Loyola Outlasts Volleyball, 30-12, 24-30, 30-19, 26-30, 15-11|
Nov. 14, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Chicago volleyball team was able to push Loyola to the limit, but the Ramblers held the Flames off for the 30-12, 24-30, 30-19, 26-30, 15-11 Horizon League victory at Alumni Gym on Friday night.
Loyola senior outside hitter Jorie Miguel (13 digs) recorded a match-high 19 kills to lead the Ramblers, while teammate Nichol Amberg added a double-double of 15 kills and 14 digs. Loyola setter Lauren Holbrook (44 assists, 17 digs, 9 kills) was one kill short of a triple-double.
With the victory, Loyola extends its winning streak to 10 matches and moves to 18-13 overall and 11-3 in Horizon League play, while the Flames fall to 11-20 on the campaign and 2-12 in league action.
Senior outside hitter Teaha Shepperd paced the UIC offensive attack with 18 kills and 15 digs, while teammates Jordan Studzinski (12 kills, 11 digs) and Meghan Keck (20 assists, 13 digs) each notched double-doubles for the Flames.
After both Loyola and UIC split the first four games, the Flames took a 9-8 lead over the Ramblers in the fifth game. Loyola responded with a 7-2 run, led by a kill, a block and a service ace from Amberg to clinch the match for the Ramblers.
Loyola finished the match with 10 service aces, led by three from Amberg.
In the first game, Miguel helped the Ramblers cruise to the 30-12 victory as the senior outside hitter recorded seven kills without an error for a hitting percentage of .875 (7 kills, 0 errors, 8 attacks).
Game two was a see-saw affair that saw Loyola and UIC battle to a 20-20 tie. Shepperd quickly put an end to that, as the Kalamazoo, Mich., keyed a 10-4 run with four kills to push the Flames to the 30-24 victory.
In the third game, UIC was unable to get its offensive attack going as the Flames recorded only two kills and finished with a hitting percentage of -.222 (2 kills, 10 errors, 36 attacks). Loyola was also strong defensively as they converted 23 digs which was more than they had in the first two games combined.
UIC was in control for most of the fourth game as Shepperd garnered six kills to help lift the Flames to the 30-26 decision.
UIC will be back in action on Friday, as they will travel to Butler to participate in the Horizon League Volleyball Tournament.