By: Ryan Hartwig (@RyanHartwig)
- The Green Bay volleyball team (9-8, 1-3) fell 3-0 to UIC (10-10, 3-2)
on Friday night in a Horizon League contest at the Flames Athletic
Center in Chicago. The 25-19, 25-21,
25-14 result marked the second straight 3-0 win for the Flames, and the
first time the Phoenix had been swept since Sept. 1.
"We weren't ready to play tonight and UIC took advantage of it," Phoenix head coach
Debbie Kirch said. "As a coach, I need to do a better
job of making sure we are ready to go from point one. We will keep
looking for the answer, starting tomorrow at Loyola."
Green Bay recorded the match's first point on a kill by
Leah Van Zeeland (Kaukauna, Wis.), but the Flames took
control after that, building a 9-5 lead early in set one and forcing a
Phoenix timeout. Green Bay kept it close, trailing just 15-13 after a
Katie Mroczenski (New Berlin, Wis.), but the home team pushed its lead to 22-17 before closing out the first set 25-19.
Set two saw the Phoenix on top
6-3 to start, but the Flames rallied back with a 6-0 run, capped off by
one of Sara Sternard's 12 kills. Green Bay rallied with an 8-3 run of
its own to regain the advantage at 14-12, but
another kill by Sternard gave the Flames a 17-16 lead - one they would
not give back. Kills by Van Zeeland and
Lyndsay Zabkowicz (Oak Creek, Wis.) knotted the score at 21-21, but a 4-0 run gave the Flames the 25-21 win and the 2-0 lead.
The third set was all UIC, as the
hosts surged out to 6-2 advantage and never looked back. The Flames
opened up a 10-point margin at 18-8, and finished with its largest lead
of the match at 25-14.
UIC was paced by senior Janise
Dismuke, who finished with a match-high 13 kills and a hitting
percentage of .400. MaryKate Imrie managed the Flames offense with 41
assists, while Justine Garcia and Maggie Strus had 10
Carmen Leitermann (Schofield, Wis.) had a strong performance for the Phoenix in the loss, hitting .450 with a team-high 11 kills.
Leah Poel (Jenison, Mich.) finished with 28 assists and
Brittany Groth (Oak Creek, Wis.) tallied a match-high 20 digs.
Coupled with last Friday's
five-set defeat at Milwaukee, the loss at UIC marked the first time the
Phoenix had lost consecutive matches since dropping three straight from
Aug. 25-28 in the first week of the season. Green
Bay entered Friday's match having won seven of its last 10.
Green Bay returns to action in Chicago tomorrow at 4 p.m., taking on Loyola at Gentile Arena.
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