CHICAGO, Ill. - Western Illinois volleyball battled the Chicago State Cougars for the second time in the last week on Tuesday evening (Sept. 17). The Leathernecks defeated the Cougars 3-0 for the second time to improve to 5-8 on the season. The Cougars fell to 2-10 on the season after the loss.
"Tonight was a good win against a scrappy Chicago State team," head coach April Hall said. "We came out strong and on a mission. We executed our game plan from start to finish and adapted to game time adjustments very well. Adversity hit us a little bit during the match but we maintained our composure throughout."
Western handled the Cougars in the opening set 25-13 to take an early 1-0 lead in the match. Set two saw the Leathernecks win 25-18 while the third and final set was a 25-23 victory for the Purple & Gold. The three-set sweep is the third for Western this season.
"It was good to see strong efforts across the board from our team," said Hall. "We found a rhythm in our offense and our defense battled well for us tonight. We showed the continuum of volleyball and how each and every part is reliant on the other."
Ann Miller recorded 16 kills to lead Western in the match with an impressive .483 hitting percentage. Miller also notched nine digs for the Leathernecks.
As a team Western matched their season high with a .402 hitting percentage.
"I don't want to single any one player out for their performance," added Hall. "Everyone put forth the effort for this win and everyone deserves the credit. It is my hope that we can continue this momentum into the weekend and find success as a collective unit."
The Leathernecks will be back in action this Friday (Sept. 20) as they travel to DeKalb, Ill. to participate in the Northern Illinois Tournament. The team will battle George Washington and Oakland in its final two non-conference matches of the regular season.