Flames Declaw Panthers In Comeback Fashion, 3-2

Justine Garcia had nine digs, and assisted the Flames to victory with a service ace in the deciding set.
Justine Garcia had nine digs, and assisted the Flames to victory with a service ace in the deciding set.

Oct. 6, 2012

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CHICAGO - The UIC volleyball team (11-10/4-2 Horizon League) played a hard-fought match to defeat Milwaukee (7-11/2-3 Horizon League) 3-2 (25-22, 22-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-11) Saturday inside the Flames Athletic Center. The Flames outplayed the Panthers in kills, attack percentage, assists and digs.

"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.

Sophomore Maggie Strus (Hickory Hills, Ill./Stagg) paced the Flames defensively, picking up 28 digs. Sophomore Sara Sternard (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Westmont) hit at .423 with 12 kills on the night.

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.