Volleyball Drops Cleveland State
Oct. 31, 2009
CHICAGO - The UIC volleyball team triumphantly endured another five-set outing on Saturday night, besting league-leading Cleveland State, 3-2, on Halloween at the Flames Athletic Center.
The Flames (15-13, 8-5 Horizon) entered the match fresh off a stirring five-set comeback victory against Wright State on Friday night, but things played out differently than the night before.
Cleveland State (23-6, 11-2 Horizon), who hadn't lost a match since September 25, opened up with a scant three errors to UIC's nine for a 25-17 set one Viking victory.
UIC responded in set two, jumping out to a 24-18 lead. Cleveland would rattle off six consecutive points to tie the match up at 24 apiece, but consecutive kills from Janise Dismuke and Casie Sullivan tied the match up as both sides entered the locker room.
Epiphany Davis chipped in a pair of solo blocks and four kills as the Flames dominated the third set, as UIC had a 15-9 kill advantage to coast to a 25-13 set win.
Both squads played evenly in set four, but Cleveland State would inch away late, as the Viking's Beth Greulich had three kills to put CSU on top, 25-19 to force the deciding set.
Behind a set-high five kills from Sullivan, including what would prove to be the match-winner, the Flames broke open a 9-9 fifth set with errorless play and a 6-2 run to claim the match.
"This was a total team effort, and I'm very proud with how everyone played," said head coach Katie Schumacher-Cawley. "The team was ready to go."
Sullivan posted another double-double with 12 kills and 17 digs, while Dismuke had a career-best outing with 13 kills. Taylor Szatkowski had a match-high 22 digs.
"Janise works very hard in practice, and it showed tonight," said Schumacher-Cawley. "I thought Jessica Dalke was setting well all match, and Taylor played great defense."
CSU's Greulich led all players with a match-high 20 kills. The loss marked the end of a 12-match winning streak for the Vikings.
The Flames return to action on Friday when they trek to Valparaiso for a 7 p.m. match-up with the Crusaders.
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