Volleyball to Battle Bradley At Queen Of Peace High School

Queen of Peace alum Erica Anderson will return to her old stomping grounds on Columbus Day.
Queen of Peace alum Erica Anderson will return to her old stomping grounds on Columbus Day.

Oct. 6, 2000

Chicago, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Chicago is bringing NCAA Division I volleyball to the city's southwest side on Monday, October 9, as the Flames will take on Bradley University at Queen of Peace High School in Burbank, Ill.

The match is part of a Columbus Day tripleheader with the Queen of Peace sophomore volleyball team opening the day at 10:00 a.m. with a match versus Lockport High School. The Pride and Porters' varsity squads will then square off at 11:30 a.m., before the Flames and Braves wrap up the afternoon with a 2:00 p.m. start.

"Queen of Peace High School has an outstanding facility and we are grateful to them for hosting our match versus Bradley," commented UIC head coach Don August. "We are especially excited because it gives a chance for our two Queen of Peace alumni to go home again. It also occurs that they are playing Lockport prior to our match and with three Lockport players on our squad it will be a great opportunity for them to play in front of their old teammates and fans."

All in all, it will be a homecoming for three Queen of Peace alumni as UIC senior's Erica Anderson and Ann Hintz, who graduated in 1997, and Bradley sophomore Molly Mann, a 1999 graduate, will be honored prior to the match for their prep achievements. Anderson was a three-year varsity letterwinner for the Pride and earned honorable mention all-state accolades after her junior season in which she set a school record with 699 assists. A teammate of Anderson's, Hintz helped guide Queen of Peace to a fourth-place finish in the 1995 IHSA State Volleyball Tournament while earning all-area honors from both the Daily Southtown and Chicago Sun-Times. Mann paced the Pride to their first-ever Girl's Catholic Athletic Conference Championship and a national ranking as high as No. 10 in the country in 1998.

The match will also feature three former Lockport stars with sophomore Gina Caneva (Class of 1999) and freshmen Dawn Strahanoski (Class of 2000) and Jordan Studzinski (Class of 2000) representing the Porters.

Besides the volleyball, the afternoon will also include giveaways, as well as an autograph session with the UIC and Bradley players following their contest.

"We are looking forward to a very competitive match and making it a fun afternoon of volleyball," stated August. "Hopefully, we can bring the feel of exciting Division I volleyball to the southwest side."

Tickets are on sale for the both the Queen of Peace and the UIC matches, with separate tickets being sold for each event. Ticket prices for the Queen of Peace game are $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for non-Pride students and $1.00 for senior citizens. For the collegiate contest, tickets will be $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for all students with a valid school I.D. For more information on tickets, call (708) 458-4600.