Aug. 30, 2008
NIU 3, Clev. St. 0 Final Box
UCONN 3, NIU 0 Final Box
DeKalb, Ill. – The Northern Illinois volleyball team split its two matches on Saturday, defeating Cleveland State (1-2) in the afternoon, 25-23, 25-17, 25-23, and losing to Connecticut (3-0) in the evening championship match, 12-25, 21-25, 27-29, to take second-place at the NIU Invite.
“To win that swing match against Cleveland State in three sets to get to the championship match was big for us,” said NIU head coach Ray Gooden. “The loss to UCONN leaves a bad taste in our mouth because we were really looking forward to that match, but we came up a little short on our goal. But I also think there was a lot of good that we will take from this weekend into our match on Tuesday with Illinois State because we don’t have a lot of time to prepare. Illinois State is a really good team.
“We just started off slow and UCONN came out blazing. That was a big lesson learned because throughout the first set and the early part of the second set we were flat and weren’t cohesive. Then, from that point on, we played some good volleyball against them. We had a couple chances in the third set to force a fourth set, but just couldn’t pull it out.”
Freshman Allison McGlaughlin (Morton, Ill./Morton), who was selected to the All-Tournament Team, led the Huskies past Cleveland State with 15 kills and five aces, including three straight aces in the second set. McGlaughlin finished the weekend with nine aces and 29 kills.
“Allison had a really good weekend,” Gooden said. “She did a good job of attacking the ball and was very effective with her serve.”
Junior Meagan Schoenrock (Sylvania, Ohio/Northview), who also was selected to the All-Tournament Team, led the Huskies in kills over the weekend with 44, averaging 4.89 per set. She tallied 14 along with 11 digs in NIU’s win over the Vikings and had a team-high 15 in the loss to the Huskies.
Junior Amanda Tadla (Oak Lawn, Ill./Oak Lawn) notched a career-best 35 assists against the Vikings, also adding two kills and seven digs. She then came one assist shy of tying that high with 34 versus the Huskies.
As a team, NIU hit .310 in its first three matches of the year, accumulating 128 kills for an average of 14.22 per set. The Huskies also totaled 16 aces, averaging 1.78 per set.
The Huskies hit the road for their next match on Tuesday, September 2 against Illinois State at 7 p.m. CST in Bloomington, Ill.
Tournament Champion: Connecticut