Illinois Defeats Clemson In Four Games
Aug. 30, 2003
Normal, Ill. -
Illinois closed out play Saturday night at the Illinois State Barker GMC Classic by defeating Clemson in four games by the score of 30-17, 28-30, 30-24, 30-26. With the win, the Illini took home second place in the tournament with a 2-1 record.
Senior middle blocker Lisa Argabright was the start of the match against Clemson (0-3). She registered a match-high 18 kills and hit .433 for the match. Argabright's total of 18 kills against the Tigers marked her highest output since a 20-kill performance against Michigan State on Oct. 26, 2002.
Argabright also highlighted an aggressive serving strategy by the Illini. Illinois had 11 service aces in the match, led by four aces by Argabright. Three of her teammates added two aces apiece in Jessica Belter, Melissa Vandrey and Shelly O'Bryan. Vandrey joined Argabright in double figures in kills with 14 while O'Bryan recorded a match-high attack percentage of .467, with eight kills and only one error in 15 swings. Sophomore Rachel VanMeter added 15 kills for the Illini.
Illinois outdug the Tigers by a 68-59 margin, led by the defensive play of juniors Kathleen Bazzetta and Lauren Harks. Bazzetta set a career high with 17 digs, bettering her previous career mark of 14 digs set last season vs. Penn State. Harks added 15 digs from the libero position.
"This tournament was very beneficial for our team, we learned a lot about ourselves and what we can improve on," Head Coach Don Hardin said. "We're gaining confidence, and I like the improvement I'm seeing from different players, especially Erin Virtue," Hardin said of his setter, who averaged 13.3 assists per game at the tournament. "I though she got better and become more comfortable each match during the weekend."
Illinois returns to Huff Hall next weekend to host the annual State Farm Illini Classic. The Classic begins Friday, Sept. 5 with Evansville facing Wake Forest at 6 p.m. and the Illini taking on DePaul at 8:30 p.m. The schedule on Saturday, Sept. 6 begins with the consolation match at 6 p.m. and the championship match at 8:30 p.m.