Women’s Volleyball Drops Five-Set Match to Concordia

volleyballThe Illinois Tech Women’s Volleyball team made the short drive to River Forest on October 25 to oppose Concordia University Chicago. In a tight match, the Scarlet Hawks fell to the Cougars in five sets to move to 14-15 on the season.


  • Set one: Illinois Tech 25, CUC 20
  • Set two: CUC 25, Illinois Tech 23,
  • Set three: Illinois Tech 27, CUC 25
  • Set four: CUC 25, Illinois Tech 23
  • Set five: CUC 15, Illinois Tech 8

How it Happened

  • The Scarlet Hawks built a 6-2 lead in the first set before the Cougars went on a 7-1 run to take the lead. Illinois Tech retook the lead at 10-9 and never looked back, as a Taylor Burton kill clinched a 25-20 set one win.
  • Set two was tight, as no team led by more than three points (CUC at 5-2). The last lead the Hawks saw in the set was a 21-20 advantage, as CUC responded with a 3-0 run and held the advantage to win 25-23.
  • In set three, the Scarlet Hawks jumped out to a 13-6 lead after a 7-0 run. CUC would claw its way back to tie things at 21, but the Scarlet Hawks responded with three straight points. After a 3-0 run from the Cougars to tie it again, kills from Jelena Vujicic, Katherine McCutcheon, and Irena Grauzinis gave the Scarlet Hawks the set win.
  • Set four was controlled by the Cougars, building a five-point lead early. The Scarlet Hawks wouldn’t lead until an attack error from CUC gave Illinois Tech a 21-20 advantage, but the Cougars closed the set on a 5-2 run for the win.
  • The fifth and final set saw the Scarlet Hawks start off with a 3-2 lead, but CUC would surge ahead with a  7-0 run. Illinois Tech would cut the lead to one before a 6-0 run iced the Cougar victory.

Scarlet Hawk Standouts

  • Burton tallied eight kills and seven blocks while hitting .250%.
  • Vujicic tallied 11 kills and also hit .250%.
  • Grauzinis led the team with 17 kills and also contributed two aces and 11 digs.
  • Courtney Darling added 42 assists, 10 digs, and three blocks.

Stats to Know

  • CUC outhit Illinois Tech .156% to .135%.
  • The Scarlet Hawks tallied 20 total blocks compared to just five for the Cougars.
  • CUC outdug Illinois Tech 82-76.

Up Next

  • Illinois Tech will play at Maranatha Baptist on Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m.