Volleyball Ousted At MCC Championships
Nov. 18, 2000
Cleveland, Ohio - The fourth-seeded UIC volleyball team saw its season come to an end Saturday morning as they squandered leads in the first and third game, falling 15-13, 15-0, 16-14 to #5 Wright State in the opening match of the 2000 Midwestern Collegiate Conference Volleyball Championships at Cleveland State's Woodling Gymnasium.
It was the Flames who seemed ready to play from the get go early on Saturday as they jumped out to a 7-2 advantage in game one and would eventually build that lead to 9-4. If Wright State still had a little sleep in its eyes at this point, they wiped it quickly away as they rattled off nine unanswered points to take the lead, 13-9. UIC fought back to tie the frame, 13-13, but a key block by WSU's Liza Osterhage and an attack error by Flames' freshman Lindsey Filkins gave the Raiders the first game 15-13.
The second game was all Wright State as the Raiders skunked UIC, 15-0. WSU hit .440 in the frame, committing just one attack error while pounding down 12 kills. The Flames didn't help their own cause much, posting a -.077 hitting percentage in the game with just four kills compared to six errors.
The Raiders seemed poised to put UIC away in game three as they continued their hot hitting to build a 4-1 lead. The Flames wouldn't die, though, tallying nine straight points to take a 10-4 advantage. With momentum looking as if it might be coming back towards UIC, Wright State quickly grabbed it back as they chipped away at the Flames and eventually caught them at 11-11. Don August's crew had one last run left in them and scored the next three points to put the game at match point, 14-11. Once again, though, the Raiders would not be denied, tallying five-straight points to finish off the match, 16-14.
Tara Trissel paced the Raiders, who had four players finish with double-figure kill totals on Saturday, as she tabbed a match-high 15 kills. Trissel was extremely accurate as well, recording a .480 attack percentage (15K-3E-26TA). As a team, Wright State used a strong all-around hitting match to help douse the Flames. For the match, the Raiders hit .302 (60K-18E-139TA) compared to UIC's .164 (44K-21E-140TA) attack percentage.
Freshman Lindsey Filkins did her best to keep the Flames alive, pounding down 14 kills while also adding six digs. Sophomore Lara Clarkson was also strong, registering a double-double with 13 kills and 10 digs, as well as three blocks in the match. Senior Erica Anderson wrapped up her career at UIC with 38 assists and six digs.
With the win, the Raiders (11-16) advance to meet top-seeded Loyola in the semifinals this afternoon at 4:00 p.m.
The Flames finish the year with an 18-13 record.