Volleyball Edged By Butler, 30-16, 30-32, 30-18, 27-30, 13-15|
Nov. 2, 2002
Indianapolis, Ind. - After a hard-fought five game victory over Wright State on Friday night, the University of Illinois at Chicago volleyball team found themselves back in the same position against Butler on Saturday afternoon.
The results, however, weren't as good as the Bulldogs claimed the 30-16, 30-32, 30-18, 27-30, 15-13 Horizon League victory at the Hinkle Fieldhouse.
With the victory, Butler improves to 12-16 overall and 5-6 in Horizon League action while UIC falls to 17-12 on the campaign and 4-6 in league play.
Junior outside hitters Teaha Shepperd and Lindsey Filkins each paced the UIC offensive attack with 15 kills apiece. Sophomore middle hitter Kristi Herrington pounded home 14 kills, while Jordan Studzinski chipped in 11 kills for the Flames.
Studzinski proved to be the catalyst for the Flames in game four as UIC Head Coach Don August moved the libero over to the left side. The Lockport, Ill., native responded with 10 of her 11 kills in the fourth game alone to help UIC force a fifth game.
Butler jumped on the board early and took an 8-5 lead over the Flames at the turn. UIC battled back to tie the game up at 13-apiece, but the Bulldogs recorded a kill and a block to win the game and the match.
Butler used a stellar defense to help preserve the victory as the Bulldogs recorded 81 digs to UIC's 71 and 11 blocks to UIC's five. Kamy Peters led Butler with 19 digs, while Areal Bienemy (17 kills) chipped in seven block assists.
Kali Carter and Keely Norris led Butler with 18 kills apiece.
UIC will be back in action on Friday evening, as they will host Youngstown State at 7:00 p.m. in the Flames Athletic Center.