lead came on the coat tails UIC outscoring Milwaukee 10-2. The Panthers then committed an attack error, while Allgood then capitalized on the situation to close out the set 25-23 and earned a 1-0 lead in the match.
UIC then dropped the second and third sets, 25-22 and 25-23, in that order, before rallying back in the fourth and deciding set.
The Flames came out in the fourth set and collected three-straight points with kills by Dismuke, Sniegowski and Allgood. From there, the teams exchanged points, before UIC posted a three-point run to place the score at 16-13, which forced Milwaukee to call a timeout.
The Panthers we eventually able to tie the set at 22, but UIC scored three of the next four points to close the set at 25-23, and tie the match at 2-2.
UIC and Milwaukee played a cat-and-mouse game through the deciding set until the Flames gained a 10-9 lead on the Panthers. From there, Milwaukee called a timeout, but the Flames rallied on with three-straight points , including blocks by Dismuke and Sniegowski, a service ace by junior Justine Garcia (Chicago, Ill./Brooks) and a kill by Sniegowski to make the score 13-9.
Sniegowski and Sternard then closed the door on the match with back-to-back kills to outlast the Panthers, 15-11.
UIC returns to action Friday against Loyola at 7:00 p.m., inside the Gentile Arena as the teams meet up with first-place rights on the line.