Loyola Fends Off Volleyball, 30-28, 33-31, 30-28|
Nov. 5, 2004
Chicago, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Chicago volleyball team put forth a valiant effort, but was unable to overcome Loyola, as the visiting Ramblers tallied the 30-28, 33-31, 30-28, Horizon League sweep over the host Flames at the Flames Athletic Center on Friday night.
Loyola outside hitter Nichol Amberg paced the Ramblers' attack with a double-double of 14 kills and 10 digs, while teammate Hilary Stromath posted 12 kills and a hitting percentage of .588 (12 kills, 2 errors, 17 attacks).
With the victory, Loyola improves to 18-7 overall and 9-3 in Horizon League play, while the Flames fall to 9-19 on the season and 5-7 in conference action.
Sophomore setter Katie Kozak garnered a double-double of 30 assists and 12 digs, while senior outside hitter Jordan Studzinski saw her seven-match streak of double-doubles end with eight kills and 10 digs against the Ramblers.
UIC had their opportunities in each game as the Flames found themselves tied at 28 in games one and three, while even facing game point in the second contest.
Game one was a see-saw affair that featured 22 tie scores and eight lead changes, bringing both teams to a 28-all tie. Amberg quickly squashed any thoughts of a UIC victory with consecutive kills to clinch the win for the Ramblers.
The second game saw UIC rally from a 29-24 deficit and take a 30-29 lead behind four Loyola attack errors, along with a Liz Hrebic service ace and a Nedeljkovic kill.
Stromath evened the score up at 30-apiece with a kill and later secured the victory for Loyola with consecutive service aces and the 33-31 win.
UIC found themselves in the same position in game three as they did in the opening game with the score tied at 28-apiece. The Flames then helped Loyola's cause with consecutive attack errors from Studzinski and Nedeljkovic, giving the Ramblers the 30-28 victory and the Horizon League sweep.
UIC will be back in action next Friday, as they will travel to Ohio to square off with the Wright State Raiders at 6:00 p.m.