Volleyball Holds Off Wright State, 30-20, 32-30, 23-30, 21-30, 15-11
Oct. 14, 2004
Chicago, Ill. - University of Illinois at Chicago volleyball coach Nancy Mueller sensed an attitude of confidence in her squad during the game four intermission, despite the Flames dropping a 2-0 lead at the hands of Wright State.
Mueller gathered the troops and UIC banded together for the 30-20, 32-30, 23-30, 21-30, 15-11 Horizon League victory over the visiting Raiders, snapping the Flames' six-match losing streak at the Flames Athletic Center on Thursday night.
"We were able to overcome (adversity) and that's the biggest thing for us," Mueller said. "We were able to see ourselves come out of that funk and I think that's going to give us confidence going into Butler tomorrow night.
"This was our match and if we wanted it, we had to go out and take it," Mueller continued. "We fought too hard to give it up and no one was going to give it to us."
With the victory, UIC improves to 6-15 overall and 2-4 in Horizon League play, while the Raiders fall to 3-15 on the campaign and 1-5 in conference action.
Mueller lauded the performance of senior Megan Hoffman. Hoffman finished the match with a career-high, 15 kills, including four total blocks (2 solo, 2 assists).
"I think (Megan) Hoffman had an outstanding match," Mueller said. "Megan became a go-to player for us tonight.
"She kept the ball in play and put a lot of velocity on the ball," Mueller continued. "Even if they were digging the ball, it was taking (Wright State) out of their offense and out of their comfort zone."
In game five, the Flames jumped out to an early 7-2 lead over Wright State, aided by four errors from the Raiders.
UIC, however, would help out Wright State's cause as the Flames committed six errors of their own, bringing the Raiders to within 11-10.
The tide turned back in the favor of the Flames as the Wright State errors continued with three miscues, punctuated with a Springer kill to clinch the match with a 15-11 victory in the deciding game.
Jenny Schultz topped Wright State with 15 kills, while teammates Lisa Griffith (13 kills, 10 digs), McKenzie Tiffin (11 kills, 16 digs) and Nicole Scheltema (30 assists, 13 digs) each contributed double-doubles for the Raiders.
UIC will be back in action on Friday night, as they will host the Horizon League-leading, Butler Bulldogs, at 7:00 p.m. in the Flames Athletic Center.