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Volleyball Falls To UT Arlington, 3-1




Aug. 31, 2012

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CHICAGO - Sophomore Sara Sternard(Clarendon Hills, Ill./Westmont) compiled a .417 hitting percentage with 12 kills as the UIC volleyball team (2-2/0-0 Horizon) fell 3-1 (26-24, 25-20, 25-22, 25-23) Friday in the opening match of the UIC Invitational inside the Flames Athletic Center.

Sternard had 12 kills, while senior Janise Dismuke (Peoria, Ill./Richwoods) chipped in an additional 10 kills (.364) on the night. Junior setter MaryKate Imrie(Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) dished out 55 assists in the contest.

In the first set, UIC caught momentum early with a four-point run to tie the set at 5-5, before notching another four-point run to again tie the match at 13-13. In a back-and-forth contest, the Mavericks were eventually able to outlast the Flames 26-24 and gain a 1-0 lead in the match.

UIC stepped up its intensity early in the second set as UT Arlington was unable to gain a lead on the Flames. After the set tied at 2-2, the Mavericks were only able to come within one point on two separate occasions in the remainder of the set. UIC notched four five-point leads and two six-point leads in the set.

Dismuke and sophomore Molly McCoy(St. Charles, Ill./Wheaton Academy) finished off the set to tie the match at 2-2 with a block assist that claimed the game at 25-20.

In the third set, UIC found itself in a six-point deficit (19-13), before battling back with a 7-3 run that placed the Flames within two points of the Mavericks, 22-20. From there, UIC claimed two more points, including a kill by McCoy, but UT Arlington secured the set at 25-22.

In what turned into the deciding set for the match, it was a back-and-forth battle, which consisted of nine lead changes. The Flames began the game with a three point run, including two service aces by Imrie. Eventually, with the score at 24-23, UT Arlington, the Maverickss were able to secure the set and match at 25-23.

The Flames continue play at the UIC Invitational Saturday as the team plays host to IPFW at Noon (CT), followed by Eastern Michigan at 7:00 p.m.

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