RESULT: UIC def. Butler 25-22, 25-23, 25-16
CHICAGO - UIC used a balanced offensive attack and the Flames held Butler to .192 hitting as the BU volleyball team was swept at UIC, 3-0, Saturday afternoon. Senior Porshia Allen had 13 kills and nine digs and junior Jessica Wolfe had 12 kills and seven digs to lead the Bulldogs.
Three UIC players had at least eight kills to keep the Dogs off balance.
"We broke down at crucial times," head coach Sharon Clark said. Their defense kept them in the match and we didn't step up defensively when the pressure was on us."
Butler (15-9, 5-2 HL) seemed to be in control early, taking an 18-11 lead on a service ace by freshman Gina Vera. The Flames quickly ran off a 10-2 run to take a 21-20 lead. The two teams traded points until UIC eventually prevailed 25-22 in the first set.
The Bulldogs, who entered the match having won five of their last six, again established a lead in the second set. BU led 11-7 on four service aces from Wolfe and two kills from Allen. The Bulldogs would lead by its largest margin at 18-11. UIC then went on a 10-4 run to pull within 22-21. The Bulldogs led 23-22 before committing three straight attack errors to lose the second set 25-23.
Butler trailed 12-9 in the third set when the Flames won four straight points with Taylor Szatkowski serving. The Flames cruised the rest of the way to take the set 25-16 and clinch the sweep.
Vera had 29 assists and seven digs while junior Katie Daprile had 13 digs.
Kelsey Safranek had 12 kills and hit .474 for UIC. Szatkowski had a match-high 16 digs.
Butler continues its weekend in Chicago with a match at Loyola Sunday, Oct. 11. First serve is at 4 p.m.