Volleyball Iced By Penguins, 3-2|
Nov. 5, 2011
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The UIC volleyball team (14-13/7-8 Horizon) dropped a hard-fought match to Youngstown State (4-23/2-12 Horizon), 3-2 (21-25, 21-25, 25-20, 25-20, 14-16) Saturday inside the Beeghly Center in Youngstown, Ohio. Junior Kelsey Safranek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South) recorded a career-high 33 kills and added six digs to pace the UIC effort.
The Flames hit at a .276 clip in large part due to the effort of Nicole Allgood (Crestwood, Ky./South Oldham). The redshirt junior hit an impressive .548 and contributed 18 kills. Sophomore captain MaryKate Imrie (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) logged a double-double with a match-high 61 assists and a career-best 21 digs.
The Flames dug an early 2-0 hole after dropping the first two sets by a score of 21-25. Moving into the third set, the Flames trailed 11-15, but used two kills by Allgood to knot the score at 17. From there, the UIC squad scored two-straight points then captured five of the final six points of the set to earn a 25-20 victory.
In the fourth set the Flames jumped out to a 7-2 advantage and led by as many as seven points (21-17), before taking the fourth set with ease at 25-20. The UIC team hit at a solid .448 clip in the set.
The Flames took a one-point advantage (12-11) on a kill by Safranek in the deciding set. With the score knotted at 14, the Penguins recorded the final two points of the match to claim a 16-14 fifth-set victory ending the UIC squad's valiant comeback effort.
UIC returns to action Nov. 12 in a match against Milwaukee at 6:00 p.m. (CT) inside the Flames Athletic Center in Chicago, Ill.