Volleyball Shipwrecks Cleveland State, 26-30, 32-30, 30-24, 30-19|
Oct. 31, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - Junior middle hitter Kristi Herrington notched a team-high 14 kills and five blocks to lift the University of Illinois at Chicago volleyball team to their first Horizon League victory of the season with a 26-30, 32-30, 30-24, 30-19 triumph over Cleveland State at the Flames Athletic Center on Friday night.
Senior outside hitter Teaha Shepperd chipped in a double-double of 13 kills and 17 digs for the Flames.
With the victory, UIC improves to 9-17 overall and 1-9 in Horizon League play, while the Vikings fall to 15-13 on the campaign and 2-8 in league action.
"It's great to finally get that conference win," UIC head coach Don August said. "I liked the way we came out, we put it together, hung tough and played all the way through."
In the first game, both teams battled to a 25-all tie, before the Vikings went on a 5-0 run, led by a service ace and a kill from Cleveland State setter Kelly Crain (41 assists) to put the game away.
The second game was just as fierce as the Flames were facing game-point with a 29-28 lead over the Vikings.
Cleveland State junior middle hitter Jamie Bouyer (18 kills) would have none of that, recording a pair of kills to give the Vikings the 30-29 advantage.
Herrington quickly responded for UIC, pounding home a pair of kills to help the Flames retake the lead at 31-30. UIC would clinch the game following a back-row attack error on CSU's Danielle Siefker (9 kills).
In game three, the Flames were cruising as they built a 22-10 advantage over Cleveland State. The Vikings, however, would not go away quietly as they narrowed the lead to four points at 27-23.
UIC clinched the game with a kill from Shepperd and two Vikings errors to give the Flames the 30-24 win.
That halted the Vikings momentum and UIC ran away with the fourth match as the Flames hit .346 (14 kills, 5 errors, 26 attacks) en route to the 30-19 victory.
Cleveland State sophomore outside hitter Jenna Maddocks had 11 kills for the Vikings.
UIC will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, as they will host Youngstown State for 'Senior Day' at 2:00 p.m. at the Flames Athletic Center.