Flames Rattle Ramblers, 3-1
Senior Janise Dismuke (Peoria, Ill./Richwoods) posted her fifth-straight .400 plus hitting percentage match as the middle hitter knocked down 12 kills at .524. Kelsey Safranek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South) led the Flames in kills with 15, while Aubrey Sniegowski (Lemont, Ill./Lemont Township) chipped in 10.
The Flames began the first set in a three-point deficit (3-0), which forced UIC to call a timeout. The Ramblers then went on to lead the Flames 7-4, before UIC posted a four-point run to gain an 8-7 advantage. Loyola then echoed with its own four-point run for an 11-8 lead.
The teams traded points until Sniegowski ignited a six-point run with a kill, and the run led to an 18-15 tilt for UIC. The run proved to be too much for Loyola as the Flames were able to hold on to the lead and capture the set 25-22.
With UIC leading the match 1-0, the Flames began with a two-point lead in the second set. The Flames controlled the game as they posted a six-point run, and led the Ramblers by 10 points on six separate occasions. The Flames closed out the set with a 12-point advantage, 25-13.
The Ramblers then won the third set in a 25-15 decision to place the match score at 2-1, UIC.
The Flames and Ramblers played in a back-and-forth fashion to begin the fourth set, before the Flames went on to outscore Loyola 11-2. The rally resulted in a 10-point lead, 21-11. UIC then won four of the next five points to win the set, 25-13, and the match 3-1.
UIC continues conference play October 19 as the Flames contend Wright State in Dayton, Ohio at 6:00 p.m. (CT).