Volleyball Drops 27-30, 30-27, 30-22, 30-23 Decision To UW-Milwaukee
Nov. 15, 2002
Milwaukee, Wis. - The University of Illinois at Chicago volleyball team came out like gang-busters in the opening game of their match against UW-Milwaukee as the Flames earned a 30-27 victory over the Panthers.
The Flames, however, were unable to maintain their momentum as UW-Milwaukee captured the next three games to earn the 27-30, 30-27, 30-22, 30-23 Horizon League victory over UIC at the Klotsche Center on Friday night.
With the victory, UW-Milwaukee improves to 17-12 overall and 11-2 in Horizon League action, while UIC falls to 19-13 on the campaign and 6-7 in the league.
"We didn't sustain our level of play," UIC head coach Don August said. "We sustained in spurts, but not long enough spurts to beat them.
"We made plays, but we didn't execute offensively when we needed to," August continued. "We had chances to take the lead or tie the game at a critical point and we'd hit the ball into a block or we'd hit it out of bounds."
Junior outside hitter Lindsey Filkins led the way for the Flames with a double-double of 14 kills and 10 digs.. Outside hitters Teaha Shepperd (12 kills, 11 digs) and Lara Clarkson (10 kills, 16 digs) also recorded double-doubles for UIC on Friday night.
The first game was a see-saw affair between the two teams that featured 14 ties and six lead changes.
UW-Milwaukee held a 27-26 lead, before Filkins connected on a pair of kills and the Panthers committed a pair of errors to help clinch the victory for UIC.
UW-Milwaukee jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the first game before UIC went on a 6-0 run, led by a pair of aces from Meghan Keck to bring the Flames to within one point at 10-9.
The Panthers countered with another spurt of their own as they cruised out to a 22-15 lead, following a block from Rachel Kuebbing. UIC, once again, bounced back with an 11-5 run to narrow UWM's lead to 27-26.
UW-Milwaukee then put the game away with a kill from Sarah Potts (11 kills) and a pair of UIC hitting errors. The Panthers controlled the next two games to clinch the match.
Tari Boutin garnered a match-high 15 kills, while teammates Larissa Cattanach (12 kills), Karen Fruit (12 kills) and Sarah Potts (11 kills) each pounded home double-digit kills for the Panthers.
UIC will square off with UW-Green Bay on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in a battle for third place in the Horizon League.